Following their recent successful application during the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, Eyeheight colour correctors returned to the forefront of British sports on Sunday 21 April, deployed during coverage of the 2013 London Marathon.
The contest began with a 30-second silence in honour of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. A total of 34,278 runners completed the 26 mile main course, watched along the route by more than 700,000 spectators. This year's events were won by Tsegaye Kebede (Men's Elite Race), Priscah Jeptoo (Women's Elite Race), Kurt Fearnley (Men's Wheelchair Race) and Tatyana McFadden (Women's Wheelchair Race).
"The London Marathon is one of the largest outside broadcast events in the British sports calendar," explains Eyeheight's Sales Director, Martin Moore. "It is challenge for the contestants and would be a nightmare for the television colourists unless they had the right production tools. Six CC-2M channels housed in two chassis were used to ensure consistent colour matching between traditional cameras at fixed locations plus a variety of minicams following the action. The CC-2Ms were chosen for their proven quality, ease of use and compactness."
Designed to handle 525/625, 720 and 1080 line content, Eyeheight's CC-2M colour corrector is an auto-sensing system allowing independent real-time adjustment of red, green and blue component levels, master gain, lift, gamma and hue. A preview output provides a configurable split screen showing the processed and unprocessed image. Up to six CC-2M colour correction cards can be housed in a 1 rack unit FB-9E chassis and operated from an FP-9C control panel with self-legending illuminated pushbuttons.
Eyeheight (www.eyeheight.com) designs and manufactures 3G, 3D and HD-SDI equipment for programme-origination, quality-assurance, post-production, playout and associated areas. This includes audio descriptors, audio loudness conformers, colour correctors, emergency switchers, mixers and keyers, safe area generators, subtitling decoders, text and graphics generators, timecode processors, video legalisers and widescreen signal generators. Eyeheight products are available worldwide.