DIRTVision, the premier dirt racing broadcast provider, needed a rugged, cost effective camera solution capable of taking viewers trackside to capture all the exciting motor sports action. Marshall Electronics CV506 Miniature Full-HD fit the bill with its premium video quality and small form factor.
DIRTVision is owned by parent company World Racing Group. The company’s largest brand and premier racing series, World of Outlaws, races coast to coast. DIRTVision streams all 155 World of Outlaw races each year. In total, DIRTVision streams 400 dirt races annually. From live coverage to historical races, DIRTVision it is the one-stop-shop for exclusive video and audio events. DIRTVision has been using Marshall cameras as part of its workflow since 2015.
“We had looked at the Marshall CV505 at NAB a few years ago and were immediately impressed,” says Brian Dunlap, director, broadcast services, World Racing Group. “We had the opportunity to see them in action through some of the production companies we work with and were really happy with the results. One of the main factors for us is being able to keep the cameras safe from crashes during races. Once we found a way to further protect them, using a custom aluminum enclosure, it was a no brainer, and we made the purchase. We then transitioned to the company’s 506’s when they were introduced last year.”
Every DIRTVision-covered race features three to four man operated full-size cameras with an additional four or five Marshall CV506 cameras placed around the track and venue. “We set up the 506’s in its custom housings, which also has a screw- on lens filter,” adds Dunlap. “This really keeps the camera protected and we just replace the lens filter, if needed. The cameras move with us from racetrack to racetrack, so it is really helpful that they are so easy to set up. The 506’s size, functionality, ease of use and durability is fantastic. They’ve been great and there really is no reason to consider going with anything else.”
The Marshall CV506 Miniature Full-HD Camera with 3GSDI/HDMI offers performance, flexibility and value in a small form factor. Built around a next generation 2.5-Megapixel, 1/2.86-inch sensor, the CV506 delivers ultra-crisp, clear progressive Full-HD video up to 1920x1080p at 60/59/50fps and interlaced 1920x1080i at 60/59/50fps as well as 720p. The CV506 utilizes full-sized BNC (3G/HDSDI) and HDMI outputs on its rear panel and locking I/O connection for power, control and stereo audio input (embedded on either output). The CV506’s threaded M12 lens mount offers a wide range of prime and varifocal lens options to use for different looks.
“The CV506’s low angle closeup shot capabilities is the one shot that really helps us illustrate the true speed of the car over video,” says Dunlap. “Sometimes that's difficult from manned cameras that are at a safe distance away, but when you're able to put Marshall cameras right up next to the cars as they go by, it really portrays that speed.”
The CV506 can capture detailed shots while maintaining an ultra-discreet miniature point-of-view perspective without sacrificing versatility or convenience. Remote adjustment and picture settings commands are delivered via common RS485 (Visca) or OSD menu joystick on locking breakout cable. A wide range of picture adjustment settings are available and adjustable from a distance including paint (red/blue), white balance, exposure, gain control, pedestal (blacks), white clip, gamma, and more.
“Tod and the team at Marshall have been awesome to work with,” adds Dunlap. “When we have had questions or evaluated different workflows, the customer service side of Marshall has been outstanding. Their product knowledge has been great. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to work with. They just get it. It’s so nice to work with not only professional grade cameras and equipment, but great people as well.”