British Touring Cars gets on-board with Videosys8 September 2014
Videosys Broadcast has announced its support of UK OB specialists Cloudbass to supply onboard camera and video transmission systems for HD coverage of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). During the Championship 31 drivers compete in two-litre engine versions of their road cars over 10 races at circuits around the UK.
Working with Cloudbass and using Cobham Broadcast’s Solo 4 HD TX transmitter and PRORXB eight-way receiver/decoder unit, Videosys devised new onboard camera transmission systems for four BTCC cars, two support cars, four pit lane cameras and one pit lane return vision monitor; plus a bespoke fibre link and live switching system designed by Videosys.
The designated BTCC cars are equipped with cameras attached to Cobham’s Solo 4 HD TX wireless transmitter. The 2RU PRORXB wireless receiver platform from Cobham is a COFDM receiver designed to work with H.264 wireless camera systems.
Cloudbass head of RF Jason Naismith said, “The knowledge and first-hand experience that the Videosys team has was invaluable when working together to produce the onboard system. They understood our need to have a system that was specific to motorsport but that could be versatile and be able to be redeployed in to other situations”.
The SMPTE fibre and live switching system from Videosys is one-cable solution that provides a return data path for camera control and remote DC output for a data transmitter.