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NOS claims world first use of live NAC Hi-Motion II

18 April 2013
NOS claims world first use of live NAC Hi-Motion II

During the live NOS broadcast of the Dutch cycling classic Amstel Gold Race, viewers were treated to stunning ultra slow motion shots coming live from a motorcycle camera in what is considered a world’s first. Using a NAC Hi-Motion II supplied by Netherlands-based full-service rental house Broadcast Rental, the live ultra slow motion shots were transmitted through a RF connection to the OB truck. In regular OB productions, the NAC Hi-Motion II is connected via cable and the replay-operator controls the ultra slow motion footage from the camera. During the Amstel Gold Race, however, the slow motion footage was actually being triggered by the camera operator and the replays sent as a live feed to the director for broadcast. “Last summer we were really happy with this camera during the London Olympic Games, unfortunately we couldn’t use it on a motorcycle due to safety measures,” said NOS director Pim Mark. “Now I had the opportunity of using it on the back of a motorcycle and it truly met my needs. I had the best ultra slow motion shots just when I needed them, for live and fallback situations. And the viewers could enjoy amazing never before seen close-ups of the cyclers and their bikes.” “We had a world first here”, said Geert Paul Slee, CEO of Broadcast Rental: “It was never done before during road cycling. An ultra slow motion camera transmitted the shots live through a wireless RF connection to the OB truck. Together with the R&D department of NAC we managed to do it with dedicated new software. It enables the camera operator on the back of the motor cycle to trigger ultra slow motion situations as they happen.”

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