F1's season debut race in Melbourne also saw the introduction of a new production switcher to Sky’s latest UHD Gallery in Isleworth, west London – the Carbonite Black from Ross Video.
This new gallery will be used for a variety of sports programming, including Sky’s UHD coverage of the entire 2017 F1 season, and the Carbonite Black is an integral part of the gallery’s UHD workflow.
Mike Ruddell, Sky’s head of sports technology said: “When used for the F1 UHD workflow this control room operates very differently to what we’ve done before. As such we had a great opportunity to try something different on the equipment front.
"The Carbonite Black was a good fit for our requirements particularly the way we could use the ‘Dashboard’ product to create a simple user interface. This gallery is designed to operate with minimal crew so simplicity and reliability are key. It was good to see how quickly our teams got up to speed on the operation of the switcher with great support from the Ross team."
Oscar Juste, Ross Video director of sales, EMEA, added: “The Carbonite continues to enjoy success as the world’s best-selling midsize production switcher range, and the Black version is one of the most flexible and versatile performers we’ve ever made.
"We’re naturally very happy that Sky are using the Carbonite Black – last week’s coverage of the Melbourne race looked fantastic – and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship with Sky across Europe and working more closely with them."