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Whisper Films, Gearhouse deliver F1 highlights for Channel 4

Gearhouse flyaway system designed so highlights can be remotely produced in London

Whisper Films has employed Gearhouse Broadcast technology to deliver Grand Prix highlights packages to Channel 4.

Weighing 2.4 tonnes, the Gearhouse flyaway system runs Sony PMW-X500 cameras, Canon broadcast lenses, Motorola digital radios, Audio Assist high power kits and backpacks, Wisycom radio mics and IEMs, and Wisycom RF-over-fibre for broadcasting at each Formula 1 race.

The system has also been designed so that highlights can be remotely produced back in London, by streaming all RF-over-fibre cameras and presentation microphones in real-time back to the UK. The video and audio signals can then be recorded and edited into highlights packages and transmitted via Channel 4.

Whisper Films CEO Sunil Patel said: “Keeping transportation costs and the amount of time our crew have to be on-site to a minimum was a key objective for us. We were impressed by what Gearhouse proposed to meet our needs.

“Whether we’re in Monte Carlo, Montreal or Singapore, this solution allows us to work efficiently, effectively and consistently, delivering a quality output that keeps Formula 1 available for British fans to watch on free-to-air television.”

Gearhouse Formula 1 unit manager Ryan Campbell added: “This has really challenged us to ask the question: what do we need to make this work? From lightweight racks and flight cases, to deep analysis of rigging at each circuit, we’ve come up with a solution that makes the most of the resources available.

“Thanks to our heritage in this field, we knew – and had access to – the expertise, technology and crew that were needed to deliver Whisper’s precise requirements within a tight budget.”