The Nano HD TX wireless transmitter from Cobham was deployed as part of a wireless camera facility installed by Broadcast RF for coverage of Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby for Channel 4 Racing.
A small camera transmitter system was installed by Broadcast RF in the race starting stalls to provide up close views of jockeys and their mounts. Fitted with an external transmit antenna and quick release mount, the miniature transmitter system could be quickly rigged and derigged, and was camouflaged to blend into the starting stalls. With proprietary Cobham COFDM and H.264 encoding technology at its core, the Nano HD TX provides live production images over wireless links, with support for composite, SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI video input formats.
“The races at these events go on all day, usually with only 20 minutes or so between them,” said Broadcast RF sales director Chris Brandrick. “More cumbersome systems could not be readily rigged and derigged in the amount of time allotted to secure their position in the starting stalls, so by using the Nano HD TX, we were easily able to provide coverage for every race, all day, for both events.”
Brandrick concluded, “Everyone was happy with the images they received and the performance of the technology, and when I say that I mean everyone from the viewers at home to the broadcaster, the stall handlers and the jockeys themselves. I can’t speak for the horses, but they didn’t seem to mind either.”
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