Gearhouse Broadcast ‘Set’ for Australian Open 2005
Gearhouse Broadcast have been involved in the project from the planning stage, carrying out venue inspections, specifying the requirements for the coverage of the tournament and preparing CAD and system diagrams of the set-up. Gearhouse Broadcast engineers will be installing the host facilities before testing the feeds and handing over the site to Seven Network, who will be providing coverage for the event, which runs from Monday 17th to Sunday 30th January.
There are six courts covered for television including the Rod Laver Arena and the Vodafone Arena that Gearhouse Broadcast will rig. The Rod Laver Arena with its retractable roof is the centre court for the event and will have continued coverage during the event with the final match being the Men’s’ Singles Final. This court will have a total of 16 cameras including one Link radio camera.
In total 59 cameras will be utilized for the event including both Sony BVP-550’s and Sony BVP-950’s, 5 Thomson LDK-23 MKII Super Slo-mo camera systems and 1 Link XPR radio camera. 27 VTR’s including Sony DVW-M2000 decks and 14 EVS Hard disk systems will also be used.
A total of 7 vision mixers will be used for the coverage of the event including 3 Sony DVS-7350’s, 3 Sony DVS-7150’s and 1 Thomson DD35, with a total of 6 audio mixers across the venue.
There will be three edit suites installed in total. One linear edit suite will be situated in a host administration area, which will be bookable as required. This edit suite will consist of 3 DVW-M2000’s, 1 BVE 2000 edit controller, 1 DVS-2000 Vision mixer and 1 Sony MXP-S390 Audio mixer.
There will be two edit suites as part of the unilateral facilities. The first will be a linear edit suite, the same set-up as the other linear suite, with the second an Avid non-linear suite.
Gearhouse Broadcast are creating a very flexible system in terms of signal distribution. Using 1 x ‘256x256’ router and 2 x ‘64x64’ routers, all signals will be available to any production area at any time at the push of a button. A 200 x 200 comms matrix will also be used to fulfil all the communication requirements for the host and channel 7 unilateral coverage.
The nature and profile of this event dictates an enhanced focus on redundancy. Gearhouse Broadcast will install a 64 x 64 SDI emergency router, providing back up in case any vision mixer fails, or if the 256 x 256 squared router incurs technical problems. This router will be able to create a dirty or clean feed of each court using a limited number of court cameras and slo-motion sources.
One of the most unique aspects of this project is that the whole production will be using embedded audio. All audio signals will be embedded into their associated video signals. This will be achieved by using a total of 66 embedders and 37 de-embedders. Using embedded audio will reduce the onsite cabling needed and the need for large analogue audio routers and associated distribution equipment.
The Australian Open 2005 is one of the biggest single jobs that Gearhouse Broadcast has undertaken. Based on previous experience working on the Tennis Masters Series earlier this year, the technical set-up has been expanded to accommodate the size and magnitude of this event.
Once the rigging is completed the site will be handed over to Seven Network who will use their staff to run the production of the tournament, which will be watched by millions worldwide.
During the event Gearhouse Broadcast will give technical support to Seven Network by offering guarantee Engineers to oversee the performance of the equipment.
Gearhouse Broadcast is an independent, privately owned company specializing in equipment rental, mobile production units, sales and applying technology to meet global broadcast solutions. The company has its headquarters in London and offices also in Los Angeles and in Sydney.
With a vast degree of experience and a proven track record in its involvement in major world sports events, GEARHOUSE BROADCAST was present at, amongst others, the Sydney Olympic Games, FIFA´s Football World Cup in South Korea and Japan, the World Athletics Championship in Paris, the Rugby World Cup in Australia, UEFA Euro 2004™ and most recently the Athens Olympic Games.
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