Royal Wedding: BSI provides UHD RF cameras for aerial and roadside views

Live broadcast specialist BSI was on hand to supply UHD RF cameras for the Royal Wedding, in particular the overhead camera which captured aerial views of the Windsor Long Walk and cameras by the Victoria Barracks and roadside.

The Royal Wedding was shot in full 4K UHD, with a huge media presence in Windsor – to the extent that around 8,000 members of the media and 100 cameras were in the town on Saturday.

BSI provided three BSI UHD Real Freedom RF Camera systems with integrated UHF camera control. The set-up included data transmitters at every receive point to enable camera control and remote control of the link path, so that the RF transmission could be adjusted as the conditions changed.

One of BSI’s Real Freedom systems was mounted overhead on a 44 metre crane, and was used to get the iconic wide views of the Windsor Long Walk as the procession made its way to Windsor Castle, while the other two Real Freedom camera systems were used on a tripod and on a Jimmy Jib.

BSI’s UK managing director, Tony Valentino, said: “The sheer amount of ENG and RF equipment in the area, with crowds of onlookers and security created some challenges. Once the cameras were in position, we had limited access to adjust them, so our ability to control the link path remotely was invaluable. Thanks to our R&D teams, the BSI Real Freedom proved itself once again and performed faultlessly.”

Tony Cahalane, who worked closely to Steve Williams, the Sky engineering manager, said: “We were completely happy with BSI’s Real Freedom systems. There was no interruption or break up from them – everything went perfectly to plan, and the ability to manipulate settings on the transmitter remotely was imperative to the success of what was an iconic shot from this prestigious event!”

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