IAAF Championships embrace NewTek TriCaster, 3Play systems

The World Indoor Championships of the IAAF, the International Association of Athletics Federations, held in Sopot, Poland, from 7-9 of March, are the most important event for the Athletics Federations this year as there will be no Olympics and no outdoor world championship. And TRBroadcast of Poland led the production charge with three NewTek TriCaster production systems as well as graphics via 3D Storm and the 3Play replay system.

“The quality of the slow motion delivered by the 3Play impressed the jury of the IAAF”, says Tomasz Kolaczyk, owner of TRBroadcast. “The image is sharp and that it is a great help for the referees so they can have an eye on any details of the competition. On my side, I could operate NewTek solutions for sports live productions with my eyes shut. It is that reliable and efficient, that I never hesitate to recommend TriCaster and 3Play on such major international events. It always delivers.”

The event was broadcasted on major television networks, such as TVP, the host broadcaster in Poland, and the BBC,Eurosport, TV Globo, who even built their own studio in the Ergo Arena. TRBroadcast, 3D Storm partner and NewTek dealer in Poland, installed the complete production setup with a total of three NewTek systems. They operated the live production with a TriCaster as the backbone. They used a TriCaster with eight camera inputs, fed by the Polish television as well as local organizers’ cameras, to broadcast all the sporting event, but also behind the scenes images. TriCaster was also sending the program out to four big LED screens hung above the main field. To complete TriCaster actions, as a full sports live production solution, a 3Play was added in the production workflow to operate slow-motion and instant replay.

Lately many sports organizations have found a new application for 3Play, in the referee room. With 200 hours recording capacity in HD the 3Play could record the six cameras of the Polish television and send all the competitions images and highlights to be judged by the referees.

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