SIS LIVE delivering onboard coverage of America’s Cup Finals

SIS LIVE has been supporting America’s Cup Television (ACTV) in the broadcast of the America’s Cup World Series, a prestigious series of yachting events spanning the last three years.

SIS LIVE has been involved since the race and broadcast equipment tests were conducted back in 2010 and is now involved in the final stages of the competition, which have been taking place throughout the summer in San Francisco Bay. Earlier this year ACTV and NBC were nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Technical Team Remote for the broadcast of the San Francisco regatta, which took place in October 2012.

Crucially to the SIS LIVE technical teams the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup races use a new design of yacht. These new, larger 72-foot wing-sail catamarans carry 11 crew and present a larger deck area to be covered. This means that SIS LIVE’s onboard camera and transmission systems have had to be adapted to suit. Throughout the competition the SIS LIVE special cameras team has been working closely with the yacht designers and racing teams to ensure that the onboard broadcast technology is as lightweight as possible and unobtrusively rigged to prevent any disruption to the onboard activities. Between the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Finals came the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup using ten of the smaller AC45 catamarans, which also required onboard camera systems.

Onboard coverage from each AC72 comes from six agile and one fixed camera systems controlled by two operators, with four live feeds available to the director at any one time and switching used to select the four active sources. The director also has the option of seeing two quad split screens on his production stack. Sixteen channels of sound are captured from each yacht, including from SIS LIVE’s in-house designed 5.0 surround sound microphone, deck FX mics, five radio mics on each of the crew members, and two hull mics rigged inside the hull to capture the creaks and groans of the boats. A lens wiper and newly introduced automated camera washing system periodically sprays the cameras with fresh water to ensure that the HD images captured remain crystal clear. SIS LIVE also handles the transmission and reception of all remote camera sources using their innovative RF over IP system and spectrum management expertise.

David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE, comments: “We are very proud to be part of the 34th America’s Cup series. The hard work and ingenuity of our talented staff has enabled some of the most daring and exciting coverage ever broadcast. I was involved in the initial bidding process where we presented a vision for transforming sailing coverage and it has been a pleasure to work with ACTV over the last three years and deliver the technology and service we promised. The races have been stunning and we are looking forward to delivering compelling coverage of the final stages of the competition, which promise to be even more exciting.”

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