Sport to the fore at SATIS

France’s biggest industry trade show, SATIS, has just finished at the Halle Freyssinet in Paris, and there was plenty on show there over its three day length to interest the French sports production community.

Visual TV, the well-known provider of video production services had the opportunity to present the various aspects of its involvement in the Bercy tennis tournament currently taking place near the show. In addition to the TV production, Visual TV, and in particular its subsidiary AMP Interactive ,offer a live internet broadcast. “We worked with a company called Digital Immersion that developed a 360° spherical camera and a dedicated player. We broadcast all the centre court games on the internet,” explains David Segret, in charge of encoding for the internet.

Panasonic showcased its 3D camcorders and in particular the new shoulder-mount AG-3DP1 camera that will be used for the Olympic Games in London. For close-up 3D filming of sports personalities (portraits for example), the company proposes the HDC-Z10000 that has a macro-shooting mode for close-ups of up to 45cm while maintaining a 32mm wide-angle view (equivalent to 35mm).

The French company PGM optical Fiber showed its different optic fibre cabling solutions and signal range extender (offset) units for shooting sports events. Case kits with audio/video connectors were exhibited next to the more traditional 2U rack mounts. A single optic fibre is able to transmit power supply, a HD video, a PAL signal, sound, tally, and the IP network on Ethernet.

Miranda gave demonstrations of its Vertigo graphics solutions dedicated tool with easier integration of After Effects motion graphics and visual effects. The Vertigo Xstudio interface module is used to create and manage dynamic graphics templates.

NewTek proposed its new Tricaster 450 and 450 Extreme for live production, streaming and the HD virtual studio. Both are equipped with 4 video inputs but the Extreme version has 4 recording channels instead of one. NewTek also showcased its 3Play 425, a slow motion replay system with 4 inputs and 2 HD play out channels. To illustrate just how compact the equipment really is the Tricaster 450 Extreme and 3Play 425 solutions were installed in a Mini car with a satellite dish mounted on its roof. Just next to NewTek, the British company SIS LIVE exhibited its SIScaster, a compact OB vehicle with integrated Tricaster solutions.

X-Treme Video/Go Pro revealed the Drony Xsories 4X drone to the public. It can carry HD and 3D cameras and photographic equipment. It is able to relay video to users on the ground and is also equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, altimeter and GPS for easier piloting. X-Treme also made the official presentation of its new version of the sports video cam GoPro called Hero 2. It has new options such as a choice of angles of view (170, 127 or 90° FOV) and a mini jack plugin to connect with an external microphone.

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