Broadcast Solutions truck at centre of Daegu Championships

KBS' new HD truckWith many of the world’s eyes bent towards Korea and the IAAF World Championships, Korea’s KBS is currently producing up to eight hours of live coverage a day with its 16-camera HD OB truck, HDTV-4, constructed by Germany’s Broadcast Solutions GmbH.

The individual athletic disciplines are divided into feeds: track, vertical jump, horizontal jump, shot put and throws. As various disciplines are held at the same time, several control rooms for production are necessary, while HDTV-4 OB produces the KBS host feed and thus has the largest share of the ‘On-Air’ times at the Championships (roughly 60%).

KBS is using a total of 89 cameras, with 33 of them routed through HDTV-4: eight shared cameras for different feeds and 25 others, including four wireless cameras, three Antelope high-speed camera systems, two super-slow motion cameras, two cameras on a parallel rail system (which are also used for a 3Dfeed), a Polecam and a CableCam.

All signals are processed with a Sony MVS-8000X vision mixer. A Sony MVS-6000 vision mixer provides redundancy and sends a permanent back-up signal to the MCR. Seven networked EVS XT2 + servers with an IPDirector are used for slow motion and the highlight section, while three different graphic systems are in use: time graphics, international graphics and virtual graphics, showing the flags of each athlete’s country on the track.

Inside the stadium 40 microphones for the event are placed on the track or mounted on cameras to produce the stereo signal. The Riedel intercom system of the OB truck is networked with the Artist systems at the MCR and TOC, where the signals to the secondary right holders such as ARD/ZDF and other national television channels are distributed.

“The HDTV-4 is one of the largest HDTV OB vans build by Broadcast Solutions GmbH. Thanks to the close cooperation of all parties an innovative and flexible concept could be realized for KBS. We look forward to get more positive reports from Daegu,” said Stefan Breder, CEO of Broadcast Solutions GmbH

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