Olympic Coverage: Free Space Radical

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Canon is supplying HDTV lenses and remote-control robotic HD cameras for NBC’s coverage at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Canon’s BU-45H robotic HD camera is housed in a robotic housing made by Telemetrics.

It features a Canon HD camera equipped with three 1/3in CCD sensors, a 20x zoom, HD-SDI output with embedded audio as the primary video and an SD composite NTSC feed for monitoring.

Canon’s Canobeam DT-150 Free Space Optics provides bidirectional, uncompressed 1.5Gb/s transmission of HD video, audio and camera-control signals on a single HD-SDI stream with no delay.

The HD Canobeam runs about $40,000 per pair, but can relay embedded HD-SDI video from multiple cameras or other HD/SD video sources, along with embedded return video and audio to the camera operator and robotic camera-control data. It features Canon’s auto-tracking feature to maintain beam alignment despite vibration and has a range of up to a half mile (1km).

Dozens of mobile production trucks from around the world are bringing the Olympics home. NBC will present more than 835 hours of coverage (nearly 50 hours per day) over the span of 17 days. Journalists and editors from NBCU’s Washington DC news bureau will use several Grass Valley EDIUS software on laptops to produce content in Vancouver and send it back to Washington, D.C., for play-to-air.

Goodyear is providing TV viewers with aerial coverage … but not with blimps due to the mountainous terrain in British Columbia at the winter Olympics. Goodyear is providing airplane and helicopter coverage, instead.

Normally Goodyear uses a small Wescam, mounted in a vibration-free gimbal mount with a Fujinon 44:1 zoom. The camera’s image is transmitted to the ground by microwave.

A so-called Heart Attack March took to the streets of Vancouver yesterday and succeeded in aggressively cutting off several vital transportation routes for the Winter Olympics. As the organizers put it, the protest’s goal was to “block the arteries of capitalism” to make the government pay for the “carbon footprint” of some of the Olympic Games.

“It’s such a farce,” said one frustrated protester. “They’re having to helicopter in snow. What do you think the carbon footprint is of a helicopter?”

Here are John Williams and the Boston Pops with their definitive Olympic Fanfare.

Related Dailywireless articles include; Social Olympics, Microsoft’s Streetside: Indoors via Stills & Video, 2010 Winter Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics: On Demand, and Super Bowl XLIV.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 11:23 am .

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