CTV WIRELESS CAMERAS AT RYDER CUP
CTV is to introduce nine LinkHD wireless
camera systems for its live coverage of the Ryder Cup in what will be
the largest and most challenging deployment so far of High Definition
cameras using wireless links.
The 2006 Ryder Cup is to be shot fully in HD with 52 Sony HDC cameras.
Nine of these will be wireless and will follow the main players around
the course as the four teams play on the first four days of the
CTV is the largest OB company in the UK and has been the major facilities provider for golf tournaments since 1991.
CTV is very experienced with wireless cameras for golf tournaments,
having covered the PGA European Tour competitions with Link equipment,
using multiple receive sites to get coverage of the entire course.
The course at the K Club in Straffan (Eire), is a challenging
environment for RF. It has a unique “personality” with treelines and
foliage and water obstacles.
“We have been testing the HD RF systems thoroughly in Ireland prior to
this competition and we are very happy with the way the LinkHD systems
are performing and the support provided by Link,” says Hamish Greig,
Technical Director of CTV.
“This is a major event for our high definition wireless camera
systems,” says John Mulcahy, General Manager of Link Research, “It is
the biggest in terms of numbers of systems and the LinkHDs will be
playing a key role in covering the competition. It is technically
challenging but we have been working with CTV for several months during
this years European Tour and we know that they have an outstanding
technical team and they are very well prepared.”
The LinkHD system was developed by Link Research as the first
commercial low-delay wireless transmitter for high definition cameras.
The low delay is critical when wireless feeds are to be used alongside
cameras on cables as it allows the programme director to cut seamlessly
from wired to wireless cameras.
The LinkHD transmitter can be attached to any high definition camera
and operates with all HD formats. It has an excellent track record,
having been used at the Torino Winter Olympics, the Superbowl XL, the
Wimbledon tennis tournament and the 2006 World Cup.