Toronto, Canada, August 13, 2008 – 3G Wireless, utilizing Nucomm equipment, recently served as the national broadcast feed provider covering all of the action taking place on and off the field for the 2008 Pepsi Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game, involving the MLS All Stars and the West Ham United of the English Premier League. To capture all of the game highlights for the ESPNHD channel in live HD, 3G Wireless employed two of Nucomm’s CamPac 2 transmitters and two of its Newscaster DR diversity receivers with great results.
One CamPac 2 was used on a steady camera rig that covered the pre and post game studio show, as well as followed the action up and down the side lines. A second system was used on the back of a handheld camera that covered the crowd and the field, as well as, the live reports done by on-air talent.
According to Adam Nepp, 3G Wireless Marketing Director, the Nucomm gear was the ideal choice for broadcasting this type of an event because Nucomm delivers a far superior product than anyone else in the market. “One of the strongest points of the Nucomm system is its ability to filter out and/or work in conjunction with other signals that are going on at the same time. In using Nucomm’s Newscaster DR, our picture remained stable and flawless throughout the event without any interference from other digital signals, regardless of how close others were working in adjacent channels. By using the CamPac 2, we were able to remain frequency adjile, which is a strong point with the spectrum becoming more crowded.
Nepp explains that there was an added bonus to using Nucomm’s CamPac 2. “Because of the ultra low delay of the CamPac 2 system, we were able to use hard wired mics with the wireless transmitter and not have any lip sync issue.”
From a production perspective, the CamPac 2 gave camera operators plenty of options in regards to what they we able to achieve for the broadcast. Nepp says, “Having the ability to take really neat shots is what the viewer enjoys, and having two separate camera rigs running freely around the stadium, viewers gain better coverage because they get perspective from different angles, whether it be behind the goal post, on top of the stadium, or from the players’ view while on the field.”
While more than five hours of live feed was broadcast in HD for ESPNHD, 3G Wireless provided HD coverage to the ESPN and Telefutura networks. It also delivered broadcast for Canada’s CBC Television.
3G Wireless is a premier provider of wireless video and audio coverage for all areas of television and film. Its inventory of systems is a combination of top-of-the-line commercial equipment and 3G custom-built devices, which incorporate innovative approaches, state-of-the-art technology and attention to detail to provide production flexibility, functional reliability, and program quality.
Nucomm, Inc. is a worldwide provider of premier digital and analog video microwave systems (including COFDM and VSB) for the broadcasting industry’s portable and fixed link applications. Offering video microwave transmission equipment for the military, law enforcement, telecom and cable television circuits, Nucomm’s products have helped revolutionize live broadcast coverage of major outdoor events including sports, auto racing, marathons and parades. Nucomm, along with RF Central and Microwave Service Company, forms The Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
About The Vitec Group plc
The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Group’s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (£274m) and over 2200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.