We move on to looking at developments in noise cancelling technology and the role it can play in achieving clarity and comfort within headsets for intercom use.
Core to any successful television production is the effective application of clear and precise communications. Camera operators, sound assistants, playout, slow-mo operators, and floor managers all need to hear direction from the production teams. Without comms, the production would soon degenerate into a chaotic cacophony of incoherent images and sounds.
Without intercom, a live broadcast production would soon degenerate into chaos. A whole industry has been built on the protocols intercom users have adopted and everybody involved in the production must be able to hear the director’s instructions, clearly and concisely.
This is the second instalment of our extended article exploring the use of the 5GHz spectrum for Comms.
As broadcasters strive for more and more unique content, live events are growing in popularity. Consequently, productions are increasing in complexity resulting in an ever-expanding number of production staff all needing access to high quality communications. Wireless intercom systems are essential and provide the flexibility needed to host today’s highly coordinated events. But this ever-increasing demand is placing unprecedented pressure on the existing lower frequency solutions.
When CBS Sports broadcasts images of the players taking the field on February 7th for Super Bowl LV to millions of viewers around the world, it will be the culmination of the most challenging season for live football sports production in the U.S.
As live sports broadcasts resume in the U.S., the industry is grappling with how to keep its crews safe by following strict COVID-19 guidelines—established by the U.S. government and the industry itself—while maintaining the high production quality viewers expect. Safety precautions now being employed include keeping onsite crews to a minimum and sanitizing trucks before and after events.
In mid-May of this year, as countries such as Germany, England, and Spain considered easing COVID-19 restrictions to allow professional sports to resume, various professional sports leagues began discussions with broadcasters and production companies on the best way to televise games without fans in the seats. They’re called “ghost games” and finding the right recipe for presenting an engaging viewer experience was paramount.