BSI Races to be First with UHD Wireless Camera Link

Live broadcast specialist BSI has completed a series of live tests with the 4K version of their wireless camera system. The company aims to be the first to use a low delay UHD wireless camera system live on air at a broadcast event.

In the UK most prime-time sports events in the UK are already aired at UHD resolution, however where the broadcasters are using specialist mobile wireless cameras, the shots are always captured at the 1080p/50/3G standard, and up scaled to UHD. So far, nobody has used images from a UHD camera with a low delay UHD wireless link in a production.

BSI aims to be the first broadcast company to achieve this. The company’s HD wireless camera back system, Real Freedom is already well established, and is a complete working solution for live productions. It features integrated Ethernet camera control including control of audio and other key parameters. The company’s R&D teams in Watford and Baltimore have been working on the UHD version of this for some time, and the first live test took place in September at the Aviva Rugby Premiership in Northampton, UK.

BSI’s UK Managing Director, Tony Valentino, says, “This was the industry’s first test of a UHD low delay wireless camera system and there is no doubt that it demonstrated exceptional picture quality. Everyone who saw the images from the camera was blown away by the video, and it was difficult to believe it was not from a cabled camera.”

A second test took place at the Rugby Premiership in October, where BSI added Ethernet camera control and 4 x 3G signal distribution.

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