NEP Visions supplies host OB facilities for live 3D Wimbledon broadcast

NEP Visions has won the contract to supply host OB technical facilities for the first ever live 3D broadcast of the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Visions, working alongside the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Sony and CAN Communicate, will deliver coverage of both the men’s and women’s final matches. The project was Visions’ first live 3D broadcast, making use of its state-of-the-art 3Gb/s Gemini OB units.

Six Element Technica 3D camera rig systems are installed around Centre Court, utilising Sony P1 cameras, HDFA200S and MPE-200 control systems.

Visions also used the newest trucks in its fleet, Gemini I/II, to provide the 3D feeds for broadcasters including the BBC, while also broadcasting worldwide to cinemas. The facilities in Gemini comprise two three-tier production spaces and two Calrec Apollo sound desks for television and cinema mixes.

Through Sony’s latest 3D image processing technology, via the MPE-200, the highest quality output is set to be achieved. A great deal of consideration was also
given to the workflow, regarding the EVS systems and on-site editing /graphics in 3D, with the convergence operators situated adjacent to the EVS operators to aid the production process.

Commercial director of NEP Visions Brian Clark, said, “We are honoured to have been appointed to provide technical host coverage for this unique broadcast of Wimbledon for AELTC, Sony and CAN Communicate. Successful tests on Centre Court have already taken place, and we are very much looking forward to this exciting 3D broadcast.”

Visions will also provide HD trucks and flypacks to NBC and ESPN for their coverage of the Wimbledon championships in the US.