LMC Plays Major Role at "The Duel at Jinsha Lake"

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World number one Rory McIlroy took on 14-time Major championship winner Tiger Woods in the one-day Duel at Jinsha Lake in Zhengzhou, China on October 29.

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The world´s two most famous golfers were the only two competitors in the 18-hole event, which was held at the prestigious Jinsha Lake Golf Club in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, China´s third most populous province.

U.COM Media was in charge of this major international “Made-for-TV” event which was broadcasted in more than 64 countries.

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Once more Felix Marggraff was responsible for the Multi Camera Concept which was not just supposed to capture “Golf” but to visualize the unique 1-on-1 format of the duel of the two best golf players in the world. “It has been a challenge to put this together specially because of the extreme short lead-time of just 4 weeks” said Marggraff just before the start of the 4-hour live world feed production last Monday. “Things work different here in China. When the generator blew yesterday and our rehearsal had to be canceled after 4 holes I knew it was gonna be difficult.” He directed the World Feed with a total of 23 cameras of which 3 were RF cameras, one JIMMY JIB, one AntelopeAIR and a Polecam PICO.

Camera Positions for the Duel at Jinsha Lake

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A camera rotation from front to back nine with just one move guaranteed a smooth logistical operation with unique camera angles which transported the special atmosphere created by more than 3000 spectators following the No.1 & 2 in golf.Major broadcasters as the Golf Channel in the US, JGolf, Korea or Ten Sports, India took the live feed to show the event LIVE, tape-delayed or for different highlight programs.

LMC supplied various  camera technologies to capture those special moments. One key-element of the show was the Antelope AIR, LMC´s wireless UltraSlowMotion System. As usual this camera was transmitting both telemetry and HD-SDI Video with up to 2580 fps using Riedel´s conductor and the LINK 1500 transmission system.

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A world´s premiere on Golf has been the Antelope PICO - LMC´s new POV style Ultra Motion System - mounted to a POLECAM. “The Polecam PICO gives us the possibility to ”fly” into totally new camera angles where no other camera has  gone    before.“   said Marggraff who is a Handicap 4 golfer himself. “It´s crazy  to see Rory´s swing in 500fps from a vantage point in extension of his spine-angle.”

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods covered with Polecam

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The Polecam PICO was operated by Steffan Hewitt who is the inventor and owner of Polecam. ”It´s great to work with companies like LMC and    directors   like Felix because  there  is so much more to show when merging the two technologies.” said Hewitt after a busy day.

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