Kitzbühel FIS World Cup 2017 - The Hahnenkamm Race
Last year´s production standard proved that the Antelope UltraSlowMotion cameras surely created a new look and feel of the TV production. TV Director Michael Koegler carefully selected the Antelope camera positions to get as many replays from many vantage points to show both action sequences and emotional shots from the athletes and the crowd. LMC supplied and operated one Polecam PICO with a 12mm lens at the famous “Mausefalle”, one MkIIs with a Canon 86x at the same part of the race, one MkIIs Robotic on a GF8 crane and a Canon 22x at the “Steilhang”, another Polecam PICO with a 12mm lens at the Hausbergkante, a MkIIs with a Canon 86x at the lower part of the Hausberg, a MkIIs Handheld with Canon 22x at the “Traverse” and finally another MkIIs with a Canon 86x in the finish area.
Where only a highspeed camera can show the dynamics of the hellhounds chasing down one of the fastest skiing slopes all replay operations as well as the engineering were handled by LMC staff out of two mobile production vehicles connected to the World Feed OB Truck from ORF Austrian Television. “The unique functionality of the Antelope technology made it possible to squeeze in as many replays as possible after each racer” says Dirk Wolf who was one of the replay operators on site. “During SuperG it´s pretty tough because the director wants to show the whole race from start to finish and time intervals given by FIS not always leave us a lot of room for re-plays as some of the reactions in the finish area are also really nice to have. Sometimes the ramping function helps to have a quicker in- and out-point but still being able to slow down the crucial part of the sequence to show the incredible power and strength of the athletes in extreme slow-motion“, Wolf adds chuckling and reflecting the Saturday where Downhill event took place and where life becomes even tougher because the world feed will go around the globe and reach 500 million people.
Antelope Cameras have been deployed at most of the prestigious FIS Alpine Events in the past. World Championships in Beaver Creek (USA) and Schladming (Austria) as well as major winter sporting events in Sochi (Russia), Vancouver (Canada) and summer events in Rio (Brasil), London (Great Britain) or Baku (Azerbaijan) were on Antelope´s Travel Schedule during the last couple of years. All Antelope Cameras are manufactured in Hamburg, Germany where the Headquarters of Antelope Camera Systems GmbH is located since 2015.
Newest additions to the Antelope Camera Systems family are the brand-new PICO HD60 and the 4K-version PICO 4K60. The new 4K camera provides a newly designed chip-set with standard frame rates delivered from a 2/3” 4K CMOS sensor and 2.4um pixel. Next to a dual 12G SDI output (422+RAW) the PICO 4K60 features Timecode, Genlock, motorized Iris and Focus Control as well it is fully remote-controllable via professional Broadcast Remote control panel.