Universiade to Be Broadcast in HD Format
Several dozen state-of-the-art Panorama vehicles have arrived in Kazan and dispersed among the Universiade’s twelve sporting facilities. The fleet includes three 24-camera OB vans, four 16-C, and five 10-C vans, seven DSNG units, thirteen mobile power units, two mobile depots for special vehicles, a mobile central switch room, etc.
A Media Office system will enable recording and processing of up to 64 broadcast signals from a multitude of sources, and provide rapid selection capabilities to sort out the 900-plus hours of footage produced by Panorama.
The Panorama production team will employ a total of over 290 cameras, including slo-mo and super slo-mo cameras, a Robycam spider camera, cable-suspended cameras, mini- and micro cameras to be placed in spots that are inaccessible for camera operators, etc. Cameras come complete with camera cranes, carts, and even a number of Segways. The latter will enable a cameraman to shoot while in motion at up to 30 km/h, using a special stabilization system. CG imagery and the relevant equipment will also feature in the broadcasts.
The 850-strong Panorama team had to go through a tough selection process to get to the Universiade and successfully completed a two-year course. Some 500 Panorama technicians and journalists will be coming from Sochi, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Ufa, Saint Petersburg and Kazan – cities that host Panorama branches.
A project as complex as the Universiade requires high-class organization and preparation. Fifty Panorama crew have completed a management course at Skolkovo Moscow School. The project is equipped by computers with customized software.
‘Producing an HD signal simultaneously from 12 facilities requires a lot of detailed and painstaking work,’ says Sports Broadcasting CEO Vasiliy Kiknadze. ‘Right now the crew and the equipment are fully prepared for the Universiade.’
This Universiade is going to have unprecedented coverage, with live broadcasts shown by VGTRK, Tatarstan New Age, Eurosport, ESPN and other TV channels. The full online version of the Universiade will be available at the Panorama-sponsored russiasport.ru, a website that supports up to 20 simultaneous broadcasts for 100,000 viewers.
In a way, broadcasting the Universiade is a final rehearsal before the Olympics broadcasting. Panorama has produced a TV signal of over 350 various events during the run-up to the Universiade and the Olympic Games.
ANO Sports Broadcasting was established in December 2009 for creating and operating a multi-purpose mobile broadcasting complex in order to provide TV, radio, online and photographic coverage of sports, political and cultural events in Russia and abroad.
The organization was founded by Channel One, VGTRK, NTV-PLUS and the RIA Novosti news agency.
Panorama broadcasts both in Russia and abroad. Headquartered in Moscow, Panorama also runs branches in Sochi, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Ufa and St. Petersburg.