Live from the open championship 198 cameras keep ctv ob on the move; rf support gets a lift

For example, Ian Smith, head of sound, CTV OB, says that, with four microphone receive sites and the duplex talk-back systems transmitting from two locations on this course, the power can be turned down. That helps improve the harmonics and makes it easier to work with. And, with the 72 base stations split over six systems that have 12 base stations each, the rightsholders could be set up as they rolled in rather than having to all be set up at once.

The camera complement includes an iMovix X10; three Inertia Unlimited X-Mos; and 73 Sony HDC-1500 cameras, 43 HDC-2500 cameras, 21 HDC-4300 cameras (three in high speed, the other 18 dedicated to operating in UHD HDR mode), 16 P1 cameras, one F5, and four PTZ cameras. ACS is providing nine bunker cams, a wire cam, a rail cam with a Sony P43, and the jib cameras.


Twenty-three Sony Z450 cameras are for ENG use and are part of the 25 cameras relying on RF transmission. All the other cameras are hard-wired.

At the core of the production facilities is a broadcast center that is home to both the world feed and NBC’s production. The world feed is produced out of a main production gallery, a main submix area, and a super-iso/replay room. The NBC Sports area is home to a main production gallery, iso/replay gallery, main-show audio-mix area, and a gallery housing the TGC remote-production facility.

Housing six two-person teams ,the super-iso room is one of the most important areas in the compound, ensuring that the main production gallery doesn’t miss a shot on any of the 18 greens. The super-iso team also keeps an eye on the majority of the players on the course so that the main production gallery can zero in on those at the top of the leaderboard.

Telegenic’s T23 unit is racking 24 cameras, and the EVS area is used by ACS for robotic cameras and rail cams. The production area of that truck handles augmented-reality elements like Virtual Eye and ChyronHego for world feeds. The audio area is home to the communications hub, because it was able to be set up onsite the Saturday prior to the tournament. BBC highlights are housed in OB14 and MVT3 and the production area of TSV6. TV Asahi, meanwhile, calls a unit from TVM home.

Several broadcasters have studios onsite. NBC and Golf Channel each have one along the 18th fairway (Golf Channel downstairs, NBC upstairs). There are also a third NBC set for host Mike Tirico, a Sky UK studio along the 17th fairway (offering a view of the famous Barry Burn in the background), a second Sky UK stage for The Open Zone (at the practice range), a BBC set near the putting green and mix zone, and a number of other commentary positions.

“Significantly, the logistics have improved,” notes Francis. “You cannot underestimate what it takes to get all this kit, people, and facilities down a single-track road. We rearranged the way trucks are parked for loading and unloading and involved the operations team more. By taking things off the truck in an order, we aren’t moving flight cases around unnecessarily.”

“We are always looking to reduce the amount of cable in the compound,” he explains. “One way is to also aggregate the data between the trucks. We now have managed switches to fan out data to the outer-lying trucks, and we manage what is going on rather than dealing with hundreds of Cat 5 cables running to other locations. We have also increased the amount of 10-Gbps connectivity to more places around the compound so that others are benefiting from the high-speed connectivity as much as possible.”