Live broadcast specialist BSI has completed a series of live tests with the 4K version of its wireless camera system.

The company says it aims to be the first to use a low delay 4K wireless camera system live on air at a broadcast event.

Most prime time sports events in the UK are already aired in 4K, however where the broadcasters are using specialist mobile wireless cameras, the shots are always captured at the 1080p/50/3G standard, and up scaled to 4K. So far, nobody has used images from a 4K camera with a low delay 4k wireless link in a production.

BSI’s R&D teams in Watford and Baltimore have been working on a 4K version of its wireless camera back system, ‘Real Freedom’, and the first live test took place in September at the Aviva Rugby Premiership in Northampton.

BSI’s UK Managing Director, Tony Valentino, says, “This was the industry’s first test of a 4K low delay wireless camera system and there is no doubt that it demonstrated exceptional picture quality. Everyone who saw the images from the camera was blown away by the video, and it was difficult to believe it was not from a cabled camera.”

A second test took place at the Rugby Premiership in October, where BSI added Ethernet camera control and 4 x 3G signal distribution. BSI will be demonstrating the latest version of the 4K wireless system to a London audience at the SVG’s Future Sports event at the Kia Oval on 29th November.

Jon Creamer

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