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GRAVITY MEDIA CAPTURES CRANKWORX CAIRNS From 22 to 26 May, Gravity Media Australia provided global coverage of Crankworx Cairns, the world’s largest mountain bike festival, via Red Bull TV. A multi-day festival and competition, Cairns is one of four stops on the Crankworx World Tour. Gravity Media deployed 23 cameras – including specialist cameras and drones – to capture the Cairns-based spectacle across five unique courses and four days. Having broadcast the festival for the past three years, Gravity Media continues to expand its coverage of Australia’s major cycling events, including the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, UCI MTB World Championships and UCI BMX Racing World Cup.

Videosys Broadcast deployed a pan-and- tilt camera system at this year’s Boat Race, an annual competition between Cambridge and Oxford Universities held on the River Thames. Designed by Videosys’ custom engineering division Presteigne Broadcast, the camera system – a compact, secure set-up for stability during the race – offered full pan-and-tilt control over IP. With over 250,000 in-person spectators and millions of at-home viewers, the Boat Race is a regular fixture in the spring sport calendar. This year’s competition saw Cambridge triumph twice over Oxford. VIDEOSYS HITS THE WATER

Videosys installed four pan-and-tilt systems – one in each boat – to capture the action, which included two mini cameras mounted behind the coxswain and at the rowers’ feet. The feeds were sent to a Videosys Broadcast STX transmitter and switcher, and again to an OB van onshore. Videosys made sure to stay out of the way when it came to the races. “Feedback from the crews was very positive,” began Ben Peach, one of the system’s engineers. “They liked the new design and how unobtrusive it was. It was literally plug and play straight out of the box.”

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