The Bob Run World Cup 2018/19, the thirty-fifth edition of the event organized by the International Bob and Skeleton Federation, began on 7th December 2018 in Sigulda, Latvia.
The last round that closes the championship is February 24th 2019 in Calgary, Canada.
The official program is following twenty-four races: sixteen for men and eight for women.
Fabio Bertini Managing Director of NEP Italia explains: "We have already followed six events and it is the fifth year in a row that we have been in charge for the television production of this competition. In the previous 4 years we were engaged as Telerecord and now our commitment is even greater as Nep Italy."
"In fact, the acquisition by NEP of Telerecord allowed us to extend our efforts also following the competitions that take place in the United States and Canada."
"A recent competition took place in St. Moritz where Nep Italy deployed 33 cameras served by the 45v ton Mobile Unit 26."
"It is one of our flagship vehicles, 16.50 m. long. 5.35 wide and on this occasion managed 33 cameras, mostly Sony High Definition HDC1500 / HDC2500 / HDC."
"Unit 26 has a very technological heart, which includes a Vision-Slomo section, a large matrix of Imagine Communication IP 3 3G / HD / SD Multiformat 354 × 560 with Argosy Patch 896 Patch Points, and Video-Testing equipment Leitch VTM 450 HD waveform-vector."
"Monitorwall Visio are 7 Ikegami 17 ", 7 Vutrix from 19 Quad Split", and 7 x Vutrix dual 9 ". For the Slowmotion 12 x Vutrix 24 "Quad Split are used.
For the Rec / Play recording section there are 8x XDCam 1500, 8xEVS XT3 HD, 5xDVD recorder on board.
Framestore are 16x of Imagine Comm, and 6x For-A 9500.
For the Distribution / Up-Down Conversion we count on 10 Imagine Communication selenium xConv, 10 Aja Downconversion."
"The production area, Production Area 1, is based on a Sony MVS 8000X Multiformat HD / 3G / 4K Switcher, 8 ME (1080i), 4 DME, 84 inputs, 24 outputs, 8 format converters, color correction, and clip recorder.
Then the Monitorwall with 21 Vutrix 24" Quad split, 3 Vutrix 17" Quad Split and Undermonitor TSL Tallyman TM2 plus."
"The second production area, Production Area 2, includes 10 Vutrix 24" Quad split, MVS 8000X satellite ME.
The graphic area sees 8 Vutrix 19" Quad split.
For the Audio gallery we have adopted an Artemis Beam Calrec Mixer, 340 channels, 64 tracks, 32 Aux, 48 Groups 16 Mains, and special outdoor stage boxing in fiber."
"The audio matrix and the Madi IP3 192 × 192, 120 × 120 Aes connectivity are completed.
For Audio Backup the Mixer is Yamaha 01v96, then on board, among others, there are Dolby 2x DP571, 2xDP572, 1xDP570, Monitoring of Videotek ASM100, Dolby LM 100, 6x monitoring speaker, recording and Play on CD, Compact Flash, Hard Disk, in addition to Monitorwall 4 x Vutrix 17" Quad split, Intercom series Clear-com / Eclipse 112 ch, ISDN / PSTN 2x Glensound GS1U050, two commentators box Glensound GDC-6432, two wireless systems Motorola GM360, 10x GP340.
This large truck followed all the slopes apart from Sigulda where Unit 24 was engaged."
"Bradley is the brand we have chosen for the 16 "small" HD POV (point of view) cameras, which are managed remotely in the sole zoom and focus functions. They are literally disseminated in the strategic points of the track."
A person in the gallery is dedicated to control these cameras that are headed by a special control panel."
"Two other Sony P1 cameras are positioned along the way and applied to Scorpio's remote heads of the Spanish Service Vision."
"We can remotely control Micro Scorpio heads up to 500 meters via RS485 cables or even in 2.4Hz half-duplex wireless microwaves."
"In the filming of bobsled races we always bring a minimum of 30 cameras or more to follow the track which is usually about a thousand, one thousand and three hundred meters long (1722 in St.Moritz).
In the camera setup there is also an Imovix X10 UHD system that we consider a reference for filming in Super Slow Motion (SSM) and Ultra Slow Motion (USM) that we can shoot in HD or in 4K."
"For high-speed shooting we also use a Sony 4300 that makes shots in 6 / 8x.
There are 14 cameramen scattered on the track and many of these cameras are on shoulder operated, two are placed at the start, two are at the arrival, and others on some "important" points of the race.
The passing of the bobs is very fast and therefore requires the presence of an operator who follows the movement. The optics used are generally quite standard, apart from two which are long lenses by Fujinon and Canon mounted on Vinten and Cantoni tripods."
"Small cameras are installed on the bobs, but they are only used to make small cuts and, station breaks, trailers, signature tunes, but they do not affect the live transmission of the race."
"The client is Infront and Nep Italia creates the feed as host broadcaster.
Even the audio is important and indeed along the track there are even about forty microphones in cardioid configuration, shotguns, to follow the movement of the bobs and the final airing is in stereo."
"Fiber-optic cables are used to transfer audio and video signals, and the power supply to cameras is a problem that should not be underestimated.
Two technicians are engaged with the three EVS on board (6x, 8x, 12X) and slow-motion shooting, while the I-Movix system is placed at the beginning of the race, either before or just after the start line.
The Sony 4300 camera that makes slow 8X shots is positioned on the most important, strategic curve, which is usually halfway as in St. Moritz."
"On some other tracks, this dangerous curve is followed by two cameras, one that records the entry athletes and one that describes them at the exit.
The graphics are produced by the Dutch company Swiss Timing, while Creativ Animals makes the necessary editing and realizes the highlights, deriving the images from the EVS for a delivery on the transmission and to the Federation."
"The total number of people involved is about thirty and everyone needs to have an in deep knowledge because, obviously, the environment is hostile, with ice, snow and very low temperatures.
The images feeds created are three, for transmission, one is the clean feed without graphics."
"According to the NEP Mondo operating strategy, the technical structures are those residing in the nation where the event takes place, but the technical and creative staff come from the nation that took the job, in this case Italy."
"So at St.Moritz the whole team and the vehicles were Italian. In the editions of Lake Placid and Calgary in Canada, Nep Italy provides the technical and creative staff, while the technical structures are indigenous (apart from two cameras and two remote heads Micro Scorpio)."