Client: SKY Sport F1 HD
After competing in a fully competitive tendering process, Gearhouse Broadcast’s Projects Solutions division was awarded the contract to build a series of interconnecting Flyaway pods for broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting for their coverage of Formula 1 motor racing. Since the award of the contract in late Oct 2011 the design, build and integration of the pods has taken four months to complete. Sky Sports full onsite broadcast specification will be a mixture of porta cabins linked into Flyaway pods that will contain servers, audio facilities and all the technical equipment needed to support the production. The portable facilities will house the main production gallery, on air EVS, editing, logging and the production office. The bespoke Flyaway built and integrated by Gearhouse Broadcast, will comprise of four interconnecting airline pods that are standard Q6 construction with aviation bases.
They are made up of an MCR Pod housing all the distribution, routing and camera control, Server Pod housing all the EVS, Avid and SAN storage, Audio Pod which will be the 5.1 audio control room for the production and a Stowage pod which will be used as the store for all loose equipment. When the F1 races are in Europe the Pods will travel on flatbed trucks and when the races are taking place outside of Europe they will fly as cargo on 747’s. An overview of the equipment chosen for the project is EVS XT3 Servers, Harris glue, Pro-Bel routers, Karrera HD Vision Mixer, a mixture of Panasonic 3100 and Sony HDC-1500’s, Lawo audio console, Riedel communications system and Fujinon lenses.
Darren Long, Sky Director of Operations said “We chose Gearhouse Broadcast because we needed a very specialist facility company that had the experience to understand the complexity of how to build and then deploy one of the most complex broadcast systems to 20 racetracks around the world”.