Broadcast Sports, Inc. Captures Carnival Parade Broadcasts in Brazil

Broadcast Sports Inc. (BSI) helped TV Globo bring Carnival to the thousands of Brazilian viewers who didn’t make it into the grandstands this year. BSI supplied three HD RF camera systems and an eight-way diversity fiber receive infrastructure to assist in the broadcast of the event.

BSIThe three camera systems included two Sony PDW700 cameras on Steadicam rigs and a motorized, gyro-stabilized camera mounted on a track along the parade route. BSI’s camera control technology enabled full remote operation of paint functions on the two Sony cameras from the TV compound.

BSI’s team of four technicians provided live event coverage over four nights with seven parades happening each night down the Rio Sambadromo. With the diversity fibre receive infrastructure in place, the cameras could move freely among the parade participants and spectators. Despite live transmissions lasting over six hours long, BSI was able to deliver consistently high quality video throughout the broadcast.

“It was a thrill to be a part of such an important event in Brazil,” explained BSI’s Technical Director, Tony Valentino. “We worked very hard to ensure that our part of the broadcast was flawless and in the end we had 100% coverage the entire time. Everything was perfect.”

BSI has been working through its local vendor, Video View, to expand its involvement in Brazil. The company already provides RF technology and services for the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix and the Streets of Sao Paulo INDYCAR race and is actively seeking other opportunities in the region.