NEP UK deployed 15 Calrec consoles along with Calrec networking and routing technology and I/O boxes as part of its Wimbledon 2019 coverage.
An additional three Calrec consoles were used in NEP OB trucks that covered Centre Court, Court One and Court Two.
Jimmy Parkin, sound engineer, NEP Broadcast Services, commented: “Calrec’s networking flexibility and easy scalability of their technology were central to the success of this Wimbledon 2019 project. We needed audio operators to be able to easily access any source from any court without having to move anything or plug anything in; any console can ‘talk’ with any other console on the network. We also needed to integrate IP networks with Calrec’s Hydra 2 networking technology and using their interfaces made this very easy. Pre-event offsite planning, using Calrec’s H2O GUI for the Hydra 2 network, meant that we could accurately name and label ports before any hardware was connected.”
Host broadcaster Wimbledon Broadcast Services (WBS) again employed an all-IP (SMPTE ST2110) video network with 11 Calrec consoles deployed – 10 Summa and one Brio, including consoles for the Wimbledon Channel and the media centre.
Furthermore, NEP worked with a major US broadcaster for their coverage, including streaming, using an additional three Calrec consoles – two Artemis and one Brio – in their three control rooms.