26th July – 1st August 2010 in Barcelona.
I was hired by ACS France to operate their HD Polecam rig for the Host Broadcaster (TVE Spain) on the road course for the European Athletics Championship in Barcelona.
The rig was equipped with the Toshiba HD1 supplying footage out of the CCU into a Lynx Technik AG Yellobrik HD-SDI to Fibre converter back to the OB truck. A Polecam RCP Mk3 was used to engineer the output of the camera with the data being sent up a standard XLR multicore.
The Polecam had been given a very specific shot to achieve. Providing dynamic images of the marathon runners and walkers passing through the showers set out on the course. The director wanted the camera head right in the showers themselves and so the Polecam Dive Bag was used to allow this to happen, providing a totally shower proof cover for the camera and pan and tilt head whilst still keeping virtually unrestricted movement.
Due to the fact the road races were taking place on public roads the Polecam had to be rigged and de rigged each night for security. Due to the fact the rig is so quick to breakdown and re-rig the next day we were able to store the kit in the OB compound overnight and have it set up and transmitting within 20mins of our calltime the following morning.
Producing unique pictures from the walking and marathon events meant that every lap the Polecam shot was guaranteed to be used and was seen around the world on the international feed.