Presteigne Broadcast Hire at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Presteigne Broadcast Hire at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies were two of the most watched and talked about displays on television in 2012, with a combined global audience of 18.7 million viewers. So what was in no doubt an incredibly exciting project for the Presteigne Broadcast Hire team also came with an immense amount of pressure and a number of challenges.

For the Opening Ceremony, with less than one week’s notice, the PBH team had to find a television facility of the required scale and quality which met the high expectations and demands of the production company, luckily they successfully found the exact facility needed with 3 days to be installed.

For the Closing Ceremony, none of the equipment was allowed to be set up or positioned near the field of play until 14 hours before the live transmission and so thorough, strategic planning and a highly capable team was necessary to make sure all the necessary requirements were completed in the time frame.

The size of the stadium presented issues to do with agreed cable routes and several cameras had to be cabled for well over 1000 metres. Back up plans and contingencies were created in case any technical difficulties arose and PBH conscientiously complied with all security, environmental, health and safety regulations.

As would be expected with such an event, the latest specialised techniques and technology were deployed including:

9 HD RF cameras(4 on steadi-cams)
Flown cameras
Heli-teli
Several types of camera cranes
Tracking cameras
Remote hot heads


Presteigne Charter supplied the following:

28 High definition Cameras
9 HD RF Cameras
4 Steadi-cams (all RF linked)
1 Olympian Crane
1 Wire Cam RF linked
2 Remote hot heads
2 Jib cranes
1 Super-techno crane
4 HD EVS machines
1 FCP Edit System
1 256 x 256 Evertz Matrix with all distribution and glue
2 Timecode systems one required by event control
The technical crew apart from 12 camera operators and assistants

The production gallery included:

Sony MVS 9000 vision mixer
VIZ RT Graphics system
Reidel Communications system
2 EVS operator positions
Remote camera head operators position
Autocue operators position
Technical managers operating position
Executive producers monitoring position
The main monitor stack comprised of 6 50” plasma screens fed from Evertz multi-viewers
OCP control and positions for all cameras

PBH also provided the links and facilities for external feeds for broadcasts outside the stadium and for beauty shots of scenes such as London's skyline and fireworks.

Both shows were a success and everything ran smoothly without any technical slips. The staff at Presteigne Broadcast Hire received praise for their dedication, commitment and for delivering a complex project in a tight timescale in a highly pressured environment.

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