The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), official broadcaster of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has bought 10 Slate 1000 live video production systems for use during the sports event to provide coverage for public viewing areas.
The systems are manufactured by Broadcast Pix.
Matches will be played in 10 stadiums in nine South African cities, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. While the venues vary in capacity – the smallest, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, holds more than 43 000 spectators, while the largest, Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, has more than 88 000 seats – organisers anticipate massive turnouts from passionate fans throughout the tournament. As a result, FIFA has authorised the development of fan parks, which will provide live video coverage of the action on large screens.
Johannesburg-based dealer and integrator Questek Advanced Technologies supplied the Slate 1000 systems to the SABC.
Justin Thathiah, Questek sales executive, says the SABC chose the 1 M/E Slate 1000 because of its integrated Fluen production tools, including clip and graphics stores, multi-view, and Inscriber CG. The integrated production system also provides multi-definition production, with support for 1080i, 720p, and SD sources.
According to Thathiah, the fan parks will display the broadcast feeds of the matches; each venue will have a handful of dedicated cameras which will be used to entertain the crowd outside of live match coverage times. The Slate 1000 will be used to switch the video and add clips and graphics.
Following the World Cup, Thathiah said the SABC will use the Slate systems for regional programming throughout the nine provinces in South Africa.