Gearhouse Broadcast is supplying the technical infrastructure for the latest series of I’m a Celebrity, including HD flyaway facilities, a production gallery, MCR and an EVS room.
The 21-day, all-HD production will use 30 Sony HDC1500 cameras along with 90 remote controlled cameras including, 26 Hitachi DK-H32s, 16 Q-Ball robotic pan/tilt/zoom heads, 20 HD MiniZooms with infra-red night illumination, 30 MiniShots and three Toshiba IKH-R1’s.
The remote controlled pan/tilt/zoom equipment has been supplied by Camera Corps.
“This is one of the largest shows in the world, with more than 600 staff working in shifts around the clock for three weeks,” said Gearhouse Broadcast chief operating officer Kevin Moorhouse.
“It is transmitted from one of the hottest and wettest locations on the planet, in the tropical rainforest of New South Wales.
“Camera Corps has worked with us very efficiently and effectively over many years to ensure that we capture consistently high-quality video, indoors or out, with full protection against rain, high humidity, high ambient temperature or low light,” added Moorhouse.
Two Sony MVS 8000 vision mixers will cut the cameras, with one creating eight video streams recorded on two EVS XT3 machines and eight Sony XDCam recorders, and the other used for the live UK transmission.
The production will again use a Pro-Bel Cygnus 288 x 288 HD/SDI video router.
Camera Corps technician David Sisson said: “The cameras will be operated from remote pan/tilt/zoom joystick panels located in the control room.
“We will also be installing Camera Corps ‘Simply SMPTE’ electro-optical and single-mode fibre links which allow HD-SDI from the camera heads to be carried much greater distances than can be achieved over standard copper cable.
Two Yamaha audio desks are being used for mixing, while the live shows for ITV1 and ITV2 use a Calrec Omega audio desk.