Bexel’s BBSOne Produces Canada’s First 3D Hockey Game for CBC

CBC utilized Bexel’s BBSOne mobile production unit to produce Canada’s first-ever live 3D hockey telecast. BBSOne was modified especially for the Hockey Night in Canada 3D telecast, which featured the Montreal Canadians and Toronto Maple Leafs. The game was made available in the United States via the NHL Network.

“This was our first venture into 3D production and Bexel’s crew did a great job with organizing us,” says Sherali Najak, senior producer of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. “Onsite they were professional and their expertise truly surpassed all of our expectations.”

The production deployed primarily Panasonic equipment, including 3D HD cameras and 3D production monitors, as well as four custom-integrated 3ality rigs (two TS-2’s and two TS-4’s). Also set-up were four EVS XT[2] 6 channel HD servers, one EVS Spot Box, one EVS XFile, two Sony SRW-5800 recorders/players, a Chyron HyperX³ On-Air Graphics System and two Panasonic 3DA1 3D handheld cameras connected via a custom fiber system back to BBSOne. The 3DA1s had a number of fiber drops set-up in team tunnels, the broadcasting booth and hallways. A 3D monitor was set-up for on-air talent to use during the broadcast and a number of discrete transmission paths were configured to accommodate all broadcast outlets, such as Comcast and Rogers.

“We chose Bexel for this project because of the level of commitment it gives to its customers,” says CBC’s director of mobile production, Dale Smith. “The engineers on-site were dedicated to helping us and to working to find the perfect 3D integration for our system and our fans.”

Bexel’s BBSOne truck has been redesigned as a fully configurable production environment and can be set-up for mid-level 2D or 3D productions.

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