Formula 1 2012 São Paulo - Brazil Grand Prix for EBU, Special report
The Dutch satellite uplink company Multi-Link Holland is responsible for all Formula 1 EBU (European Broadcasting Union) transmissions.. This company travels the world since 2004 for the Formula 1. You can regonice them easily by their green uplink dishes. Since 2004 they produce satellite uplinks at the Formula 1 for many broadcasters, RTL Netherlands, RTL+ Germany, ORF Austria, Sky Italia, Ferrari TV, ViaSat Sweden and more. They will give us an inside look through the whole season in what they must achieve on every location they land with their equipment, starting this weekend in Melbourne Australia and ending 25 november in Brazil. At this last race in Brazil we will do a special report about this company on the Interlagos circuit
Friday is always a long day for us. It starts at 8:00 in the morning with the first transmission. We arranged satellite capacity from 7:45 so we ensure that we are present at 6:45. This means we must leave very early from our hotel to prevent we are late. At 10:00 the first free practice.
We allow you to send to the WIF (Wide international feed), NIF (Narrow international feed) and Sky UK. Everything in HD1080i50. The difference between the WIF and NIF is that the graphics in the NIF fall within a 4:3 frame so that even the edges off him in 4:3 can be broadcast. This because in some countries they still transmit in 4 by 3... and also need to see the Graphics, timing info, standings etc etc
In addition to these channels, we ensure also that 2 muxed signals go by fiber to Europe. These both are put on satellite in Germany by another uplink.
In the afternoon we transmit the second free practice. We also do the tape feeds for different broadcasters at the Play Out Desk. In this configuration we WIF a 2 channel muxed mpeg 4 so we simultaneously help more customers ate the same time. We got a lot of happy clients this way.
At 20:00 we are finished and it is than time to cool down our HPA's and search a good restaurant in which is easy in São paulo. On Saturday morning the alarm wakes us up again at 6:15.... saturday is 1 free practice and qualifying... loooong day again.
Listen Tonight Live to Grand Prix radio stream by Olav Mol with a Brazil Special at 19:00 Brazil time.