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Live Underwater Broadcasting From Epson Red Sea Team
By David Baxter, August 25, 2010 @ 12:26 PM (EST)
Source: Epson Red Sea
A new era in underwater broadcasting occurred on July 28th 2010, with a full HD live broadcast from Eilat (Israel) in the Red Sea.  The broadcast took place at 66 ft (20 mts), at night, on a wreck (Satil). It took 25 divers and techs, a full week of work to set up the 300 meters of HC cables so that the broadcast could become a success.

A week before the event, the production team arrived in Eilat to set up the scene for the Epson Red Sea underwater competition. There were a few hiccups along the way, however eventually the divers, photographers, tech assistants and satellite experts solved the problems and the first broadcasting test was aired. 

The underwater broadcast was beamed to the Tel-Aviv cinematheque and the Israeli Television for the official opening of the Red Sea Images exhibition. This first underwater live broadcast testing at Eilat was in preparation for the upcoming live broadcasts planned at the Photokina 2010 Fair in Cologne, Germany this September.

The underwater equipment used  were two videographers  with  full HD Canon 5D Mark II camera with Hogyfot Housings as well as  2 Panasonic AG-HPX174 video cameras, accommodated inside specially tailored BS Kinetics housings and connected with HD video cables to a boat that was positioned 20 meters above them.

The live broadcaster was wearing a full-face mask connected with audio cables. Numerous divers surrounded the scene and assisted with lighting using  Light & Motion LED Lights. On the boat, an amplifier received the signal from both video and audio cables, increased it and then transmitted it through an additional 180-meters cable stretched to the shore. There a satellite van collected the signal from the cables and transmitted it through a satellite channel.

David Pilosof, producer of the Epson Red Sea Event states “When the Epson Red Sea production was invited a few months ago to exhibit at the Photokina 2010 Fair, I immediately knew we should be producing something different and unseen, a show that one cannot forget.  The first few people I shared this idea with were convinced that I’m kidding. I can't blame them, but now that the first live underwater broadcast has been successfully carried out, I can finally confide that I was serious all along the way…” 

In November this year the Epson Red Sea competition will take place in Eilat, Israel. Integrating elements from the photography, high-tech, touristic and diving industries, the Epson Red Sea is known worldwide as the “International Underwater Olympics.” Underwater photographers from all over the world attend this competition year after year. The first broadcast is embedded below.



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