Last month, BigVoice Media Group was contracted by Swimming Australia as the host production for the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships & 2021 Australian Age Swimming Championships streamed live to Amazon Prime Video. Held at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, in Queensland, Australia, the entire event was held outside – forcing BigVoice Media Group to confront challenging weather conditions throughout.
“Swimming is one of those interesting sports where rain doesn’t come into it – the athletes are going to get wet regardless,” says BigVoice Media Group co-founder Kristian Shepherd. “So as a production we needed to have cameras that could work no matter the conditions – rain or no rain.”
The event ran for 13 days – both day and night sessions – and there was constant rain day and night across the opening three days of the Australian Age event. The event would only be suspended if there was severe lighting or dangerous weather in the vicinity of the pool. With that in mind, Shepherd and company enlisted BirdDog A200 weatherproof PTZ and P200 PTZ cameras, which allowed the production to go on without any stoppages.
“With the Image quality plus the rain wiper, anti-fog, and water resistance, the A200’s ticked all the boxes we were looking for when approaching this type of outdoor production,” says Shepherd.See Sports Video Group