Fly-by-wire stadium camera operator XD Motion was recently commissioned by L’EQUIPE TV to cover the finals of the CEV EuroVolley 2019 competition at the AccorHotels arena in Paris.
The project was exceptionally difficult for the traditional XFly 3D setup from a technical perspective. The difference between the Federation’s specification of the minimum height the system could fly at was hugely affected by the fixed height of the venue’s central score board in the arena.
XD Motion’s CEO, Benoit Dentan, explained:
This challenging specification meant that we only had a 1-meter clearance for the system to work in and we only managed to achieve this job through our lengthy rigging experience and bespoke safety software.
This event was the first ever time on EuroVolley that a 3D cablecam had been used and it was fantastic that both the client and venue were very keen to feedback to XD Motion how delighted they were with the project.
From the arena setting of the EuoVolley on Sunday night the team went straight to Lille’s 50,000 seat Stade Pierre Mauroy in northern France to begin rigging the XFly 3D system for Lille against Chelsea in the Champions League on the Wednesday night.
Showing the dexterity of the system, XD Motion was able to provide the high-quality service client RMC Sport required for such a high profile, global match.
The specification for the job was to film in UHD 4K HDR and this was achieved with the brand new HDC P50 Sony 12G. Dentan added:
We were so delighted to use such high-end specifications as it clearly demonstrated the quality of the shots we could achieved using the XFly 3D and our perfect XD cam gyro-stabilised head.
Video for the Champion’s League can be seen here.