BSkyB has commissioned ONSIGHT to manage and build its first Stereoscopic 3D Flypack System

27th January, 2012

ONSIGHT has been awarded a contract for operating the Flypack that will make use of three dedicated 3D camera rigs from 3ality Technica. The equipment will be used to produce live and recorded coverage of entertainment and sport events for Sky’s 3D channel.

ONSIGHT’s CTO Richard Mills designed the System in conjunction with Chris Johns, BSkyB Chief Engineer, supported by Sony’s Professional Services division. This is the first commissioned 3D Flyaway constructed by Sony.

Richard Mills explains: “Sony P1 cameras, mounted on 3ality Technica Pulsar 3D rigs, will provide a flexible solution for both standalone documentary and multi-camera live event coverage. Up to 4 rigs can be fed back via a fibre-optic cable to a Broadcast Production Gallery with full 3D vision mixing, monitoring and communications.”

Ahmed Ghori, Sony Senior Account Manager, adds: "We were very pleased to be selected to collaborate in the design, supply and build of this modular 3D Flypack system, which is a result of the on going technical, operational collaboration and 3D expertise between ONSIGHT, BSkyB and Sony".

The system is now complete and will be available to be used on a number of forthcoming Sky 3D projects.

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer, BSkyB, comments: “We’re deeply committed to leading the way in the production of original 3D content so we can provide our customers with the best and most diverse range of 3D programming around. The modular nature of the 3D Flypack system allows for a simpler and more coherent use of what is sometimes seen as a complex acquisition toolset. Thanks to this new partnership we’re able to be even more ambitious, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact it will have onscreen.”

Simon Craddock, ONSIGHT’s CEO adds: “ONSIGHT is proud to be chosen to support Sky in this new technology partnership. We have built a great team that can guide production from 3D acquisition to post and are looking forward to working with Sky to facilitate the making of more quality 3D productions.”

Sky 3D and ONSIGHT are both part of the team that shared the IBC2011 Special Award with Atlantic Productions for its innovative use of 3D in the making of the BAFTA Award-winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough.