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WDRB-TV FOX 41's all-HD live coverage of the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville event in Louisville was supported by Utah Scientific.

thunder over louisvilleOver a single bidirectional fibre, the UTAH-100/XFD supplied key content elements and the main program feed for WDRB's sprawling 22-camera coverage of Thunder Over Louisville, an air show and fireworks extravaganza that marked the official opening of the Kentucky Derby season on 22 April.

“For 28 years, Thunder Over Louisville has been delighting our citizens with an explosive kickoff for the biggest annual celebration in our region," said Gary Schroder, chief engineer, WDRB-TV. “WDRB's coverage of the 2007 show marked the event's first-ever all-HD broadcast. When we were chosen for the broadcast again this year, we decided to up the ante on our coverage - going from 12 strategic camera locations to a record-breaking 22.”

He added: “Without the UTAH-100/XFD, together with the other Utah Scientific routing and master control gear in our operation, we could not have produced a show of this magnitude. When push comes to shove, we know we can count on Utah Scientific to provide equipment with bulletproof reliability for even the most complex productions and fantastic customer service in the rare event that problems do arise.”

Working with F&F Productions, WDRB-TV established fixed shooting locations on both sides of the Ohio River. In addition, the production included a drone-mounted camera for bird's-eye-view live footage (marking the first time the FAA approved flying a drone during an air show), a roving HD camera among the spectators, and a camera mounted atop the 300-foot tall Humana Corporation skyscraper for footage of the F16 fighters in the air show. In another first for the event, WDRB-TV also deployed Live-U cellular bonding transmitters at two local airports, enabling producers to cut in exciting live footage from GoPro cameras mounted in the cockpits of the aircraft participating in the air show.

The stream of the entire Thunder Over Louisville show travelled through Utah Scientific equipment.

“Thunder Over Louisville was a marvel in live TV production using fibre, with more than 15,000 feet of fibre cable supplying footage from challenging locations, such as the top of the Humana Building. We're very proud of the role Utah Scientific equipment played in this monumental broadcast,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “WDRB-TV has proven once again how flexible and powerful the UTAH-100/XFD is for digital signal distribution and conversion. For instance, the unit delivered pristine HD signal quality -- a remarkable feat considering that the main production feed had to be patched through the cable provider's central hub ten miles away.”

Utah Scientific recently joined the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an independent industry trade association with a mandate to bring IP solutions to the market that will offer complete interoperability, are based on open standards, and integrate seamlessly into media workflow environments.