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XL Video Supply Launch of P&O Cruises’ Newest Cruise Ship, Britannia
UK - Working with their client Under The Radar, XL Video supplied outdoor LED screens and a multi-channel camera system for the naming of P&O Cruises’ newest luxury ship, Britannia.
The ship, which is over 300 metres long, was officially named at a traditional ceremony in Southampton. In order to ensure the visiting dignitaries had an excellent view of proceedings, XL Video supplied a 7m x 4m Lighthouse R7 outdoor LED screen.
XL Video also supplied five Sony HXC-100 HD cameras and 2 Bradley CamBall 2 robocams situated around the port location. The cameras covered all angles of the luxury ship, which bears a stylised Union Flag on its bow, as well as close-ups of the podium from which the traditional bottle of Wiston Estate British sparkling wine was launched to name the ship.
One of XL Video’s large Grass Valley Kayak PPUs, engineered by XL’s broadcast director, Malcolm Whittall, was used to process all the camera footage, which was directed by Jerry Rosenfield.
Live feeds from the PPU were fed to national and international TV broadcasters for their daily news programmes. A live satellite feed of the naming, originating from the PPU, was broadcast live on all of P&O Cruises’ ships in their fleet.
XL Video’s project manager, Steve Greetham commented: “We were very pleased to be asked to provide the video for this prestigious event, and it was a pleasure to work with Tim Hudson and his team.
“Working at an event of this nature is always high pressure, but our crew worked diligently to ensure everything went off smoothly.”
photos: Graham Carlow
12th May 2015
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