The 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa in June and July, was a highlight of many people’s summer. Key to the success of the grand event were the AV systems and broadcast technologies that transmitted all the glory and anguish of each match to international viewers.
One of the largest sporting events in the world, the 2010 World Cup was held the first time ever on African soil. Durban’s 70,000- seat Moses Mabhida Stadium utilized Crestron commercial lighting solutions to control general and LED illumination. The LAN-based system combines a touch panel interface with Crestron control processors to enable lighting control and management of more than 2,800 loads for flood lights, bowl lights, and general area lighting in restrooms, concourse levels, VIP boxes, dressing rooms, kitchens, parking lots, and other common areas.
Meanwhile, in Gauteng, South Africa, the Mastermax Studio facilities (MMX Studios) were used for the recording of the opening ceremony music. Johan van der Colff from MMX Studios said, “Currently we have a full surround ADAM Audio setup consisting of P33a’s, A7’s and a Sub 8, and we have used it on a few of the multi platinum-selling DVDs that have been mixed here. Recently, we added the new S3X-H.”
More than 50 Lawo systems were used by numerous national broadcasters and for the production of international audio feeds. Audio feeds from all the commentators were sent digitally from the stadiums to the International Broadcast Center (IBC) via a Lawo Nova73 HD routing matrix, and were available directly from the IBC or via ISDN, for use in home country broadcasts.
Lawo was also used to filter the edge from the vuvuzela, the atonal horns played by fans all over the country.
David Loudoun, freelance engineer and audio system designer, covered the tournament for various national broadcasters, including UK’s ITV. He said, “The sound of the vuvuzelas in the stadiums is such a huge part of the World Cup here…After communication with the host broadcaster, we’ve been using notch filters on the Lawo console to take some of the edge off the constant horn sound to soften it a little for our UK viewers.”
During the final stages of the World Cup, Spanish broadcast service provider Overon met the growing requirement for coverage from its customers with Newtec Azimuth modulators. Responding to daily requests to provide more TV feeds, Overon’s team kept pace with demand through efficient use of the allocated bandwidth. “Broadcasters and service providers really have to pull out all the stops for an event as big as the World Cup,” says Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec.