France Télévisions is the official distributor in France and executive producer of the French Open. In 2011, Roland Garros coverage was seen in 178 countries covered by 137 broadcasters. In France, France Télévisions coverage spans three channels (France 2, France 3 and France 4) with a total of 13 hours of coverage a day.

Throughout the fortnight, nearly 700 people including 20 directors are working on site to broadcast 250 matches. The footage filmed by France Télévisions cameras is neutral and goes on to be sent to television stations around the world. TV channels then personalize the footage, ready for it to be broadcast: they add their own titles, the channel’s logo, slow motion shots and other visual effects.

60 cameras are used to cover the seven TV courts for the international feed and then 12 more cameras for the domestic coverage. 15 HD cameras film the action on court Philippe Chatrier: wide angle cameras, remote cameras, magnifiers, beauty cameras, one cablecam, one speedtrack … but also 6 3D cameras.

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Cablecam:

Two cablecams are installed in the Roland Garros stadium: one which runs on a 310m long wire between the Chatrier and Lenglen courts, and one which runs over court Suzanne Lenglen on a 66m long wire.

Cablecam

Cablecam

Each cablecam is managed by two persons:
– the pilot moves the camera system over the field

– the video operator controls the camera pan, tilt, zoom and focus

Cablecam video operator

For more info, check out the excellent blog mediaunautreregard (in French, but google translate is your friend).

Speedtrack:

The speedtrack is a camera mounted on a 60m long rail placed in the upper tier of tribune Henri Cochet.

Speedtrack

Before 2010, the rail was placed on the ground between the field and the public.
The operator manages all by himself: the movement on the the rail but also the zoom, pan, tilt of the camera.

3D:

The 3D production is being handled by EuroMedia 3D.
The 3D market is still a niche market but tennis is ideal for 3D because the field of play is fairly compact and the ball tends to be coming towards and going away from the viewer whereas the lateral coverage of a sport like football does not take advantage of the 3D format.
Six 3D cameras are capturing all the action on Philippe Chatrier court during the two-week tournament.

Court Philippe Chatrier set:

Road to Roland Garros:

Every day, for the duration of the tournament, Road to Roland Garros features a two-minute interview from a top player during his car ride from Roland Garros to his hotel. It is similar to Australian Open’s ‘Open Drive’ except it is sponsored by Peugeot and the driver is a pretty hot actor.

The car is equipped with mini cameras and an automated camera slider has been installed next to the driver. The interview is recorded automically by recorders placed in the trunk of the car.

Photo credits:
4, 5, 6: mediaunautreregard
10, 11, 12: Road to Roland Garros facebook page

Mardi 19 février, lancement de MCS Tennis, la 1ère chaîne française 100% tennis.

MCS Tennis proposera chaque année plus de 40 tournois en direct et en exclusivité:
– circuit WTA (22 tournois incluant les Masters)
– circuit ATP (Brisbane, Houston, Gstaad…)
– Hopman Cup
– circuits ATP Seniors et Tennis Classic

MCS Tennis proposera également chaque semaine de nombreux magazines entièrement consacrés à l’univers du tennis: entraînement, tennis, préparation… Grâce à des accords avec les tournois du Grand Chelem, la matinée sera consacrée aux grands matchs de l’histoire du tennis.

La saison débutera sur MCS Tennis avec les tournois WTA de Dubaï et ATP de Buenos Aires à suivre en direct du 19 au 23. Rendez-vous ensuite à Indian Wells du 6 au 17 mars et Miami du 20 au 31.

La chaîne s’appuiera sur l’expertise de Sandrine Testud, ancienne 9è mondiale. Sophie Amiach, Sarah Pitkowski et Patrick Proisy complèteront l’équipe.

MCS Tennis sera disponible su le canal 171 de Numericable.