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GP Week : Issue 1
F1 PREVIEW >> you’re watching. But there’s a lot of work that goes on back at home, too, both at FOM’s base in Knightsbridge and down at Biggin Hill. 2007 saw a raft of new graphics with real-time tyre temperatures and brake balance, weather predictions (which came into their own during the European Grand Prix), and a revised and more comprehensive G-Force meter. On the technical side, brand new Ultra Slow Motion (12X frame rate Hi-Definition “Hi- Motion”) cameras were used for the first time, along with innovative camera motion techniques and specially placed Hi-Def micro-cameras giving fans a previously unseen insight into the action. With new and exhilarating on board camera mountings, the broadcast possibilities seemed endless. So what can we expect for 2008? If last season is anything to go by, FOM will have been working hard over the winter to perfect the latest technologies and ever- improving show. Following last year’s transition from 4:3 picture ratio to 16:9 widescreen, FOM is starting to instigate a larger number of Hi-Definition cameras, which would lead one to expect an inevitable full switch to HD at some point in the next few years. The move to 16:9 has certainly been a step in the right direction, and with FOM playing a key role in the development of the 'Kangaroo' hand-held interactive televisual device(housing the company within its F1 Communications Centre), they are also clearly keeping an eye on developments being made from an interactive perspective. But with FOM committed now to originating the International Live Feed from 16 of the 18 races in 2008, one thing is certain. The racing will be clearer, the action will seem closer and more real, and the information at your disposal will be greater than ever before. Oh, and did we mention that the same crew is also responsible for broadcasting GP2, Formula BMW and the Porsche SuperCup? All on the same weekend. An army of unsung heroes, indeed. 35