CHARLOTTE, NC, JANUARY 21, 2013- This year, Anton/Bauer® batteries and chargers have been a trusted part of the Carolina Panthers broadcasting team once again, supplying power throughout the season's games and countless practices. Whether powering cameras capturing live game coverage on the sidelines, in the stands or the locker room, DIONIC® 160 batteries and QUAD 2702 interactive chargers from Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, have continued to prove themselves as essential to the Panthers broadcast production team's starting lineup.
"I personally have been using Anton/Bauer batteries for as long as I've been in the business," says Berkley Dickens, broadcast engineer, PantherVision/Panthers Broadcasting. "And the same goes for the Panthers organization-they've been using the batteries and chargers for as long as they've been producing videos. We've all been in the broadcast industry for a long time, so we just know it's the only battery brand we think about using."
On game days, Anton/Bauer DIONIC 160s can be found onboard Sony PDW-F800 XDCAMs. "We typically employ two cameras for sideline recording of live game action," says Dickens. The batteries not only power the cameras, but also supplemental equipment, such as on-camera lighting or Nucomm CP2 camera-mounted transmitters, to capture fan interactions, giveaways and other related events in the stands. During the week, the batteries are also utilized with the cameras capturing post-game interviews as well as recording practices and follow-up interviews in the locker rooms.
"On game days, the dependability really comes into play for the wireless camera operators working in the stands," says Dickens. "We interact in all different areas of the stadium, so it's important that our production crew members don't have to worry about carrying a lot of spare batteries. And it's really the same thing with the sideline crew-they don't have to carry a lot of equipment while trying to keep up with the live action. They know they have the flexibility to move around as needed."
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