4 March, 2007
Activity Name: Hong Kong Jockey Club Broadcasting Facilities Technical Visit
Venue: Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sha Tin Racing Course

Ten of the SMPTE Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education Student Chapter members took part in the technical visit to the broadcasting facilities of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sha Tin racing course. The group was welcomed by Ms. Oonagh Chan, Manager of Broadcasting Services of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

One of the major roles of the Broadcasting Services in the Hong Kong Jockey Club is responsible for the TV production and distribution for of the 78 horse racings scheduled in 2007, on average 2 times a week. In addition to these live TV productions, the Broadcasting Services produces also promotional clips for the Club.

The tour started with a video show on the big video display at the parade ring, and followed by a very interesting tour around all broadcasting facilities and the broadcasting TV production equipment being operated in the Club, such as studio cameras, the monitoring cameras, the Central Control Unit operations and digital video server system.

The control and operation of the two big screens alongside the racing ring was demonstrated and explained. The working principles behind the Jockey Tracking System and the destination camera were also explained in details that arrested the members’ interest most. Ms. Chan also explained the setting up of micro-wave link for live camera coverage of riverside morning gallop and setting up of AV system to support various Club's functions.

The members all enjoyed this visit and considered it broadened their views in the TV production and distribution aspect.


Student Chapter members take a photo with Oonagh Chan,
Hong Kong Jockey Club Manager of Broadcasting Services

Hong Kong Jockey Club technical staff presented the scanning system at the terminal point.

Ms Chan Introduced the broadcasting system to members in studio.