/CETS left nothing on the field at ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’!

October 23 2020

All stations were a go for the Cutting Edge Technical Services [CETS] crew heading up on-site broadcast, post production and ingest services for Screentime Australia and  Channel 7’s, SAS: Australia production.

The Australian franchise of the UK series, SAS: Who Dares Wins is a reality TV show where seventeen celebrities, athletes and stars are challenged to complete SAS selection course training. Special Forces trainers put contestants to the ultimate test of will power, strength of mind and physical endurance.

Just like the recruits, Cutting Edge Technical Services were eager to step up to the challenge and provide 24/7 support to the production team. CETS provided the fixed rig camera systems, media storage and data wrangling, and provided internet connection and equipment to the remote production site near Jindabyne, NSW.

Project and R&D engineer Rob Burton said the team had to jump through some hurdles and conquer logistical barriers to provide all the on site camera and equipment. 

“With 38 cameras in total around the production set, there were some logistical challenges, not least of which was the challenge of working with COVID19 restrictions,” he said.

“Despite the tough conditions, our team was able to problem-solve and provide solutions to ensure high quality coverage of the training base.”

Rob Burton / Project and R&D Manager

Head of CETS, Pete Laird said the camera and operating equipment was just one of the obstacles the CETS team worked through on their Who Dares Wins journey; the weather also provided a challenge.

“The windy and cloudy days meant that the internet connection wasn’t quite cutting it for the amount of work it required for the start of production.

“Our team dug deep to make the best of the extreme conditions, finding all available solutions, but as luck would have it, on one of the last days of prep we were blessed with a sunny, wind free day which meant we could adjust our solutions for optimum performance,” he said.

CETS helped ease the production’s setup and workflow for SAS: Australia contributing to what is now a high-rating, hit series.