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Italy’s Soccer Championship and Champions/Europa League Events Covered in HD Video and Dolby Surround Sound for Mediaset, Sky Italy and Rai

NAPOLI, ITALY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 — Frame S.P.A, a leading Italian-based television production company specializing in both national and international broadcasts, turned to Holophone’s H2-PRO for Italy’s Soccer Championship and several Champions/Europa League Events. The soccer events were shot in Dolby surround sound, thanks to Holophone’s H2-PRO, as well as high-definition video, and were broadcast on leading Italian television networks Mediaset, Sky Italy and Rai.

Holophone’s H2-PRO was used to build a 5.1 audio set-up to capture ambient sounds from the crowd as well as player interviews for each of the games. The H2-PRO was positioned in the center of each stadium at a convenient height in order to capture the sounds of the entire venue.

“The hardest challenge was to capture the sounds of the games as they were in motion, such as the sounds of the players kicking the ball, especially when the stadium was filled with 60,000 screaming fans,” says Stefano Gianolli, head of research, development and engineering of audio and communications at Frame S.P.A. “The realistic discreet output of Holophone’s H2-PRO made it the ideal fit for these broadcasts.”

Holophone’s H2-PRO is situated within the company’s outside broadcast vans, which are fully equipped with high-end audio and video equipment, from other leading manufacturers such as Grass Valley, Evertz, Pesa, Yamaha, and Clear Com. Due to the success of the H2-PRO, Frame recently adopted a second H2-PRO for another HD OB truck in the company’s fleet

Holophone’s H2-PRO surround microphone has revolutionized the surround sound industry, quickly becoming a standard for the capture of up to 7.1 channels of audio for HDTV broadcast, film, live events and music production. Utilizing a patented design, the H2-PRO contains eight mic elements, now featuring Sennheiser MKE 2 mic capsules, arranged to coincide with the typical surround speaker setup found in a studio or home theater. The unique structure of the device and the configuration of the mic elements allows H2-PRO users to effortlessly capture, from a single point, an accurate and immersive 3D audio experience.

About Frame S.P.A

Frame S.P.A is an integrated communications company that manages all types of projects and productions within all communication sectors. Frame is a service company that is equipped with the most advanced technology specialized in TV production, business events and corporate communication. Frame has been chosen by the most important international organizing committees for the global management, organization, logistics, setup, shooting, and broadcasting of television broadcasts on an international level, with standard and high definition OB vans. With the use of state of the art technology and a highly qualified team, Frame shoots some of the most captivating sporting images for broadcast on television screens worldwide. Frame owns all of the production equipment it utilizes advanced audio video equipment, lighting and sophisticated mobile television broadcast units.

About Holophone

Holophone is committed to developing and commercializing products that use patented 3-D audio technology to bring the physical experience of “really being there” to a new level for all audio and visual productions by professionals and hobbyists. Holophone provides customers and business partners with industry-leading product and service quality. Holophone is firmly dedicated to providing outstanding value, excellence in service, and product performance.

Holophone® surround-sound microphones are patented audio recording devices designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face in capturing, recording and broadcasting multichannel surround sound. Developed by Rising Sun Productions in Toronto, Canada, Holophone systems effortlessly capture discrete signals that are ultra-realistic and provide the most accurate spatiality, audio imaging, and directionality of any recording device. Entirely compatible with all audio mixing, encoding, and playback systems, Holophone also enhances mono and stereo mixes. Holophone systems provide the perfect front end for all professional and consumer audio applications including HDTV broadcasting, standard broadcasting of live sporting and music events, feature film location recording, and studio recording for music, films, and worship applications. Holophone surround sound technology has been used for numerous national and international broadcasts, including the Grammy Awards and NFL Super Bowl. As a scalable system, Holophone technology is also available for license to the consumer electronics industry.

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