11.25.2009 11:21 AM
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Abekas delivers HD servers to Turner Studios for NBA TV

Abekas has delivered two additional Mira digital video production servers to Turner Studios in Atlanta. They were installed in the studio hosting the NBA’s NBA TV, which is the league’s 24-hour DTV network.

The new servers bring the total to four at Turner. They were installed for general use in the network’s HD production facilities and will be shared primarily between NBA on TNT and MLB on TBS.

On the NBA TV set, the two Mira servers feed all animated graphics, bumpers and interstitial video into several large-screen, flat-panel video monitors, which form an integral part of the production set used for NBA TV’s live studio coverage of basketball games.

Abekas said the Mira servers are used primarily for ingest and replay of animated graphics transitions using video, key and audio; live sports slow-motion instant replay; and to feed stylized video into on-set plasma monitors.

For applications that are extremely audio intensive, Mira offers up to eight AES and 16 embedded tracks of audio per video channel — for a total of up to 64 embedded audio tracks. All digital audio in Mira is recorded with no compression, ensuring the highest level of aural fidelity with enough tracks to easily support surround-sound and multilingual productions.

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