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03.09.2007
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
The latest happenings from around the world of sports

ESPN to cover seven sports in HD

High-definition channels ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will produce seven sports in live HD. This includes all of its NASCAR races, NBA telecasts, MLS telecasts, MLB telecasts, college football telecasts, National Hot Rod Association races and "NFL Monday Night Football" telecasts in the 720p HD format. In total, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will deliver more than 7000 hours in HD this year.

Since the launch of ESPN HD in March 2003, many sports have received partial-season or event-based HD coverage because of limited remote telecast facilities, the network said. More HD production trucks are now on the road and able to handle the more than 700 telecasts appearing this year on ESPN's two HD channels.

More than 150 of the 400 total college basketball telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be produced in HD this year.


Wexler Video offers on-site support for tapeless production

Wexler Video provided NFL Films with a complete system of live-ingest workflow technology for the broadcast of Super Bowl XLI and the 2007 Pro Bowl. Similar technology is also being used for various award shows and specials throughout this year.

The company has put together a portable system that includes a combination of AJA and Final Cut Pro products, and included Avid's Unity MediaNet storage solution.

Similar custom solutions are also being provided to other live entertainment events, such as award shows and specials. These custom solutions are made up of several Avid Adrenaline systems tied together using Unity MediaNet and Media Manager systems. All work is done at SD and HD resolutions.

For more information, visit www.wexler.tv.


Eyeheight keyers used at Miami Stadium

Eyeheight's keyEyesHDi HD keyers were deployed to assist in the coverage of the recent Superbowl XLI in Miami.

Two compact 1RU keyEyesHDi units were supplied to Miami-based Videoscope enabling graphics-intensive broadcast relay of the game in HD. The system allows real-time generation and control of solid or transparent matte overlays, which can be located anywhere on the video display. Integral fill and key inputs are provided, with adjustable horizontal timing.

Additional features include matte generation, wipe, independent main and preview keying plus EDH reinsertion for the main output. Key on/off and six user-definable control sequences are accessible via an integral GPI interface card. The system can be controlled locally, remotely or from third-party automation.

For more information, visit www.eyeheight.com.



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