02.20.2006 02:31 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Sony supports NBC at Winter Olympics

A large amount of Sony gear, including the MVS-8000 HD switcher, is being used by NBC for its HD coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.
Sony Electronics is providing a range of high-definition broadcast and production systems for NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Games this month in Torino, Italy.

The Sony HD equipment to be used by NBC includes studio cameras, camcorders, switchers, VTRs, monitors, videoconferencing systems and professional videotapes. These products will be used by NBC in an array of applications during the Torino Games, from the International Broadcast Center (IBC) to individual athletic venues.

Sony’s HDC-1000 multiformat 1080/60P portable cameras are being used to capture the action at the Main Broadcast Center as well as several of the outlying venues, sending signals to several Sony MVS-8000A and MFS-2000 video production switchers.

The HDCAM HDW-730S camcorder will also be used for field acquisition. In NBC’s operations center, several types of Sony VTRs will be used, including the HDCAM HDW-M2000, HDW-D2000 and the SRW-5500 professional models. The network is also using a large amount of professional videotape, including more than 16,000 hours worth of HDCAM videocassettes, as well as Sony DigitalMaster 6mm and Digital Betacam format tapes.

To view incoming feeds, NBC is using 70 of Sony’s BVM-D HD mastering monitors, which display each input signal at its native frequency and resolution with an extremely high degree of color accuracy. Models being used include the BVM-D14H5U, BVM-D20F1U, BVM-D24E1WU and BVM-D32E1WU units.

NBC is also employing a Sony PCS-G50 videoconferencing system and more than 300 LUMA professional LCD monitors, including Sony’s latest line of two-piece multiformat monitors. This series of LUMA monitors features Sony's ChromaTru color processing technology, which enables multiple monitors to quickly achieve nearly identical color characteristics using programmed color shifts that match EBU, SMPTE-C or ITU color standards.

More than 150 LUMA LMD-9050 9in multiformat field monitors will be used because of their HD-SDI interface, which makes them well suited for HD field production.

To keep everything running until the closing ceremonies, Sony's professional services team has assembled an extensive network of resources to support the NBC coverage. Sony’s Device Monitor system will allow NBC to centrally monitor the status of equipment to proactively troubleshoot and minimize production downtime during NBC's broadcast of the Games.

For more information, visit www.sony.com/professional.

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