Panasonic delivers Olympic production solutions for host broadcaster

Athens Olympic Broadcasting (AOB) is using several Panasonic products to cover the Summer Olympics, including AJ-SDX900 camcorders, DVCPRO50 videotape recorders, AJ-SD955 and AJ-SD930 editing decks.

Panasonic is playing an important role in bringing the Summer Olympics from Athens to television viewers around the world.

Host broadcaster Athens Olympic Broadcasting (AOB) is using Panasonic DVCPRO50 50Mb/s 4:2:2 VTRs and camcorders as its official video recording format.

AOB is using more than 100 Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTRs, including the AJ-SD955 and AJ-SD930 editing decks with variable slow-motion playback, at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC).

Two hundred professional cameras and camcorders, including 100 AJ-SDX900 16:9/4:3 switchable DVCPRO50 camcorders, capable of shooting 24 frames per second and recording full 48-kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels, are being used at the Olympic venues. Panasonic has also equipped AOB with 1600 broadcast-quality monitors, including 1100 LCD displays. The monitors are being used by editors and technical operators in the IBC’s editing suites and transmission center.

The company also has supplied the AOB with 40 advanced DVD-RAM video recorders, which can record 16 hours in EP mode on a 9.4GB double-sided disc. A progressive scan component terminal optimizes the resolution for PAL and NTSC sources when connected to a plasma panel/LCD TV or LCD projector.

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