Thomson delivers SD, HD solutions for Olympics broadcasters

Thomson's LDK 6000 WorldCam HD cameras

Thomson Grass Valley brand products and services played a key role in capturing and producing the live and pre-edited television broadcast coverage transmitted to Olympic viewers.

Broadcasters used hundreds of Thomson Grass Valley brand cameras, switchers, editing systems, servers, routing switchers and modular products.

The company’s multi-format SD/HD switchable equipment allowed broadcast networks from Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and the United States to cover live events in SD and HD resolutions at the same time.

The uses of Thomson Grass Valley equipment at the Olympics included:

  • Five Grass Valley M-Series M-222D intelligent video digital recorders (i-VDRs) working with other digital news-production systems from Thomson at CNBC headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, as part of a fully networked content-creation infrastructure dedicated to covering the Olympics.
  • Alfacam deployed 14 OB vans outfitted with Thomson Grass Valley brand multi-format equipment, one surround mobile audio van, and one SNG HD satellite truck for NHK. Eight of these OB vans offered production capability in SD/HD mode.
    The trucks were equipped with 50 LDK 6000 WorldCam HD cameras, 95 SD cameras, 16 LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo camera systems, multiple XtenDD SD and HD switchers, Trinix, Concerto and Apex (audio) SD/HD routing switchers, and Kameleon and Gecko modular conversion products.
  • Applied Electronics supplied Grass Valley brand equipment to a number of international broadcast networks, including SVT-Sweden, YLE-Finland, Pixcom-Canada, NRK-Norway, DR/TV2-Denmark and TV2-Norway.

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