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Axon modules support 3-D transmission of Brussels sports event

Outside Broadcast, a veteran mobile production company in Belgium, has transmitted its first 3-D event, the Memorial Van Damme, with the help of up/down/crossconverter and synchronizer modules from Axon — for example, the HXH150, part of Axon’s Synapse modular product line that offers HD, SD up/down/cross conversion and synchronization with side-curtain conversion.

The Memorial Van Damme, an athletics event held in Brussels, was captured in 3-D from capture to delivery to the consumer cameras. The 3-D signals were fed into the mixer, and the right and left eye were processed in parallel.

For a 3-D-ready transmission, the left eye and right eye sources need to be combined into one SDI (HD) video stream. This is accomplished by squeezing both pictures to an anamorphic half horizontal size and displaying it in side-by-side mode, compatible with MPEG transmissions. The Axon HXH150 performed this task together with the required synchronization of the two streams. The HXH150 is also available with an integrated audio shuffler (HXH160) and in a 3GB/s version (GXG150 and GXG160)

The modules were supplied to Outside Broadcast through Axon’s Belgian distributor Diginet BV/SA.