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Olympic International Broadcast Center Brands With Ensemble

Program feeds originating from the International Broadcast Center in Beijing were branded with Ensemble Designs logo inserters. In addition to the Ensemble Avenue 7420 logo inserters, Avenue 5400 and 7405 Sync pulse and test-signal generators were used on feeds from all 40 Olympic venues across China.

A special in-house TV distribution network at the IBC provided correspondents and reporters views of various venues and events, facilitating coverage when a reporter could not be at each Games site.

The IBC received full-bandwidth uncompressed HD feeds on fiber from venues within fiber distance of the center. More distant venues sent compressed MPEG feeds at a high bit-rate back to the IBC. All signals were fed into a matrix of Ensemble 7420s for individual branding of each channel.

At the various venues, Avenue 5400s were used to feed pathological and color bars to the path and to ID each venue. Olympics staff engineers asked Ensemble Designs to add a moving element to the test signals to help alert if a path is frozen.