Snell & Wilcox supports 2006 FIFA World Cup

Snell & Wilcox has announced that U.K. and German broadcasters and a Spanish-language network, completed coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup using Snell & Wilcox technology to deliver all 27 matches to viewers across the globe in the appropriate format.

Backed by a support team from Snell & Wilcox, FIFA World Cup broadcasters used 10 Kahuna SD/HD multiformat production switchers, along with the Alchemist Ph.C standards converters and a variety of Snell & Wilcox distribution, processing, monitoring, and control solutions to mix HD feeds of the game with other HD and SD sources for worldwide delivery in HD, SD, and analog formats.

During their production of the FIFA World Cup, broadcasters used the Kahuna's ability to handle both SD and HD sources transparently and relied on the system's integrated conversion processes to drive HD and SD versions of their productions. Utilizing Ph.C phase correlation motion estimation technology, the Snell & Wilcox Alchemist Ph.C enabled broadcasters to convert between 50 and 60 Hz frame rates.

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