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Network Electronics supplied technology for Olympic Games

Network Electronics supplied more than 100 video links during the Beijing Summer Games to facilitate HD and SD video transmission to and from the International Broadcasting Center, various buildings and approximately 30 locations. The extensive network has now become a permanent upgrade.

Working with the systems integrator Allways Tech, Network Electronics provided its Ventura series equipment to support transmission of the games for CCTV, China’s largest national TV network, and China Netcom Group‚ the exclusive fixed-line telecommunications partner of the games.

Ventura is Network Electronics/VPG’s line of modular signal transport solutions that support long-distance service providers. Ventura equipment transports video over IP, SONET/SDH and fiber overlay networks.

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NEP Broadcast adds Chyron HyperX2 graphics to fleet

Mobile production company NEP Supershooters has installed 11 Chyron HD/SD-switchable HyperX2 systems for use in the production and delivery of live sports productions. The HyperX2 systems enable NEP to support a variety of clients, working in both SD and HD, with the same platform.

The HyperX2 systems with Lyric PRO advanced creation and playout will enable many of NEP’s remote TV broadcast facilities to simultaneously manipulate dozens of 3-D layers of text, logos textures and movie objects in real time.

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Cleveland Browns upgrade to HD with FOR-A frame syncs

The Cleveland Browns football team has selected nine FOR-A FA9100 HD frame synchronizers with up/down/crossconversion for use within the scoreboard control room at the Cleveland Browns Stadium. The purchase is the first step in a gradual upgrade to HD.

Leveraging 12-bit internal processing, the FA-9100 HD frame synchronizers receive HD signals fed from trucks positioned outside the stadium and then downconvert them to SD. The SD video is then used to supply video feeds of instant replays to the stadium’s scoreboard.

The FA-9100/RPS provides digital or analog input/output for audio, as well, with eight-channel support provided for embedded audio and AES/EBU and four-channel support provided for analog audio. Multichannel audio signal processing is possible without phase differences between channels. Individual level adjustments can be made for each audio channel, and audio delay adjustment provides for synchronizing to the video signal.

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