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CATV Tokushima upgrades to 4K with Blackmagic

CATV Tokushima upgrades to 4K with Blackmagic

CATV Tokushima upgrades to 4K with Blackmagic

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CATV Tokushima has replaced its 2K live broadcast system with a 4K infrastructure built around Blackmagic Design products, including the URSA Broadcast camera, ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, ATEM Camera Control Panel and HyperDeck Studio 12G.

‘In order to replace the live broadcast system from 2K to 4K, we introduced many Blackmagic products,’ confirmed Takushi Ichisaka, programme production manager at CATV Tokushima. ‘We have used Blackmagic products before, and know they are reliable and the cost performance is really great as implementing a similar system with another company's product could cost more than three times more. Also, Blackmagic products have many 4K 12G products available, so we were able to build a unified 4K live broadcast solution.’

The broadcaster recently covered the Awa dance festival, setting up four URSA Broadcasts at the main dance venue. Each of the cameras was equipped with a Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter, connected via an SMPTE fibre optic cable to a Studio Fiber Converter at the relay site.

The feed from the URSA Broadcasts was sent to the ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K switcher, which then sent signals to an ATEM Camera Control Panel, SmartView 4K and SmartScope Duo 4K. The ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K was used for switching, inputting titles and logos and to manage talkback directly with the cameraman, while a HyperDeck Studio 12G provided backup recording.

‘ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K supports eight 12G-SDI inputs with format conversion, so you can format any signal and it's really easy because you don't need to convert,’ said Ichisaka. ‘The switcher area has become very clean compared to before, as no additional equipment like cables or converters is needed. The ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K has a very easy to understand interface, so anyone can operate it intuitively, and the combination of ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K and ATEM software control makes it easy to manage titles and logos. The 2K material titles and logos are also converted to 4K automatically, which is very useful.’



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