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Several manufacturers to equip NBC Olympics for Tokyo Games

Several manufacturers to equip NBC Olympics for Tokyo Games

Several manufacturers to equip NBC Olympics for Tokyo Games


NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected various manufacturers to provide support for its production of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which take place in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July – 8 August.

Six Calrec Artemis consoles will be set up in NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Stamford, Connecticut, with a 64-fader Artemis and a Brio console in the Main Control Room in Tokyo. Also in Tokyo will be a 32-fader Artemis Beam handling the audio in the 4K control room for immersive audio broadcasts, and two 40-fader Artemis consoles used in NBC Olympics’ fly packs for immersive beach volleyball and golf production. There will be full IP routing in the IBC so all Calrec consoles will have AoIP interfaces connecting a variety of fixed format and modular Hydra2 IO to an IP router.

For the remote production workflow, six RP1 units will connect the NBC Olympics studios in the IBC with Stamford control rooms, as well as two studios onsite in Tokyo, basketball and volleyball venues to their home control rooms. Two Brio consoles will also be in use at the downtown studios, splitting the audio for redundancy between the RP1 and Brio.

NBC Olympics has turned to Xytech’s ScheduALL for a ninth consecutive Olympic Games to deliver advanced enterprise resource and transmission optimisation solutions in order to coordinate the highly dynamic environment of the Games. NBC Olympics will be able to leverage the expertise of Xytech’s software and services to orchestrate the logistics of people, equipment, locations and transmission feeds. Xytech’s ScheduALL manages critical information, such as video router assignments and satellite uplink scheduling, and automatically passes the information to downstream systems to facilitate on-air coverage for each feed.

Rocket Surgery, Ross Video’s in-house creative and professional services division, will also be providing Voyager, the latest generation graphics rendering solution (based on the Unreal 4 engine from Epic Games) along with production crew to integrate the graphic elements designed by the NBC Olympics graphics team and operate the technology on the air.

NBC Olympics will use Telestream’s Lightspeed Live Capture and Vantage media processing platform to perform a unique, mixed HDR/SDR workflow. This workflow will save significant time and enable editing teams to work on both the SDR and HDR products during the editorial process simultaneously.

Amagi will deploy its cloud playout platform, Amagi CLOUDPORT, and live sports/news automation solution, Amagi LIVE, to create Olympic Channel’s live coverage in UHD. With HEVC playout and mezzanine-quality UHD encoding, Amagi CLOUDPORT architecture has been designed for video transmission over IP, especially for a global and premium live sporting event such as the Olympic Games.

RTS has been NBC Olympics’ broadcast intercom partner for over 25 years. The manufacturer has supported the NBC Olympics production team on its transition from analogue to IP, which has enabled all its local and global locations to act as a single virtual location, thanks to RTS Trunking solutions. The installation for NBC Olympics’ coverage will be full IP, comprising over 600 ports and leveraging two RTS technologies: OMNEO high-quality audio for local communication and RVON for international comms.

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