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NEWS LIVE EVENTS Dutch Winter Olympics coverage B lackmagic Design has reported that Dutch broadcaster NOS deployed the Blackmagic Universal Videohub 288 for signal routing and distribution during its coverage of the Olympic Winter Games. Built by live production specialist Broadcast Rental, the Sochi facility will handle more than 60 live signals from across the Games. As well as live feeds from commentary positions in more than 40 sports venues, the master control room, based in the International Broadcast Center at Sochi, will also receive inputs from Holland House, where Dutch athletes, coaching teams and supporters congregate, to take viewers behind the scenes of the team’s Olympic experience. Supporting Nippon TV in Sochi L eading broadcast rental specialist, Presteigne Broadcast Hire has supported broadcasters from around the world as they sent coverage back from the current sporting events in Sochi, Russia. These include Japans Nippon Television Network (NTV). Gold medal support for broadcast coverage A s people from around the world gathered in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Games and Paralympic Games in March, Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) was supporting various Russian broadcast entities covering the events with more than 30 Nucomm CamPac2 wireless camera systems (CP2). The system comprises the CamPac2 camera-mounted transmitter and Newscaster DR2 diversity receiver, Sony RPS (Remote Paint System) camera control and digital voice intercom package. The wireless system is one of the most reliable go- to links on the market, delivering consistent, solid coverage. IMT is no stranger to these major sporting events, having supported nearly 30 previous games, says IMT Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. We fully understand the specifics of the environment in terms of working in the 7.1-7.7 GHz Russian frequency band and what is required to cover an event of this scope. Massive communications network at Winter Games The broadcaster rented a number of XDCam decks for recording, editing and ingest. NTV also has an on-site studio, for which Presteigne Broadcast Hire has provided two complete camera chains, together with a studio pedestal. S “As Olympic coverage is not an everyday event, we need to supplement our own equipment with rented kit”, said Yujin Suzuki, technical director of NTV. “We have to balance our needs on site with our production plans back in Japan”. The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners. “We have been working with Presteigne Broadcast Hire for some years now to cover a number of events”, he added. “Renting from Japan would take up too much shipping time, and dry hire is not common in Russia as they expect to provide personnel alongside the equipment which we did not need. We have enjoyed good service from Presteigne Broadcast Hire in the past, and we had confidence in their commitment to support us in Sochi”. 20 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 ound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan.