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29/10/2014

Blackmagic Powers Big Screen At ATP Tournament

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The Erste Bank Open in Vienna, part of the ATP mens' tennis tournament, deployed a big screen video production system built featuring the Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and Teranex 2D Processor.

Event production specialist K-Zwei Kommunikation used live match feeds from broadcaster ORF, player statistics, HawkEye line calls, music videos and crowd participation elements in a live program mix for the tournament.
"Blackmagic's ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K helps us solve two key challenges within our live production; managing the sheer number of different video feeds that we are dealing with, and the need to transmit and mix embedded audio," explains Rene Melik of K-Zwei. "The switcher is compact enough to fit into our production kit, but the 20 inputs give us the flexibility we need, together with the audio mixing capabilities available through the ATEM Control Software.
"We rely on visual features such as picture in picture, for example when a trainer is providing analysis on the match, and SuperSource is very useful when we play games with the crowd, with spectators uncovering squares on a screen to guess the picture underneath. All of these elements mean we can deliver creative content that complements the action on court."
K-Zwei is also tasked with incorporating scores and player statistics from the timekeeper, as well as line calls from HawkEye into the program. Both feeds are analog video, so a Teranex 2D Processor is used to upscale signals.
"HawkEye decisions generate fantastic crowd reactions, so it's critical that the video feed is high quality and can be sent to the big screens at any point during the match without delay. We can upscale with a touch of a button and ensure our production is consistent."
The program mix is uploaded to a VJ play out system and transmitted to multiple big screens around the stadium.

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