2010 Paralympics Achieve New Broadcast Heights With AJA Solutions
March 31, 2010

2010 Paralympics Achieve New Broadcast Heights With AJA Solutions

Grass Valley, Calif. - AJA Video Systems, manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, provided ParalympicSport.TV, the Internet TV Channel of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), with a range of equipment to facilitate coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games on the web. The editorial crew for ParalympicSport.TV used AJA KONA, Ki Pro and Mini-Converters to enable a seamless broadcast workflow based on the Apple ProRes 422 codecs. The Paralympic Winter Games were held from March 12-21 in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
The IPC crew, led by broadcasting consultant Jochen Faerber, is running ten Apple Final Cut Pro workstations equipped with AJA KONA LHi video cards for editing. The systems are fed from the original game's live feed (captured with Panasonic P2 cameras), with field production teams and commentary audio embedded into the HD-SDI signal using AJA's HD10AMA Mini-Converters. Io HD is being employed to edit some material in the field and to ensure the footage matches the Apple ProRes files recorded natively by the Ki Pros. The team is using multiple AJA Ki Pro portable digital disk recorders to capture long live feeds directly to Apple ProRes files for archiving and to create cut-downs for TV and web broadcasts.

The Paralympics are produced by the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBSV). Faerber's team is located in the International Broadcast Center and receives all HD signals produced by the OBSV, covering the Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing and Ice Sledge Hockey events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

ParalympicSport.TV, broadcasts live coverage as well as summaries, news and highlights 24/7 with English commentary. The Paralympics content on this unrestricted channel can be streamed by any site worldwide.