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Denver Broncos Edit with Accom's Affinity NLE

(October 24, 2001)
Accom announced today that the Denver Broncos football team has kicked off their 2001 season at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, CO with the combined purchase of an Abekas 6000 On-Air/Production Server and an AFFINITY Non-linear (NLE) Editing System. This winning combination represents an integrated package that provides the Broncos with the ability to achieve a fresh look to their home games. The systems, when interconnected, provide a rapid and quick turnaround that is critical in meeting the production demands and challenges expected in a live, high profile sporting event such as football.

The Denver Broncos selected the Abekas 6000 and the AFFINITY because of the compatibility of the two systems. The union between the two sets new heights for stadium use as several game highlights and sponsor packages can be created and played back throughout the event. To achieve this, one or more of the channels on the 8-channel Abekas 6000 records footage of the Broncos home game from isolated (ISO) camera feeds. The AFFINITY operator then has control of another channel of the Abekas 6000 for play and record. The highlights can subsequently be identified and digitized from the Abekas 6000 just 15 frames after they happen, digital effects added and graphics keyed in the AFFINITY to create a polished highlights package, which is then published to the Abekas 6000 for broadcast onto the Broncos stadium scoreboard.

"One of the powerful advantages of using the digital AFFINITY with the Abekas 6000 is that if we composite some elaborate motion graphics for use by the director, the AFFINITY can then be used as a workstation allowing us to composite a piece that is really cool with video + key still in tact. When it's completed, the AFFINITY operator can take the video and the key signal of the package that was just created and publish it back to the 6000," commented Eric Brummond, of Ruckus Media Productions, the Denver Broncos production team.

"We are also using the two systems independently of one another," he continued. "During the weeks leading up to a game, we are busy building features, cutting video and creating graphics on the AFFINITY. Many of the effects we are creating on the AFFINITY, can be done in real-time -- it's that easy. With other systems, you have to set something to render and come back in an hour. The speed of AFFINITY is what made our purchase of the system a no brainer," Brummond said.

The Abekas 6000 allows the Broncos production team to raise the level of graphical content within live event telecasts, making heavy use of Video+Audio+Key clips. With the instant access to recorded material for production, Denver Broncos operators are also able to design a faster, more flexible workflow, integrating the 6000 into an increasingly pivotal role. "The Abekas 6000, allows us to continue to record multiple different sources while we are playing back replays or sponsor features. Many times during our breaks, we will have three or four sponsor packages that are about to air and because we have an 8-channel 6000, we can call up the various sponsor features on different channels and dictate what is going to happen next based on the flow of the game and who's ready for what," he said. "We were trying to create flexibility within our show and this digital environment allows us to do that," Brummond concluded.

About the Abekas 6000

The Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Server is one of the latest digital disk recording systems from Accom, designed for mission-critical on-air broadcast operations. The Abekas 6000 represents a new generation of broadcast television servers and is designed for multiple applications. It features DVCPRO and MPEG-2 compression with user-selectable bit rates of either 25Mb/s or 50Mb/s, can be configured with 2, 4, 6, or 8 digital video I/O channels, and offers 130+ hours of local RAID-5 disk storage in a single server. By employing an optional fibre channel network, up to 32 stand-alone Abekas 6000 servers can be linked into a single enterprise server system.

Unique to the Abekas 6000 is a VTR-style hardware control panel that's used for all server operations -- and which completely eliminates the need for a WinPC, VGA display and mouse typical of most video server systems. In addition, each I/O channel can be independently controlled via external station automation using Louth, Odetics or Sony protocol -- or by using the Abekas 6000 native Ethernet API. A future-proof, modular architecture separates video and networking I/O from the ultra high-bandwidth disk recording system, allowing a multitude of custom combinations of storage, I/O, and control from a few standard system components.

The Abekas 6000 video server also features many "ready to go" built-in applications, such as List Play, Time Delay and VTR ingest -- all controlled from the user friendly and easy to understand hardware control panel. Accom's "clip-based" recording format greatly simplifies manual recall-to-air operations, makes it easy to exchange material between networked systems, and allows I/O channels to be simply "paired" for straightforward "video+key" recording and playout.

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