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Henninger Delivers HD Onlines With Snell & Wilcox Ukon

Ukon conversion platform in virtual telecine delivers high-quality onlines to clients (May 05, 2005)

Henninger Media Services is using the Snell & Wilcox Ukon universal conversion platform in a virtual telecine environment to maximize the use of video content by allowing SD footage captured over the course of HD productions to be integrated seamlessly into the final product.

The Mid-Atlantic's leading creative communications company, Henninger has installed the Ukon in its multi-standard finishing suite along with a da Vinci 2K color correction system to deliver high-quality HD onlines to clients such as Discovery Channel and A&E's History Channel in the broadcast sector, as well as corporate and independent production companies.

Ukon enables engineers at Henninger to bring SD footage into HD for editing and color correction and to convert media across HD formats for delivery in the appropriate HD format. This capability allows Henninger and its clients to bring useful footage captured alongside HD recording - a "B" roll shot in DV, for example, that previously may have been discarded - into the final HD broadcast product at a very high quality.

"We use our extensive in-house resources to deliver concept-through-delivery solutions for all forms of electronic media, and we selected the Ukon for our conversion suite because it's the best converter available today," said Sam Crawford, chief engineer for Henninger's Arlington, Va., facility. "It understands every HD format out there and has a setting for each one. Because it recognizes different formats and can tell the difference between interlaced and progressive, Ukon is able to identify exactly the right kind of processing to get the best conversion."

Ukon can be configured to provide upconversion, downconversion, and crossconversion (SD-to-SD or HD-to-HD) either singly or in any combination. The system handles different frame rates, image sizes, and aspect ratios, as well as AES and compressed audio formats. Because it also carries out time-code conversion from any SD or HD format to any HD or SD format with exact frame mapping, Ukon is ideally suited for applications in which precise lip-sync and time-code integrity are important considerations.

"The settings for this box accommodate so many formats; Snell & Wilcox didn't leave anything out," added Crawford. "The Ukon handles the whole video stream and everything involved with it. It does an unbelievable job of upconverting to HD, and as a result we can leverage both clients' SD and HD media resources - without compromising quality - to produce a more complete broadcast product."

About Henninger Media Services
Henninger Media Services is the Mid-Atlantic's leading creative communications company. As a full-service provider, the company uses its extensive in-house resources to deliver concept-through-delivery solutions for all forms of electronic media. Henninger serves clients nationwide in the broadcast, corporate, and independent production communities through a network of locations in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Since 1983 Henninger has been on the forefront of media creation with an unrivaled suite of talent, technology, service, and innovation. Whether it's high definition video, 35 mm film, DVD, or the Web, Henninger Media Services is the place.

About Snell & Wilcox
Snell & Wilcox, the leader in its field, delivers technologies and products that enable television and satellite broadcasters, post-production facilities, filmmakers, and communications professionals to move content seamlessly between analog, digital, high definition and file-based systems and to bridge the world's multiplicity of line/field and color standards. The company provides switchers and keyers, standards conversion systems, networked infrastructure components, and products for noise reduction, image enhancement, and restoration. In business since 1973, Snell & Wilcox maintains its U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and European headquarters in Hampshire, UK. Additional offices are located in New York, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Russia.

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