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Turner Studios Uses Abekas 6000 for Wimbledon Coverage

(July 10, 2001)
Accom announced that Turner Sports, Inc. used the Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Production Server as a part of their coverage at the Wimbledon tennis tournament last week.

After using the Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Production Server last year, Turner Studios, the all-digital production facility for the Turner Broadcasting Entertainment Networks, decided to make it an integral part of their studio complements. Turner Studios purchased their first unit in April to ensure its use on this year's Wimbledon broadcast.

The Abekas 6000 provides Turner Studios and Turner Sports instantaneous access to a multitude of Video+Audio+Key clips, which were seen throughout TNT's live coverage of the 2001 Wimbledon Championships. According to the company, the Abekas 6000 enables multiple users, whether graphics operators, editors, as well as technical directors to instantaneously cue and play the same clips, all at the same time. With the superior video image quality of the DVCPRO 50Mb/s compression available on the Abekas 6000, the operators are able to obtain the same level of heavily detailed graphic images, as they would get from a Digital Betacam.

"The ability to have a video and key signal married together avoids the potential of a key signal slipping," said Peter Fredlund, Turner Studios Technical Director. "We use a very heavy amount of moving clips with key, they need to be frame accurate every time. With the 6000, you don't even have to give it a second thought. The ability to use either direct machine control or a third party controller to connect to the switcher is very convenient."

For the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Turner Studios has added fully automated control, via a production switcher, of two Abekas 6000 video channels, paired in a video and key mode. Four other Abekas 6000 video channels are being operated with the Abekas 6000's custom operating panel and two channels are under the control of linear editors in the edit bay. All operators have simultaneous access to all the material on the server.

"The Abekas 6000 has provided us the flexibility to use graphics and animations in ways that was previously very difficult. With the 6000, we are able to run multiple animations or graphics with key from numerous sources and from numerous locations. Furthermore, throughout this event, the 6000 showed us how robust it is by never failing. We have not missed a beat throughout this entire tournament, commented Lenny Daniels, Vice President/Senior Director of Turner Sports.

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