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FOR-A Brings Top Tech for Live Event Production to Austin

Including Signal Processor for Image Conversion during Global Sports Broadcasts and Replay System Deployed by Coaches and Gaming Networks.

FOR-A will showcase its latest range of live production technology this week at the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) show, August 7-8 in Austin, Texas (Booth 517). At their stand will be some of the latest gear used for studio production and live events, including some of the world’s most high-profile sporting events.

Included in the FOR-A line-up at TAB is the FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor; the 4K-capable HVS-490 HANABI video switcher; Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Studio production suite and Envivo Replay live event replay solution; ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution; and the ODYSSEY Insight video server.

Heading to the upcoming 2019 world rugby event, the 2020 Tokyo summer games, and the start of the new professional football leagues in Europe, the FOR-A FA-9600 dual channel signal processor is gaining attention from premiere broadcasters looking for the highest quality, image conversion technology for these prestigious events.

The new version of the popular FA-9600 supports 3D LUT for advanced color grading and Sony’s SR Live workflow for live HDR production. The dual-channel unit provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut support and conversion of multiple formats, such as: 12G-SDI, 4K (UHD), 1080p, and SD/HD-SDI. Each of the FA-9600 processor’s two HD/SD-SDI inputs includes a frame synchronizer.

The compact HANABI HVS-490 opens the door to more affordable 4K production. HDMI 2.0b specification support provides 4K(UHD) output to a multi-viewer. Offering exclusive features, including MELite™ technology, which extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to offer 6 M/E performance, the HVS-490 is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions. The switcher provides users with event memory and macro functions, as well as integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers – making it easy to set up quickly for live performances.

Recently introduced at NAB 2019, Variant Systems will showcase the new Envivo Studio in the FOR-A TAB booth. Envivo Studio is an all-in-one live production system that includes a clip player, still store, shot box, and powerful capabilities, including:

  • Live switcher (cut camera inputs)
  • Internal keyer (multi-layer overlay)
  • Switcher support (key/fill)
  • Drive multiple venue screens (IMAG)
  • VDCP control
  • 24hr loop record inputs
  • Built-in slow-motion replay
  • Coaching review tool
  • Time shift

Envivo Replay offers a complete replay solution packaged in an intuitive user interface with continuous multiple iso-channel recording capabilities, simultaneous clip storage of multiple angles to clip bins, playlists for highlights playback, built-in branding capabilities, direct publishing to social media platforms, and support for high speed super slow-motion cameras. Both Envivo systems will be shown with a Dante audio interface, enabling the systems to support uncompressed, multi-channel, low latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network. Studio and Replay also support NDI (Network Device Interface), a free protocol for Video-Over-IP, developed by NewTek.

Envivo Replay was recently selected by the new Spanish-language Hipica TV (TSG Network) as the heart of its production system. UCLA Athletics selected Envivo Replay to help analyze player performance during team practice.

A demo of the latest ClassX solution of 2D/3D character generation and live motion graphics and playout software integrated with FOR-A video switchers will be shown. ClassX’s graphics suite of solutions is popular with universities, digital signage, live event, and sports production applications. ClassX offers a complete solution with pixel-perfect, real-time 2D and 3D motion graphics and titling, SportsGraphics, SocialServer, MOS newsroom interface, clip playing automation, picture-in-picture and a multi-functional scripting facility. ClassX supports Dante digital audio for playout.

ODYSSEY’s Insight Production Server is a multi-channel playout system, available in a two- or four-channel configuration. Offering a Web interface for control from any device with a web browser (no installation required), the video server provides a wide range of supported wrappers and codecs for media contribution and video play out with time delay playback. Insight’s flexible event processor allows users to connect multiple devices and interact with FOR-A production video switchers, routing switchers, CG generators, GPIO-connected devices and other studio equipment to orchestrate event triggering for a seamless production.

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