Applied Electronics Purchases 66 AJA FS1 Converters for Beijing Olympic Games

Applied Electronics Purchases 66 AJA FS1 Converters for Beijing Olympic Games

April 1, 2008

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, completed a sale of 66 FS1 converters to Applied Electronics for international broadcasts of the Beijing summer Olympic games.

Applied Electronics is a systems integrator, and is building custom broadcast transmission studios for YLE (the national broadcaster of Finland) and SVT (the national broadcaster of Sweden) for installation at the international broadcast center in Beijing. Applied Electronics (AEL) will send a team of engineers to Beijing from June through to September of this year to build turnkey systems for both of these networks, as well as to provide on-site support throughout the Summer Olympics from August 8-24, 2008. At the end of the Olympic games, AEL will dismantle and return their broadcast equipment-enough to fill two shipping containers-back to headquarters in Canada to be used again for local broadcast clients, and at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

"The FS1 delivers a lot of support and flexibility at a great price point," said Kim Edmonds, Manager, Broadcast Systems Division, Applied Electronics. "We needed a reliable frame sync solution, and because we needed over 60 of them, price was a key concern. The AJA FS1 provides the most cost effective solution for frame syncing without compromising quality or reliability."

All of the international networks will be receiving a majority of their broadcast content, 40 incoming HD feeds, from the official Beijing Olympics Broadcaster (BOB). Both YLE and SVT are combining footage from their own on-site reporters and crew along with the BOB feed, and will be delivering their Olympic broadcasts in HD. As a result, Applied Electronics needed to source a reliable audio format embedding and de-embedding solution for both networks. Applied Electronics' engineers evaluated several different solutions, including products from Miranda and Leitch, before settling on AJA's FS1s.

"The FS1 delivers great frame sync at a very low cost. Another draw to the FS1 is its extreme versatility because for live events in a country like China, you need to be prepared for the 'oh, by the ways' and with the flexibility of the FS1s we can make changes to the system very easily if need be," explained Jamie Eason, Systems Engineer, Applied Electronics.

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Applied Electronics has been paving the way for broadcast and post production systems integration in Canada since its inception in 1958. The company specializes in sales, systems design, integration, service and support for leading broadcasters around the world. For more information about Applied Electronics, please visit