AJA Ki Pro Gives Yahoo! Sports Double Coverage for Superbowl XLV

AJA Ki Pro Gives Yahoo! Sports Double Coverage for Superbowl XLV

February 28, 2011

In the lively Superbowl Media Center in Dallas, the temporary home of 2,500 media pros, superstar athletes and Hollywood celebs sought the spotlight of Superbowl XLV. Residing in the heart of the excitement was the Yahoo!(R) Sports crew, ready to capture perspectives and insights and feed them to content-hungry fans online. By streaming the event with a live production system and using AJA Ki Pro for packaged segments, Yahoo! Sports delivered more than 21 hours of live coverage and nearly 40 high-quality interview segments posted in near-real time over the course of three days.

Yahoo! Sports hosts Charissa Thompson and Tiki Barber sat down with dozens of guests, from Hugh Jackman and Sugar Ray Leonard to Phil Simms, Marshall Faulk, Joe Montana, Jerome Bettis, Jason Witten and more.

Three Panasonic HVX200 cameras captured the interviews directly into a NewTek TriCaster TCXD850 portable live production system. AJA’s Ki Pro, a portable tapeless video recorder, worked as a master deck, recording Apple ProRes files. Editors then took those high-quality files directly into Apple Final Cut Pro running on MacBook Pro laptops, added opens and closes and cleaned up interviews, which were posted within minutes to the Yahoo! Sports website.

Darryl Newman of Dallas-based value added reseller Videotex Systems, Inc was the technical director for Yahoo! Sports in the Superbowl Media Center. “Having Ki Pro in the mix gave us the ability to stream live and also have an immediate, high quality master of the switched interviews. Without Ki Pro we would have had to spend time transcoding the MPEG2 files into ProRes for editing. With this workflow we just popped the Ki Pro drives out and brought the ProRes files right to the editors, who dropped them directly onto their timelines. Some of the finished segments were uploaded within a matter of minutes.”

“Ki Pro has a reputation for stability, and that has always been our experience,” Newman noted. “On this production it worked flawlessly over three days. There was not a single hiccup.” He added, “Bringing Ki Pro together with a live production system makes so much sense. It’s a great value-add for anyone building a production trailer or facility.”

About AJA Ki Pro

AJA Ki Pro is a portable, rugged tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. Because it features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, users can interface with virtually any type of camera. Ki Pro’s numerous simultaneous outputs enable flexible monitoring, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors. Intuitive to operate, Ki Pro’s familiar VTR-like buttons provide immediate controls for basic operation. From a distance, users can control operations with a laptop or iPhone web browser via Ethernet or wireless connection. Ki Pro records to removable storage modules including a 250GB hard disk drive (standard), optional 500GB drive, or optional 128GB or 256GB SSD storage modules. When removed, the storage module functions as a standard bus-powered FireWire 800 drive, enabling instant media playback and editing.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information visit www.aja.com.

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