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China Beijing TV's New 3D OB-Van

China Beijing Television is ramping up its 3D production and distribution infrastructure. In this scope, SONY Professional Solutions developed a full HD 3D TV outside broadcast (OB) van -the first in China apparently- architectured around a unified 2D plus stereoscopic 3D workflow. SONY provides aslo shoulder stereoscopic cameras, mixers and various equipment.

EVS Broadcast Equipment (Liège, Belgium) has equipped their new new 3D OB van with XT3 servers as well as IPDirector and XFile software.

A truckload of 3D Equipment

The new truck is designed as a general purpose unit but will primarily be used for sports production, enabling the network to cost effectively capture and broadcast sporting events in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D. The state-of-the-art OB truck is equipped with 10 HD cameras, including two Sony 3D cameras and two super slow motion cameras. Six of the cameras can be combined to create three 3D cameras.

EVS’ flexible XT3 servers can be configured to support both HD production, and simultaneous 2D and 3D production. For simultaneous 2D and 3D production with five stereoscopic 3D camera rigs and four 2D cameras, the XT3 servers are used in a six-channel 3D configuration. One switcher produces the 2D signal while the other operates in 3D mode. The Sony switcher’s DVE board combines the 2D camera signals to create 3D signals.

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Capture and Archiving in One Step with EVS IPDirector

Beijing Television’s operators maintain total control over their productions with EVS’ IPDirector suite of production content management applications, while material is archived during capture using EVS’ XFile application. “This is an exciting moment for Beijing Television,” said Raymond Chen, general manager, EVS China. “Their new 3D production truck sets a new standard for outside broadcast and we’re very proud that EVS solutions are playing a key role in delivering 3D sports content.”

China Beijing Television expects to reach full HD 3D production capacity in 2012.


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