FOR-A deploys 4K production tools at Winter Olympics

FOR-A is supporting 4k production at this year’s Winter Olympics, using video and routing switchers, multiviewers and video conversion technologies.

Broadcasters in a number of countries, including the United States, Japan, and Korea, are using FOR-A solutions for coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Games, notes the company in a release.

“FOR-A is proud to say that its products have been relied on for production of every Winter and Summer Games since the 1998 Nagano Winter Games,” said Hiroaki Tanoue of FOR-A. “We pride ourselves on providing efficient, innovative technology that our customers can rely on, and we’re confident that our products will help broadcasters execute seamless operations in their coverage of this month’s Winter Games.”

FOR-A’s frame rate convert technologies have been used in all recent Games, and one solution that will be used in PyeongChang is the FRC-9000 unit. The FRC-9000 frame rate converter features 4K/3G/HD/SD multi-format support and conversion with motion compensation processing, and offers the option to upgrade to dual channel conversion in 3G/HD-SDI and store up to two Dolby E encoder/decoder optional modules.

FOR-A products that will be used in 4K production systems include both the HVS-490 and HVS-2000 video switchers.

Other FOR-A solutions that are being used in 4K production systems during the Winter Games include the USF-1044UDC 4K up/down/cross converter, MFR-8000 routing switcher and MV-4210 multi viewer – all of which offer multi-format support and simplify 4K workflows. The company’s ESG-8000 8K/4K/HD test signal generator and DSK-400 4K/HD keyer, which includes 12 inputs and 8 outputs for 3G-SDI, are also being used for broadcasting PyeongChang sporting events.

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