Axon Digital Design new 4K interfaces embraced by Telegenic

For over more than years Telegenic has embraced and developed new technology to provide their clients and audience with the most exciting television experience, first with HD then the world’s first purpose-built stereoscopic 3D OB unit. With the introduction of their latest Outside Broadcast vehicle built by Sony in Basingstoke, Telegenic are again pushing the boundaries by embracing 4K picture production.

Working with Sony to develop U-HD the new unit T25 was sent to Brazil in order to trial the process and associated technology for acquiring and delivering live 4K content.

As was the case with the introduction of 3D, Telegenic approached their long standing partner Axon Digital Design to develop new interfaces necessary for 4K production. The successful capture of 4K pictures requires up and down converters to complement Telegenic’s existing range of Axon interfaces. As soon as Axon received the specifications Axon developers set to work creating hardware and software for a quad HD converter. The timeline was short but Axon delivered in time for the initial tests. Feedback showed some tweaking was required and Axon quickly made the necessary changes that allowed Telegenic to successfully deploy, test the system and feedback the results to the development team. Although there is still some work needed before a full release is ready the hardware and software are done. It is situations like this that illustrate Axon’s dedication to innovation and place Axon firmly at the heart of broadcast.

The trials took place at the Estadio Mineiro in Belo Horizonte, one of six stadiums used for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The matches are not planned for screening to an external audience as the main focus of the trials was to test the process and associated technology required for shooting sport in U-HD, enabling Sony and FIFA in partnership with Telegenic to assess the practicality of bringing 4K broadcasts to future sporting events.


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