ARD, ZDF turn to Fairlight for Sochi audio

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have chosen Fairlight audio post production systems for their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Both broadcasters are offering viewers extensive coverage of the games in HD from the International Broadcast Centre and the Mountain Broadcast Centre, using ARD and ZDF’s mobile production unit.

The surround-sound audio post production for this event is based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core Media Engine technology. Fairlight’s European workflow integration specialists have tightly integrated the Fairlight audio editing systems into the high-turnaround HD video workflow based on content management solutions from Avid ISIS-Interplay and the EVS XT3 video servers.

This integration allows native playback of HD formats directly from Avid’s ISIS into the Fairlight system. It assures high speed workflow for audio editing without the need for format conversions, resulting in a direct path between more than 20 videoediting systems, audio editing and the broadcast transmission server — an ideal solution for time-critical reporting in sports broadcasting.

Fairlight Europe CEO Robert Trebus commented on the project, “We have worked with ARD and ZDF in the past, most notably during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Fairlight’s audio editing system performed well during this event and we are confident that Fairlight will once again help ARD and ZDF to deliver spectacular programming to their viewers.”

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