Bexel Hits the Court with 3ality Digital

Live, Outdoor 3D Showcase Offers Broadcast Professionals a Courtside Seat in the Director’s Chair

Just past the exhibits and educational sessions, Bexel, in conjunction with 3ality Digital and NAB, will host an outdoor, 3D half-court basketball showcase—offering attendees a first-of-its-kind 3D demonstration at this year’s 2011 NAB Show (OE1275). In addition to providing a full engineering crew, Bexel (Booth C6833), a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will be onsite with its state-of-the-art Hercules HD Flypack and Eagle Announcer System.

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Featuring six 3ality Digital acquisition systems, the Hercules HD Flypack and the Eagle Announcer System, the basketball court, located between Central and South Hall, will replicate a professional sports broadcast set-up. Each day during exhibit hours, special appearances and events will take place on the court in an effort to offer broadcasters, producers and other show attendees a close look at the tools and technology needed for 3D production.

“Each year 3D is a major topic of discussion at NAB and this year is no different,” says Craig Schiller, vice president and general manager of Bexel. “We look forward to showing clients and prospective clients alike just how far this evolving technology has come. Thanks to partnerships with technology leaders like 3ality Digital, we are able to create systems that provide efficient solutions for clients using the newest premium gear and technology.”

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Designed as a solution for remote and space-constrained venues, the Hercules Flypack is scalable and can be customized to suit client needs. The Hercules Flypack includes a Sony 8000G 80-input, fully optioned switcher; a Calrec Artemis mixing console; 96-input LCD production monitor wall utilizing Evertz MVP multi-image display processors; Pesa Cheetah Multi-format video router and DRS audio router; multiple EVS LSM XT[2] six-channel HD DDRs; and Sony SRW-5800 HDCam SR VTRs. Flexible and rugged, Hercules has made previous appearances at the Olympics, Oscars, US Open Tennis, PGA Tour and Champions Skins Golf Tournament, and is capable of being shipped anywhere in the world.

As part of the exhibit, Bexel’s new Eagle Announcer System will make its NAB debut. Created to meet the needs of the sports broadcasters and commentators, the Eagle System helps reduce space requirements while attaining superior on-air audio performance. While other integrated announcer products contain the circuitry and processing hardware in the desktop unit directly in front of the announcer, the Eagle Announcer System maximizes performance in both physical format and audio performance by splitting the functionality into three compact parts.

Please visit booth C6833 during the show

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Bexel Takes Home STAR Award for Hercules Flypack for 3D Production

At NAB 2011, Bexel earned a 2011 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from TV Technology magazine. Bexel was honored for Hercules Flypack for 3D Production—a scalable and customizable production solution for remote and space-constrained venues.

TV Technology’s STAR Award is designed to honor and showcase the outstanding technological innovations available to the broadcast industry.

“The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” says Tom Butts, TV Technology Editor. “Our panel of judges walk the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut—they demonstrate their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The Hercules Flypack for 3D Production was featured at NAB’s outdoor 3D basketball area alongside 3ality Digital acquisition systems to offer show attendees a closer look at the tools and technology needed for 3D production. It included a Sony 8000G 80-input, fully optioned switcher; a Calrec Artemis mixing console; 96-input LCD production monitor wall utilizing Evertz MVP multi-image display processors; Pesa Cheetah Multi-format video router and DRS audio router; multiple EVS LSM XT[2] six-channel HD DDRs and Sony SRW-5800 HDCam SR VTRs. Hercules was specifically equipped for 3D after making previous appearances for HD coverage at the Olympics, Oscars, U.S. Open Tennis, PGA Tour and Champions Skins Golf Tournament and is capable of being shipped anywhere in the world.

“We are so honored to have won this prestigious award from TV Technology for our Hercules Flypack,” says Craig Schiller, VP/GM of Bexel. “Having outfitted the Hercules Flypack for 3D Production at NAB specifically, we’re ecstatic to know that not only our customers, but also leaders in our industry, took note as to how impressive this customizable production system truly is. Our engineering team is extremely talented and their flexible design of the system allows Hercules to scale up or down and allow for both 2D and 3D workflows.”

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