Teranex’s 3D Applications Used by Tennis Channel
Tennis Channel faced a number of challenges as it focused on becoming the first U.S. television network to produce the French Open in 3D. Chief among these, from a production standpoint, was taking the French Tennis Federation’s European 3D at 50Hz; adding graphics and English commentary; mixing in 2D archives for both the live program and its 3D promos; and sending everything to American distributors in their preferred 60Hz format – all in real time.
The network relied on Teranex’s VC100 system to cover this checklist and, in doing so, became the first American broadcaster to use Teranex’s 3D technology for an international event.
“Teranex’s VC100 system makes it possible for Tennis Channel to be the first network to offer the French Open in 3D,” said Larry Meyers, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Production, Tennis Channel. “The 3D applications running on Teranex’s Dual channel VC100 will convert the European 3D signals originating from Paris, and send them to Tennis Channel’s American audience in 3D at 1080i59.94Hz. Their support enables us to bring this tournament to tennis fans in a format that they’ve never been able to experience.”
“As world coverage of “live” 3D sporting events grows, so does the need for 3D frame-synchronizing and standards conversion. Our 3D applications provide a viable means of converting 3D frame rates and resolutions from around the globe. Teranex was intrinsically involved in the SD to HD transition, and we believe our 3D technology will do the same for 3D events” said Mike Poirier, Teranex General Manager.
The 3D applications are available for dual channel VC100s, enabling 3D capabilities while keeping all of the virtues of VC100’s frame synchronizing and conversion of more than 250 formats and frame rates. The 3D applications will be on display at the 3D & Beyond SVG Summit in New Your city on May 25th.
Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.
Teranex’s award-winning products provide format and frame rate conversion, video noise reduction, film restoration and pre/post compression conditioning. Teranex SIMD array processing technology delivers real-time processing with re-programmable products providing a future-proof solution for the broadcast industry’s changing needs. Teranex defines excellence in video conversion, and is now poised to lead the broadcasting transition from 2D to 3D. Teranex is headquartered in Orlando, FL, and part of the Jupiter Systems family of companies.