Eyeheight Color Correctors, Keyer At Wimbledon
Eyeheight CC-2M color correctors and a DK-2 multi-rate linear downstream keyer will be operating live at the 2015 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. This year’s event starts on June 29 and goes through to the finals on July 11 and 12.
Chosen by one of Britain’s largest outside broadcast service providers, the CC-2M color correctors and DK-2 keyer will be a central part of the infrastructure used to relay the content to television viewers around the globe.
“The DK-2 performed successfully at the 2013 and 2014 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships,” says Eyeheight Sales Director Martin Moore. “It will be used this year to add contestant identifier overlays which are faded in and out over the live action with a Eyeheight VP-10 video T-bar module. The keyer will be accompanied this year by six CC-2M colour correction channels housed in an ultra-compact 1U chassis. These will be deployed to ensure consistent quality from multiple feeds arriving in the OB control vehicle.”
Compatible with all commonly used 625/525-line standard-definition, 720p intermediate-definition and 1080i high definition formats, the DK-2 incorporates background, fill and key inputs, wipe, matte and garbage-matte generation, independent main and preview keyers plus EDH reinsertion for the main output. It is fully transparent to SDI-embedded audio and other ancillary data. Mechanical relay bypass is available as an option. Features include 10-bit linear keying, manual or automatic transitions, a user-selectable choice of additive, multiplicative and self-key modes, and AES digital audio voiceover.
Eyeheight’s DK-2 is equipped with inputs for slave fill sync, slave key sync and master input line sync plus independent program and preview outputs. An RJ45 port allows connection of three GPI channels and tally as well as RS232-based on-board protocol control. It can be fully operated via Ethernet from anywhere in the world.
Designed for use in live television content creation, the Eyeheight CC-2M colour corrector allows a production team to ensure consistent color matching when switching between multiple camera sources or making significant changes to camera angle. Operation is via a logical menu system which can be accessed quickly and easily from the front panel or remotely.
The CC-2M color corrector allows independent real-time adjustment of red, green and blue component levels, master gain, lift, gamma and hue. A preview output provides a configurable split screen showing processed and unprocessed picture. Up to six plug-in modular color correction cards can be accommodated in a 1 U intelligent chassis with easy channel switching. Up to eight panels can be networked. The CC-2M system also includes a maintenance mode to assist installation.
Held at the All England Club in southwest London since 1877, Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and the only event of its kind still played on grass. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July. Five major events are contested each year, as well as four junior events and four invitational events.