TV2GO Selects New FOR-A HD Frame Rate ConverterAugust 31, 2006
by -- FOR-A CanadaTV2GO Inc., an international satellite transmission and video production company, recently installed an FRC-7000 HD frame rate converter for standards conversion of European and North American programming. TV2GO’s teleport offers satellite and fiber connectivity between North America and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Recently, the company has served increasingly as a gateway between Europe and North America, providing European-generated sports programming to North America and vice versa.
The FRC-7000 was unveiled at the NAB 2006 convention this past April. The FRC-7000 uses motion compensation processing by motion vectors to convert field frequencies and enables conversion between different HD frame rates. It is ideal for converting the frame rate prior to transmitting at international sporting events. The FRC-7000 can convert frame rates between 1080/59.94i and 50i, and between 720/59.94p and 50p. Other formats will also be available soon, including 23.98sF.
TV2GO received the converter this June. Its official launch was with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup championships that same month. The game was converted to 1080I 50 for HD re-broadcast to Canal + in Sweden, marking the first North America to Europe HD transmission.
“For us, this frame rate converter provides the missing link for HD conversions going back and forth over the Atlantic,” said Lawrence Partington, TV2GO Inc. Partner. “Prior to this year, pure HD standards conversions between HD programming produced in Europe and North America was not possible. HD conversion between North America and Europe is crucial for live programming – even dramas created in HD looking for overseas distribution. FOR-A’s new FRC-7000 is the only HD standards converter to do exactly what we need at a price point that make sense for our company. I’m confident the FRC-7000 will be a huge boon to our bottom line. It is, by far, the best technology of its kind available today.”
TV2GO is currently producing recordings of live events with the FRC-7000 for American networks interested in re-broadcasting European HD sports programs.
The FRC-7000’s motion compensation processing technology uses motion vectors to reduce judder and video resolution deterioration in field frequency conversion. The frame rate converter has Scene Cut Detection that detects scene cuts automatically to ensure that the conversion is performed without generating a motion compensation image from unrelated cuts in the frames before and after.
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