Burbank, CA (February 27, 2006)–U.S. video rental company, Bexel, provided varied equipment rentals, technical expertise and engineering support to several major U.S. and foreign broadcasters at the XX Olympics Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
The majority of the equipment was used by the International Broadcast Center (IBC), although some gear was deployed on or adjacent to mobile trucks spread out at different locations. The IBC provided feed to the world from every Olympic venue. “Nearly 90 percent of the Olympic content has been broadcast in HD–the most HD Olympics yet,” according to Craig Schiller, director of broadcast services for Bexel.
Schiller added that the equipment supplied included everything from fiber optic transmission equipment and DVS products such as digital disk recorders to telestrators, shotgun mics, audio mixers and edit support equipment for high edit rooms/edit controllers.
Most of Bexel’s equipment was flown-in over a 60-day period prior to the games. A few Bexel engineers remained on-site following the games to provide technical support for Bexel customers and to facilitate the return of equipment and gear.
Bexel-supplied audio equipment included three Graham Patten/Klotz DESAM 8000 and four DESAM 800 digital audio mixers for NBC Olympics’ edit bays, Sound Devices 302 and 442 ENG mixers, Sennheiser MKH 60 p48 shotgun and MKH 30 p48 figure of eight microphones for ENG M-S stereo use, and an ATI Paragon II audio console that was supplied to Applied Electronics, a Canadian integrator that supplied the infrastructure for the Swedish broadcaster consortium pool feed.
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