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AV at the Olympics

Mar 10, 2010 1:07 PM

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2010 Winter Olympics

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 12: Nikki Yanofsky performs as Royal Canadian Mounted Police salute the Canadian flag after raising it during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games featured athletes from more than 80 countries competing in 86 events in seven sports, with media representatives covering the event for a worldwide audience of billions. The world watched as Canada took home the largest number of golds and the United States took home the largest overall number of medals, but the AV industry did its part for the Winter Games to make sure each sport was broadcast clearly. The following products were deployed during the games:

Audio-Technica mics including AT4050 large diaphragm multipattern mics and BP4025 X/Y stereo field recording microphone for capturing surround sound; shotgun mics including BP4071L line and gradient condenser for outdoor and long-distance pickup in such sports as downhill skiing, figure skating, and half-pipe sports; AT898 subminiature lavalier microphones with individual body packs in curling; and custom A-T boundary mics for hockey.

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Bexel, a unit of theVitec Group’s Services Division, has been busy providing fiber-optic support for the games. With more than 8,000 terminations/fusion splices, 340 cables totaling about 48 miles, and 135 optical distribution frames (patch panels) located throughout most of the Olympic facilities, Bexel has had a crew of six people on location working full time since November. Bexel is also providing fiber-optic transmission equipment that will allow for a reliable camera signal to be sent from the camera positions on Whistler mountain to the production trucks located at the base of the mountain more than 3 miles away. Read more about Bexel at the Olympics>>

MultiDyne was chosen to supply its HD-1500 fiber-optic link to transmit signals from the announcer booths and red carpet during the opening ceremonies. CP Communications, the largest provider of wireless equipment to the sports broadcasting industry , also provided its clients with MultiDyne’s LiGHTBoX field fiber transport systems, which was used to transport audio and data bi-directionally as well as provide two-wire to four-wire communications for camera operators. Read more about MultiDyne at the Olympics>>

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