Eyeheight Linear chosen for OB coverage of Wimbledon 2016


Eyeheight DK-2 multi-rate linear downstream keyers operated live at the 2016 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Chosen by one of Britain’s largest outside broadcast service providers, three DK-2 linear keyers formed 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 to 2015 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships,” says Eyeheight sales director Martin Moore. “It was used this year to add contestant identifier overlays which were faded in and out over the live action with a Eyeheight VP-10 video T-bar module. These were 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 programme 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.

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.

For more information visit the Eyeheight website.


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