Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System Covers Rugby World Cup for TF1
French broadcaster TF1 has deployed two Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay Systems to enable rugby fans to watch live HD replays of the key kicks, conversions, tackles, and tries from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the largest event in France’s 2011 sporting calendar, with more than 10 million viewers expected to tune in.
The powerful, yet cost-effective, K2 Dyno Replay System consists of a K2 Dyno Replay Controller combined with either a K2 Summit production client or K2 Solo media server. The TF1 systems use both a K2 Summit and K2 Solo connected with an external HDD for replay, slow-motion, loop record, play-list, and storage.
“The Grass Valley solution is cutting edge technology that offers a number of advantages over other systems,” says Jean-Pascal Lefort, TF1’s Head of Studio Department. “The K2 Dyno Replay System is so intuitive to use, with playlists, thumbnails, and the ease of switching from two programs to program/preview, meaning our operators need little training. It is performing very well and standing up to the rigors of the World Cup, having to create live replays for up to three games back-to-back. We also plan to use it for some of our Formula 1 coverage.”
The K2 Dyno Replay System is ideal for the Rugby World Cup as it enables sports producers and other professionals to capture live events in crystal-clear HD and instantly play them out at variable speeds for critical analysis during fast-paced events.
The K2 Dyno Replay System utilizes Gigabit Ethernet networking, common file wrappers, continuous FTP bandwidth, and standard IT storage connectivity, removing the need for costly software and hardware add-ons to manage and move content throughout production environments. The K2 Dyno Replay Controller enables live editing, including the ability to specify playback speed changes for any clip.
“We have created the K2 Dyno to be fast, reliable, and easy to use so that broadcasters can capture the perfect live replay,” says Jeff Rosica, executive vice president at Grass Valley. “TF1 is benefiting from version 2.0 of the K2 software and Grass Valley will continue to respond to feedback from customers to ensure that K2 Dyno remains the premier replay system.”
The 2011 Rugby World Cup began on Sept. 9, and runs through Oct. 23.