World Cup 2018

FOR-A Provides 4K, HD Coverage of 2018 International Soccer Tournament

With almost half the world’s population tuning in to the 2018 world football event, high-resolution and reliable, live video of the games was critical to broadcasters throughout the globe. Some of the worlds’ premier public broadcasters trusted FOR-A to deliver pristine imagery in a multitude of formats to fervent fans watching the quadrennial event.

Broadcasters in Japan, Korea, and the European continent deployed FOR-A technology to ensure audiences all over the globe received glitch-free views of the entire contest.

Four FOR-A FRC-8000 multi-format frame rate converters and one FOR-A MFR-8000 4K/8K routing switcher were used by European broadcasters to supply properly formatted, live coverage.

A premier Japanese broadcaster went with six FRC-9000 4K/HD frame rate converters for HD and SD signal conversion for error-free live broadcasts of the month-long contest from Russian to its viewership in Japan.

A broadcaster in Korea selected a total of 18 FRC-9000 frame rate converters for its coverage, with two of the converters being used within a 4K production system, and the remaining providing conversions within an HD system.

“This is the ultimate test for our frame rate conversion technology,” says Mr. Takaaki Imoto, Senior General Manager of FOR-A Overseas Sales & Marketing Division. “The world football event is one of the most prestigious sporting events covered by broadcasters all over the world. There are many conversions that must be done live to get the properly formatted signals to their destination. It’s a complex task that FOR-A makes look easy for our customers. We congratulate these broadcasters for their spectacular world football event coverage.”

The FRC-9000 4K/HD frame rate converter supports 3G, HD, and SD. It provides SD to 3G/HD up conversion; interlace to progressive conversion; conversion with motion compensated processing; optional 4K (UHD, SQD/2SI) support; and simultaneous conversion of two-channel video inputs.

The FRC-8000 multiformat frame rate converter includes motion compensation technology, and HD and SD format conversion. Up converter, down converter, and cross converter functions are also provided for converting to various formats. It features HD-SDI and SD-SDI input and output and input and frame rate conversion for conversion to a wide range of SDI formats, such as: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60, and 625/50. Up, down, and cross conversion is standard on the FRC-8000, as is up conversion from SD to HD, down conversion from HD to SD, and cross conversion from 1080i to 720p.

MFR-8000 4K/8K routing switcher features an expanded matrix of up to 256 inputs/256 outputs in a 16U frame. It has a 12G-SDI I/O and gearbox support. It supports 3G-SDI(Level A/B), HD-SDI, SD-SDI and ASI signal input/output with automatic signal type detection.

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