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NBC Olympics Leverage Cinnafilm’s Tachyon

Published: March 13th 2014

NBC Olympics, a division of NBC Sports Group, utilized Cinnafilm Tachyon for Telestream Vantage to standards convert pre-captured media during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“We were excited to continue working with Telestream and used their next-generation Vantage® hardware and software toolset for advanced workflow orchestration,” said Darryl Jefferson, Vice President Digital Workflow, NBC Olympics. “We used Vantage file-based standards conversion, transcoding, audio re-mapping and down-mixing, closed captioning extraction, and more. The GPU-accelerated Lightspeed Server ensured that processes kept up with the rigorous live environment, and the workflow profiles allowed us the flexibility to configure process intelligence with each step.”

The Olympics at Sochi represented the first time NBC Olympics has utilized non-baseband hardware devices for standards conversion.  “We are honored to be a part of NBC’s Sochi Olypics coverage” said Lance Maurer, CEO of Cinnafilm.  “Our partnership with Telestream has enabled Tachyon to be deployed in extremely demanding and prestigious workflows, and the Olympics are arguably one of the most critical sporting events covered by broadcast television.”

“Motion-compensation standards conversion is crucial for sports but had not been previously feasible in file-based conversions” added Jefferson.  “Integration between Vantage and Cinnafilm® Tachyon enabled NBC to perform high-quality standards conversion from 50i to 60i in the compressed domain without decompressing the content back to baseband video, a significant time savings.”

Tachyon is available as a plug-in for major transcoding platforms like Telestream Vantage.  Please see www.cinnafilm.com for more information.