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Bel Monitors 2014 Australian Open Tennis


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The 2014 Australian Open tennis championship which started this week is having all live HD feeds monitored by over 50 Bel Digital Audio 3G HD audio monitors/de-embedders. Gearhouse Broadcast purchased 52 of the BM-A1-2SHD units for use in the International Broadcast Centre it has built for the event and the associated facilities.

Gearhouse Broadcast is in the third year of its contract to provide the technical facilities for the event and is supplying all feeds for the host broadcaster and ESPN as well as the World feed. Gearhouse came to Bel Digital Audio to supply their audio monitoring needs for each of the feeds from all seven courts with the order totalling 52 units.

The BM-A1-2SHD is a 1U high quality 2 channel audio monitor that de-embeds and permits the monitoring of the audio content of 3G, HD and SD SDI bitstreams but crucially maintains the simplest of control surfaces on the front panel. The unit was particularly suited to Gearhouse’s requirements for this project because of its compact 1U size.

The BM-A1-2SHD accepts 2 x SDI sources and automatically detects between 3G, HD and SD SDI bitstreams, extracting the audio content appropriately. This automatic operation results in a very simple setup procedure and a very uncluttered and self explanatory front panel.

All available functions are accessible directly from the front panel via rotary controls, making operation extremely simple. A single 8-position rotary control enables the operator to monitor any channel pair from the selected SDI source.

Two buffered loop-through outputs are provided for the SDI inputs.

The BM-A1-2SHD is suited to operation within Master Control Rooms, Outside Broadcast Vehicles, or indeed anywhere where audio monitoring of SD, HD and 3G SDI sources is required, especially when within a space conscious environment.

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year and also sees the return of Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray to his first major tennis tournament after a shoulder operation that forced a lay-off of several months