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Argentina's TyC Sports, Telefe and Torneos y Competencias Using BlackMagic Design and SQUID to Broadcast the 2010 FIFA World Cup

June 22, 2010

Blackmagic Design, a provider of video editing products, color correctors, video converters, routers, waveform monitors and film restoration software, has stated that their DeckLink Studio capture and playback cards, in conjunction with XV-Tech SQUID broadcast workflow software, are currently being used by Argentinean broadcasters TyC Sports, Telefe and Torneos y Competencias to broadcast the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The company has claimed that the combination of the Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink products and XV-Tech’s SQUID solution have a long history of use in Argentina that includes TyC Sports’ recent broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. It is currently being used by more than 60 channels within Argentina. 
TyC Sports, Telefe and Torneos y Competencias have been using the joint product as part of a tapeless workflow to enable them to record and playback both SD and HD audio and video of the Football World Cup games. This end-to-end solution enables them to ingest feeds and integrate signals from all World Cup games for post-production and playback, and also allows future playback and editing.
A company release specified that all processed footage will be available through archiving systems once the games conclude on July 11, 2010. 
XV-Tech has asserted that their SQUID provides a complete system for the management of video clips for open air and cable stations. The system includes the SQUID LoopRecorders feature that allows broadcasters to constantly record feeds and manage them for immediate and future use, with media being recorded directly in LoopRecorders and then sent to editing and playout servers without interruption. With the LoopRecorders, DeckLink Studio is being used as the primary capture and playback device for both SD and HD signals. DeckLink Studio features SDI, HDMI and enhanced analog connections, plus a built in hardware down converter, and an incredible 4 channels of balanced analog audio. 
President of XV-Tech, Ariel Mindiuk noted that the Blackmagic has been a key partner to XV-Tech, and the combination of its products with XV have been used in many of the stations in Argentina and across South America. DeckLink Studio in particular has provided reliable and affordable capture and playback capabilities that allow their broadcast customers the freedom to work in any number of formats.   
Recently, Blackmagic Design's micro Videohub was released and Blackmagic Design announced UltraStudio Pro.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny