Bexel heads into 4k with Evertz9 May 2013
Bexel, part of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, has purchased two Dreamcatcher systems from Evertz to serve as a cornerstone for the company’s new 4k services aimed at major sporting events or live production broadcast.
Dreamcatcher represents the next generation in slow-motion replay technology and offers real-world 4K benefits. The product provides enhanced storytelling capabilities by allowing a production team to capture an event from all angles, without ever missing a moment of action. When 4k cameras are used, Dreamcatcher’s zoom capability lets broadcasters zero in on the action and extract an HD image from a larger 4k frame. This high resolution zoom ability allows broadcasters to enhance the narrative and definitive coverage of close calls at sporting events.
When used in conjunction with Evertz’ patent-pending tracking feature, the 4k zoom functionality enables a totally unique replay experience. Dreamcatcher’s proprietary Mosaic function synchronizes multiple angles that can be played out with the press of a single button, allowing a captured event to be shown from brand new perspectives.
Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel, comments: “Bexel is a leader in building server systems for a myriad of sporting events, and the addition of Dreamcatcher is a natural expansion of our offerings – and it’s ready for 4k now. Dreamcatcher will be available to our customers as part of a customised solution that will deliver an elegant, streamlined 4k package that can be integrated into a sports production easily, and play a key role in providing 4k replay for live events. Dreamcatcher is a great storytelling tool that employs state-of-the-art technology to allow broadcasters to use 4k to its fullest extent on an HD production.”
Evertz’ Joe Cirincione, VP Sales–U.S. Sports and Entertainment, who has been on over a dozen shoots including the Super Bowl and Daytona 500, said: “Dreamcatcher allows an audience to experience an event like never before, and we know that it will make a perfect addition to Bexel’s offerings. We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Bexel, and we are very pleased they have chosen Dreamcatcher.”
“We engage many Evertz products in our systems and solutions,” concluded Dickinson. “This is a logical expansion for Bexel and the Dreamcatcher’s features augment the sports experience in exciting new ways, and for live content replay and multiscreen output for award shows as well as other live events. We’re thrilled to add this to our fleet of solutions.”