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Eyeheight legaliser secures the field in French Open Tennis

Eyeheight's video legalising technology will be deployed in Paris for the annual French Open tennis tournament.

Eyeheight’s video legalising technology will be deployed in Paris for the annual French Open tennis tournament. Held at Stade Roland Garros stadium, the event is the world’s premier clay court tennis championship. This year’s contest will be transmitted to audiences worldwide from Sunday 24 May through to the finals on Sunday 7 June.

“Summer sports can be quite challenging for outside broadcast camera crews, given the wide variation in light levels and the ever-present potential for bright reflections bouncing in from the public enclosure,” commented Eyeheight sales director Martin Moore. “The LE-2M chosen for this event will ensure that video content captured throughout the series conforms fully to internationally agreed signal levels.”

In addition to their use in permanent studio installations, Eyeheight compliance products have been deployed for sports-related productions including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the 2014 Brazil world football championship, the Grand National, the London Marathon and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

The Eyeheight LE-2M auto-detects incoming SDI or HD-SDI video at 1080i/50/59.94, 720p/50/59.84, 625/50 or 525/59.94 and applies the appropriate legalising format. It then ensures that incoming signal video is held within user-selected colour-space parameters: RGB; YUV; composite (PAL or NTSC); or RGB-and-composite combined. Legalisation can be performed to conform with EBU-R 2003 standard SDI settings and 7.5 IRE or 0 IRE Pedestal. Six user memories and common presets are provided.

Additional features of the LE-2M legaliser include Eyeheight’s clobberRing automatic luma overshoot and undershoot suppression together with luma and chroma gain, black level adjustment, hue rotation, adjustable clipping levels and soft-clipping-knee levels. An ‘out-of-gamut’ indication feed displays overshoot or undershoot severity and shows the user where on the picture any signal correction is being performed.

Up to six LE-2M or LE-2MK legalisers can be housed in a 1U Eyeheight FB-9E smart chassis with an integral web server and optional FP-9 front control panel.