|NBC Olympics has selected Snell & Wilcox Alchemist
Platinum Ph.C and Mach1 platforms for standard-definition, standards
conversion in its broadcasts of the Athens Olympic Games, taking place
13 - 29 August.
Snell & Wilcox is supplying NBC Olympics with 22 motion-compensated
converters, including six Alchemist Platinum Ph.C converters and16
Kudos Plus Mach1 M.Sc standards converters. The Alchemist Platinum
Ph.C units will reside at the Olympics' International Broadcast
Center (IBC) to convert outgoing signals and some incoming feeds
between 625 and 525 standard-definition formats as required.
The Mach1 converters will convert backup outgoing signals at the
IBC and will be housed in edit rooms and at various Olympic venues
for conversion of source material shot in 525, said an official
Senior vice president of engineering for NBC Olympics David Mazza
is quoted in media reports as saying, "We were very pleased
with the performance of Alchemist during NBC's coverage of the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Australia, so it was a natural choice for our
broadcasts from Athens."