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WORLD NEWS Serving an ace at the French Open T he French Open tennis tournament ran from May 21 to June 9 this year, as ever, in Paris. The Tournoi de Roland Garros, as it is officially known, is one of the four Grand Slam events in the tennis calendar and was first held in 1891. The capture and distribution of sound and images from the event, which attracted massive attention worldwide, with live coverage in over 150 countries, was the responsibility of the French broadcasting giant France Televisions. To underpin the logistics of its coverage, France Televisions relied on an intercom system from RTS. At the heart of the system was a full-sized Advanced Digital Audio Matrix (ADAM) with a modular 248 x 248 configuration. Both digital and analogue interfaces were used by chief technician Lionel Dubois and his team to assure communications throughout the tournament between the camera crews, outside broadcast vehicles and the central switching room. Through its integration of eight keypanels and the routing of over 60 four-wire connections, the ADAM matrix provided a conduit for exchanges between technicians in and around the stadium as well as between commentators and their respective mobile control rooms. www.rtsintercoms.com Increased functionality of PIX 260i A t IBC2013, Sound Devices introduced the newest functionality for the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder. PIX 260i seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments and its latest firmware, version 1.03, brings increased functionality to the end-user. The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications. www.sounddevices.com First products for professional broadcast and AV applications M arshall Electronics has announced that its newly formed Wireless Division is developing a number of solutions for professional broadcast, audio, and video applications. Marshall Electronics’ new Wireless HDMI transmitter/ receiver system brings together its industry-leading audio with its new cutting-edge video technology for remote DSLR monitoring and audio-visual solutions. The systems range of 300ft. improves the limited HDMI cable distance up to 10 times. The 300ft range does not require a direct line of sight. The Wireless Monitor System is available with the V-LCD70MDW 7 camera-top field monitor or V-LCD90MDW 9 camera-top field monitor. With each monitor, the user has the choice of two wireless receiver battery mounting plates: the V-ABR when using Anton-Bauer batteries or the V-VMR when using the IDX style V-Mount batteries. www.cache-media.com and www.lcdracks.com 22 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 82 OCTOBER 2013