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Ensemble Designs Scan Converter Used for 102 Feeds at Youth Olympics Singapore

5 August 2010, Singapore – The Youth Olympics Games will include over 5,000 athletes and team officials in Singapore from 10 to 28 August 2010. The site of the Youth Olympics Village is at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, NTU in Singapore. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) department, CELT in NTU has designed and installed the video and audio information and display system (VIDS) which will run in the Olympic Village as well as the residential zones. The display system includes 102 screens located throughout the Olympic Village.
 
The system layout and design was done in Singapore. “We started the actual planning of integrating both the AV and IT together around end April,” said Mr. Andrew Chua, Asst Mgr (Video Productions) at CELT. “There were plenty of unknowns and changing requirements and we are trying to predict what would the YOG committee really need.”
 
Most of the feeds are are SD SDI. The off site signals from the competition venues are modulated to RF for sending back to the Olympic Village. SDI offers the flexibility of running embedded audio which virtually eliminated cross patching in the system. The feeds are all fed to a media server and then distributed to destinations via IP, including the 102 monitors. The facility is manned by volunteers rather than a fully trained crew.
 
CELT had previously used video processing equipment from Ensemble Designs and was quite pleased. When the YOG project came up, CELT again turned to Techtel in Singapore, Ensemble’s local agent, for assistance with the video and audio conversion for the Olympic Village.
 
One of the YOG requirements was to easily integrate content created by youth during the games into the video feeds in the village. “There was a mention of acquiring content which was ‘produced’ by youth during the Olympics with their mobile devices and they would upload them onto popular video sharing sites,” said Mr. Chua.
 
CELT needed a reliable, high-quality method for getting computer video to SDI and chose BrightEye Mitto to do the job. “When we saw that the Ensemble Designs BrightEye Mitto could efficiently scan convert a selected region of the screen and output it into SD or HD SDI we were sold” said Mr. Chua. The main use is for content on the web to be converted to usable video signals rather than to have to deal with the tedious work of saving a file and then converting it, only to find things like aspect ratios and bit rates do not work out well. Mitto solved all of that. It lets us instantly ‘grab’ the video and convert it to a usable video source which is fed into the streaming server.”
 
The BrightEye Mitto scan converter upconverts or downconverts as needed, depending on the size of the region selected on the computer screen.  A mouse is used to select exactly which part of the computer screen is to be output to video. The 3G, HD or SD SDI output can be timed into the destination, such as a server, switcher or router.

“The ease of use really makes the Mitto scan converter a worthwhile investment, ” said Mr. Chua.

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