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October 09, 2009

HaiVision's MAKITO HD H.264 Encoders Help Venue Feeds at 2010 Winter Games

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

HaiVision Network Video, a provider of video networking technology and IPTV (News - Alert) solutions, has announced that Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium has selected its MAKITO video encoder for delivering high definition or ‘HD’ H.264 program return video feeds for the venues at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games that will be held Feb. 12-28, 2010 in Canada.
With the MAKITO encoders offered by HaiVision (News - Alert), the Consortium will get a compact, cost-effective, powerful solution for providing the highest quality HD video over IP between its broadcast and production teams throughout the Winter Games.
HaiVision Network Video’s MAKITO is compact encoder that offers image quality of full HD video with resolution of up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, and deploys the H.264 video compression for encoding the video. The encoder is available at a reasonable price, and features a very compact form factor, according to the company.
At the Olympic Winter Games 2010, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium will utilize a total of 30 MAKITO encoders at its international broadcasting center in Vancouver. The encoders will enable the center to supply video feeds to on-air talent at the ten venues of the games event.
According to Mike Kozlakowski, senior manager, Media Technology Systems, CTVglobemedia, a high-performance HD system that offers high-quality video with the lowest possible latency was one of consortium’s most important criteria in selecting a video encoding solution. He added that among all the vendors the consortium evaluated, only HaiVision could offer the low-latency HD H.264 encoders it required, and expressed hope that the MAKITO’s flexible architecture will allow the consortium’s broadcasting center to easily add additional channels as needed.
Peter Maag, senior vice president of HaiVision Network Video, said that the Consortium’s Winter Games coverage is a perfect example of the type of HD broadcast operation for which the MAKITO was designed. Maag noted that today’s broadcasters require affordable high-performance HD solutions that enable efficient low-latency distribution, capture, and rebroadcast of the highest-quality signals possible, especially for high-visibility sporting events such as the Winter Games. He added that HaiVision is pleased that it was able to provide a solution that will meet the Consortium’s needs.
In March, the hai1020 network video system and MAKO-HD H.264 codec from HaiVision Network Video were implemented in HyperMirror, an integrated solution that helps students and teachers to meet virtually, by bringing distance-learning participants into a single virtual room.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri