Miami Dolpins Tap AJA IoHD to Deliver Broadcast of UK Game to Local Fans

AJA Video,
a manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions,
delivered an Io HD to the Miami Dolphins to facilitate a remote HD editing
solution during the team’s recent visit to play the New York Giants at Wembley
Stadium in


AJA’s Io HD, provides 10-bit quality video over Firewire for Apple’s Final Cut
Studio, and natively supports Apple’s New ProRes 422 format, enabling HD
editing on MacBook Pro and Mac Pro computers.

Brendan Nieto, Senior Manager of Production and Programming for the Miami
Dolphins credits the Io HD with enabling the team’s Miami-based fans to view
the London game and events. “The best thing about the Io HD is that I got
it, plugged it in and it worked—it’s really as simple as that. We would
not have attempted to do this sort of live, quick turnaround HD production
before the Io HD. The Varicam, a laptop and an Io HD are all you need to
get the high quality results that previously demanded much larger, more
cumbersome and more expensive solutions.”

Nieto heads up the production of all of the Miami Dolphins’ HD material for the
stadium video boards, the team website and a local broadcast network. The

London game was particularly exciting for the
team as it was the first in-season game ever played outside of the

United States.
Nieto needed a mobile HD editing system to take along on the trip. He
wanted to get HD video into an Apple MacBook Pro laptop from various
professional cameras including the Panasonic P2 enabled cameras and the Panasonic
Varicam at the event. Nieto took HD SDI video straight out of the Varicam
and into Io HD, recording it right onto the laptop’s hard drive using the Io
HD’s hardware-based Apple ProRes 422 encoding capability.

“With this setup we were able to edit material on the fly, and send MPEG 4
video onto our server so that local fans could watch our features at a viewing
party on the High Definition Daktronic Video boards at Dolphin Stadium in

Miami,” Nieto explained.

The Miami Dolphins are a longtime AJA customer, with several KONA LHe cards in
their studio, based out of the team’s training camp facility. “AJA is a
great company to work with and are one of the better vendors out there when it
comes to video—their products work well, they do what they’re supposed to do
and the company support is unsurpassed,” Nieto concluded.

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