The prestigious multi-sport event in Hangzhou, also known as the 19th Asian Games, featured thousands of hopeful athletes taking part in a diverse range of sporting challenges. Many of the city’s venues including gymnasiums, sports centres and stadiums were transformed to host the games. Not only were the venues the focal point for the competitions, but behind the scenes they accommodated technical operation centres and outside broadcasting (OB) vans home to production teams and technical operatives tasked with providing live coverage of the games to the rest of the world.
Atomos monitors play key role in Hangzhou Asian Games
Multiple Atomos Shogun Studio 2 and Sumo 19SE units were used to broadcast and monitor test signals across a range of venues at the 2023 Asian Games in China.
Shogun and Sumo streamline workflow
Before crews could televise the athletes in action, venues able to offer 4K or high-definition television broadcasts of the games required test signals to be monitored at each of their technical operation centres.
More than 70 Shogun Studio 2 units and 70 Sumo 19SE were allocated to twelve OB vans and 36 venues across the city, allowing production teams to ensure the signals and systems in place were fully operational. Featuring high-definition touchscreen displays, the Atomos products provided monitoring and playback options at the touch of a button, streamlining their workflow without the need for any additional monitoring equipment.
The Studio 2 enabled teams to playback broadcast test signals sent through fibreoptic studio transmission link via codec compression, which were then transmitted to control rooms at the International Broadcast Centre for review. The larger Sumo monitor converted SDI video signals and gave them a clear overview of the data on its impressive 19-inch, 1200 nit screen. When signal tests were completed, the Sumo came into its own, providing the team with a high-quality feed of the venue’s set-up.
The Shogun Studio and Sumo proved to be essential tools in the broadcasting workflow; forming part of a wide-scale operation involving crews and a host of equipment that enabled millions of people worldwide to enjoy the excitement of the games.