System 5-B to Engineer Hi-Def Hula Bowl Transmission
ESPN's All-Star Event Was the First College Game Broadcast from Hawaii in HD and 5.1 Surround Sound
Palo Alto, CA – January 23, 2007
Avid supplied Gearhouse Broadcast — a global provider of broadcast equipment solutions — a new System 5-B digital audio mixing console to manage the live, high-definition, surround sound broadcast of the 2007 Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl in Honolulu. The 61st Hula Bowl is football's premiere event for college players to showcase their talent and perform in front of professional football scouts from the National Football League.
ESPN's broadcast was the first college game broadcast in HD from Hawaii. Until this year, the Aloha Bowl, Hula Bowl and even the NFL's Pro Bowl have been relegated to 480i standard-definition resolution — primarily because of the prohibitive cost to ship HD broadcast equipment to the islands. This year, Gearhouse provided engineering, technical facilities and logistics support for the January 14 primetime game. Gearhouse employed a System 5-B with 24 channel strips with 106 channels of processing. The high performance digital audio mixing system comprised a control surface, digital processing core, digital and analog interfaces and a system management software application called eMix.
The Avid system included updated control surface modules that feature higher resolution screens and new touch-sensitive knobs. The console included three 8-fader CM408T modules, one CM401T master module and one CM402T sub-master module. These modules also include faster processors and more on-board memory.
The System 5-B is the most advanced digital broadcast mixing system available. In addition to the new surface modules, the system includes a new DSP SuperCore with 100% failover option and capable of supporting more than 1,000 full features channels. New modular inputs and outputs also include SDI connectivity.