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Thursday, 16 August 2012 23:01

AJA Io XT Fuels Live Broadcast and Post for Action Sports Productions

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small_xxl1Based in Orange County, CA, Action Sports Productions (ASP) delivers live HD webcasts for the world's biggest events in surfing, skateboarding, motocross and much more. ASP has specialized in live broadcast and post production services for action sports, music and entertainment for over a decade.

After experiencing repeated failures and frustrations with his old workflow, ASP founder Jay Johnson began looking for an effective Mac-based broadcast solution.

ToolsOnAir was the answer to the problem. ToolsOnAir’s workflow provider offers efficient and low-cost Mac-based broadcast production suites. ToolsOnAir includes tools for video, audio, graphics, automation, and asset management. It also features AJA’s Io XT in its workflow packages to take advantage of Apple’s powerful Thunderbolt technology, this allows quick transfer of video between Macs and external devices.

ASP’s workflow setup includes 3 Mac Minis and two Io XTs. One Io XT passes video from the first Mac Mini running just:live, ToolsOnAir’s live production management tool, to the second Mac Mini, equipped with a recording device. A second Io XT takes data from that Mac Mini to a third, where ASP uses Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit.

“I work in very challenging environments, so to have stability in my workflow is key,” said Jay. I’m not in a studio, I’m out hanging from scaffolding 2 miles over the ocean. My mobile units still need to deliver the highest quality content. These surfing competitions are a major production along the lines of an NFL game with very high-end edits, multiple camera shoots, HD coverage and I need reliable tools. AJA’s Io XT is absolutely a key component to having a successful workflow.

ASP's most recent surfing project was broadcasting Nike's NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) Championships in Huntington Beach, CA.

"With the new workflow we were able to successfully produce multiple webcasts for the event, with absolutely no issues," said Jay. "The incredible throughput of Thunderbolt paired with these reliable tools is really the only way this could all be possible."

AJA’s Io XT is a compact, portable solution for video capture and playback, made lightning-fast by Thunderbolt technology. Its many features include 3G/Dual Link/HD/SD-SDI, component analog and HDMI connectivity, and uncompressed HD and SD 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capable video and audio connectivity.

For more details, about AJA’s Io XT visit: http://www.aja.com/en/products/io-xt/#/overview

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