AXS TV Adds FS4 to Boost Capabilities of Broadcast Truck

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AJA has been a trusted technology partner to AXS TV and its predecessor, HDNET, since the inception of the television network. For 15 years, AJA's Ki Pro family of record/playback devices, as well as KONA video cards, FS frame synchronizers and Mini-Converters, have been used in heavy rotation across the network's various production trucks, vans and flight packs.

AXS TV provides a diverse slate of music programming, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions, delivering a mix of produced and live broadcasts. AJA's newest FS4 frame synchronizer was recently installed in the network's 40-foot concert truck.

"We needed to improve the embedding/de-embedding capabilities in our biggest truck," says Jeff Carman, senior technical producer, AXS TV. "Not only did FS4 flawlessly handle simple embed/de-embed, it added a host of new options into our workflow."

Carman continues, "AJA always has the right solution whenever we're in need. Every one of our production systems has Ki Pros, FS frame synchs and several Mini-Converters. On the rare occasions that we have issues, AJA support is always a phone call away."

Carman took advantage of FS4's support for MADI audio, piping 64 tracks around the truck for recording. By feeding MADI audio into the FS4, the system is able to pick off any of those tracks and assign them to any of the four SDI outputs, or simply feed audio and AES signals into any of the four SDI inputs.

"We were recently broadcasting from a concert and needed to send the live switch to multiple destinations with different audio," Carman explains. "With FS4, we accomplished all of that from one box."

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