Lyon Video, a video broadcasting and production company based in Columbus, Ohio, has purchased 10 FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processors with the high dynamic range (HDR) software option from the FOR-A Corporation of America. The first eight will be installed in Lyon-14, a 53-foot expando OB truck that is being used for a 13-game NCAA Division I college football package during the 2021 season.
While the FA-9600s will be used for sports this fall, the long-term plan is to have them in place for a variety of productions. Chad Snyder, president of Lyon Video, said the two additional units will be installed in Lyon-14 later this year. Lyon Video had some legacy equipment in the truck, but purchased the FA-9600s as a modern solution.
Lyon-14 includes a complement of 11 Grass Valley LDX 86N native 4K UHD cameras. Although Lyon Video will produce the football games in UHD, not all content from outside sources – such as graphics, POV cameras, and effects – is supplied in UHD. The FA-9600s will provide upconversion of the HD signals, which helps avoid a jarring difference in picture quality between elements for the viewer.
“The quality of the conversion is so important. When we looked at the options available to us, the FA-9600’s quality was superior to their competitors,” Snyder said. “Having these signal processors as part of our equipment package allows us to include these extra visual elements that viewers are accustomed to seeing. This gives it a consistent feel at the network level.”