Swiss Production Company Builds UHD/HDR Production Truck With Imagine Communications IP-Centric Tech

Swiss production company tpc recently used its new 4K UHD/HDR capable OB Van for a live broadcast of a Swiss National Hockey League game. Making extensive use of its on-board IP connectivity infrastructure, the mobile unit features a Selenio Network Processor from Imagine Communications.

The new mobile unit, called UHD1 HDR, is designed to deliver high-performance and multiformat capabilities across a broad range of productions in the IP domain and is the first step in tpc’s aggressive program to move to an all-SMPTE ST 2110 production and delivery infrastructure.

From its base in Switzerland, tpc, the technical service provider for national broadcaster SRF/SRG, covers a broad range of events, from football to Alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as theater, concerts and opera. When designing a new, large-scale truck, flexibility was critical, allowing it to switch from sports to arts, day to day. It also comes at a time when tpc’s broadcaster clients are expressing growing interest in acquiring in the highest quality, including 4K resolution and extended dynamic range and color gamut, to future-proof content and maintain its value for audiences.

Andreas Lattmann, CTO of tpc.

Andreas Lattmann, CTO of tpc.

“We are at the beginning of a journey to move all our operations to IP connectivity,” said Andreas Lattmann, CTO of tpc. “It is great to see our new UHD1 HDR truck on the road, giving us both outstanding production quality and valuable experience in developing and operating IP networks. Most important, it does all this while looking and feeling like the trucks that our crews have been operating for years. It gives us the same performance characteristics and operational look and feel as a traditional SDI system, but with all the benefits of IP connectivity and software flexibility — not least, complete format independence right up to uncompressed 4K HDR Ultra HD.”

Imagine Communications provided the IP-connected infrastructure using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) switches and hardware, which allowed uncompressed Ultra HD production when required. Central to this was the Selenio Network Processor, which provides high-density signal processing with complete freedom to select formats by signal or by production. It also delivers gateway conversion to external SDI signals. The new UHD1 HDR truck also relies on Imagine’s Magellan SDN Orchestrator to provide system-level control of the complete network, as well as the company’s Epic MV multiviewer for flexible monitoring.

The UHD1 HDR truck is fully booked throughout the winter months for such projects as World Cup winter sports and Euro League and Champions League football.

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