Russia’s Channel 5 Upgrades Core Infrastructure With Imagine Communications IP-Ready Router

Channel 5, in St. Petersburg, Russia, has updated its master control and playout operations with a new IP-based router from Imagine Communications.

According to the technical team there, the Imagine Communications Platinum IP3’s internal architecture reduces the need for multiple external conversion devices, simplifies cabling and uses less power. When the time comes, it can be expanded to encompass IP switching alongside SDI and digital audio, providing long-term security.

The fundamental design of the Platinum IP3 router allows users to configure complex signal management, processing and monitoring processes in the same device, so a single command can fire multiple actions without the need to set each parameter. This makes for very secure operations, even in complex workflows.

The popular Russian channel was already using an Imagine Platinum HD-SDI router, but increasing operational demands resulted in the need for more inputs and outputs. Sergei Volhin, technical director of Channel 5, said that the Platinum IP3 has reduced cost and complexity, giving his team the capability to quickly set up workflows and expand the I/O matrix as needed.

The Imagine 28RU Platinum IP3 router is scalable and provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fiber-optic interfaces.

The Imagine 28RU Platinum IP3 router is scalable and provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fiber-optic interfaces.

"We knew that the newest models of Platinum router, like the IP3, can host a huge amount of functionality within the frame, making system architecture much more logical,” said Sergei Volhin, technical director of Channel 5. “It meant we could do away with a lot of other equipment, making the installation neater and easier to understand.”

The new 28RU Platinum IP3 router is scalable, and in its initial implementation, it provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fiber-optic interfaces. The router, which was configured and installed by MediaProject, Imagine’s local channel partner, this summer—also supports 64 TDM audio slots, each carrying up to 128 audio channels.

In addition to resilient switching, the Platinum IP3 also offers video and audio processing that in other systems would require large numbers of third-party devices—each consuming power, cooling and rack space.

At Channel 5, all the multiviewer displays in the playout and master control area are driven by router-integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards, enabling a real saving in outboard processors and ensuring faster and more secure operation. The router also integrates audio embedding and de-embedding with full level control and channel shuffling and video processing.

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