Broadcasters, and production facilities that have significant investments in large-scale SDI plants are going to face technical and budgetary challenges as they transition to newer IP-based topologies. The need to support current SDI workflows during the transition will be key to a successful conversion. One solution is to use an ‘island’ approach, which can lower the transition risk when moving to the world of uncompressed IP video, audio, data and timing.
Game Creek Video will use its three-unit Encore mobile production facility — interconnected by Evertz Microsystem’s large scale IP routing system — for FOX Sports domestic broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl game.
Manchester City Football Club has integrated Blackmagic Design infrastructure to handle all aspects of video production across its Academy Stadium, which is located at its elite training and youth development facility, the City Football Academy. As well as delivering big screen content during the club’s Under 21, Under 23 and Women’s Super League fixtures, the system, built around four Blackmagic Studio Cameras, ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K and Smart Videohub 40x40, is also the main production hub for streaming matches via Facebook Live.
The 10-port DCX1000, model is available with a small but equally powerful digital cross rail. The additional device provides a quick, safe and cost-effective switching of HD videos, audio and USB signals and transmits all video content without any compression or delay.
UK mobile production company, Arena Television adds to fleet with three UHD trucks based on an IP core. Proving that IP is here, the trucks feature some innovative engineering that provides a way forward from SDI. Retaining the familiar operation of current trucks, the new vehicles demonstrate the advantages of IP, especially when moving to UHD. This System Showcase look in detail at how Arena, Grass Valley, and systems integrator Videlio, designed and built these flexible, future-proof mobile production units.
Nashville’s 2016 Small Business of the Year winner deploys its two flagship video production trucks for a Red Carpet special, backstage interviews, and other A/V work for DirecTV, ABC Digital and the Country Music Association.