Space-saving media distribution and processing solution helps create a safe, socially remote workspace for live production
Riedel Communications today announced that Studio Berlin, a German provider of live television production solutions, has deployed the company’s MediorNet MicroN UHD media processing and distribution solution in its new Ü10 UHD/HDR OB van. Featuring a unique two-vehicle design that allows production crews to maintain social distancing, the Ü10 is equipped with 38 Riedel MicroN UHD modules for decentralized signal routing.
MicroN UHD is the latest generation of Riedel’s award-winning MediorNet MicroN family of high-density modular signal interfaces, bringing more bandwidth, more I/O, higher resolutions and more processing power to the platform. – MediorNet form. In Studio Berlin’s Ü10, eight MicroN UHD modules are used as stageboxes, while several others have been configured as multiviewers using the MicroN UHD MultiViewer app.
To provide the production teams with a safe and expansive working environment in the OB van control room, Studio Berlin installed ten full racks of equipment in a separate trailer, with a fiber optic link connecting the two. To save additional space, Riedel’s flexible MediorNet MicroN UHD system is split between the two vehicles. Thus, the Ü10 can accommodate up to 26 workstations — and 24 UHD cameras — while maintaining maximum distance between them.
“For the unique design of the Ü10 – where space is limited to meet social distancing requirements – a decentralized router was essential,” said Matthias Alexandru, Technical Director of Studio Berlin. “While centralized solutions feature large fixed designs with intensive cooling requirements, the distributed architecture of Riedel’s MediorNet MicroN UHD allows us to start small and scale the system with additional modules as needed. In addition, it allows production teams to collect and distribute all stage box signals directly from where they originate. With centralized solutions, this process requires additional hardware that adds weight, reduces flexibility, and increases costs.
“Live production teams are facing unprecedented challenges in the age of COVID-19, and Studio Berlin has met them head-on with an unprecedented solution,” said Tobias Claus, Senior Account Manager Broadcast at Riedel. “The company’s Ü10 provides production teams with a safe, socially distanced work environment without impeding their workflow. We couldn’t be prouder that our MediorNet MicroN UHD works behind the scenes to provide decentralized signal routing.
Studio Berlin’s Ü10 made its debut at the German Television Awards in Cologne and will primarily be used for live coverage of the German Football League (Bundesliga) and other major sporting and entertainment events.
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