BELGIUM: The signal transport solution has been specified by Belgian broadcast company VideoHouse for two HD OB vehicles, writes David Davies. Riedel Communications has delivered two comprehensive MediorNet systems for installation into a pair of VideoHouse HD OB trucks - one featuring 20 cameras, the other 16.
A total of eight MediorNet frames are being installed in the two HD trucks, enabling them to work with audio, video, intercom and data streams both separately and together. The frames will route and distribute any input to any output or multiple outputs, while the routing and distribution in both trucks will be overseen by a VSM control system.
Riedel says that the ability to change the configuration of the entire MediorNet network with the MediorWorks software will enable the flexible deployment of both OB units. Due to enter service in the near-future, the vehicles will cover sports fixtures and concerts, among other events.
"MediorNet gives us a lot of flexibility in terms of the installation that we need in our daily operations," commented Guy Kreydt, head of video at VideoHouse. "With the open network topology, we can use MediorNet in exactly the ways we want to."
Riedel Communications' managing director, Thomas Riedel, tells PSN-e: "It makes us happy to see that users worldwide understand and share the vision we had in mind when we developed MediorNet. With MediorNet our clients can now have the technology that prepares them for future trends today. MediorNet will change the way we all look at signal distribution in broadcast and live. It is exciting to see the start of this."
Described as "the first step into an innovative new age of fiber-based real-time signal transport solutions for multi-channel HD video, audio and data," MediorNet was exhibited for the first time at NAB earlier this year. To read PSN-e's coverage of the launch, click here.
In other developments, Riedel recently launched a new firmware version for its audio network solution, RockNet. Available for download from the Riedel website, Version 1.40 is said to enhance workflow, particularly with regard to port assignment.