November 8, 2017

Imagine’s best-in-class signal routing at core of Italian production company’s new 4k/UHD HDR production truck

Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, has supplied the core infrastructure, including a powerful multi-format router, for a radical new outside broadcast truck built by Italian production company Cinevideo. The new truck’s innovative design allows Cinevideo to serve the most demanding of today’s requirements, while being ready for the IP future.

The new 12-meters, triple-expanding unit provides up to 60 square metres of internal space. The truck accommodates two production and two audio control rooms, giving Cinevideo the flexibility to provide multiple versions of an event, or to provide both coverage of a sporting event and the commentary from one truck. To deliver optimum flexibility and versatility, Cinevideo required that its new truck handle HD and 4k/UHD resolutions, as well as standard and high dynamic range signals, simultaneously.

Monitoring large numbers of sources in different formats led to a requirement for 24 monitors, both full HD and 4k, which can each be configured as HD mosaic, quad splits or single 4k displays. This level of flexibility demanded an advanced multiviewer system, which is a standard, integrated feature of the Platinum™ IP3 15RU router from Imagine Communications.

As well as providing multiviewer capability and the ability to switch large numbers of signals, the highly resilient Platinum IP3 also handles video up and down conversion, audio multiplexing and de-multiplexing and discrete AES and MADI. All of this functionality is provided in a single 15RU cabinet.

“Dolphin-7 has been designed to be as flexible as possible, to accommodate a variety of events and to meet all customer requirements,” said Andrea Buonomo, executive sales manager at Cinevideo. “Versatility is a key function in live production and the quick configurability of the IP3 helps us seamlessly move from different productions – or even to different clients for the same production – without the downtime normally required to prepare a mobile production unit. We chose the IP3 router to empower our operators with the ability to switch configurations at will and handle native 4k along with 3G or HD signals simultaneously.”

The architecture of the Platinum IP3 allows it to simultaneously switch both SDI and IP-based video and audio signals, making it an ideal bridge to the future while providing unrivalled capabilities today.

Mathias Eckert, senior vice president EMEA and APAC at Imagine Communications, said: “The Platinum IP3 is proving to be a mobile production core infrastructure workhorse, increasingly recognised for its versatility, reliability and support for hybrid production environments. The IP3 is helping innovative companies such as Cinevideo meet today’s customer requirements and whatever the future might bring.”

Systems integrator for the new Cinevideo truck was Broadcast Solutions Italy. Dolphin-7 is now in service.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.