Adelaide Convention Centre Selects Riedel For Comprehensive Signal Transport and Comms

The Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) has deployed an expansive signal transport and communications backbone powered by Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. MediorNet provides integrated, decentralized, and fully redundant signal distribution and processing throughout the Centre’s three buildings, with an available capacity of 1,092 Gbps and the ability to route more than 1,000 simultaneous HD-SDI signals.


Situated at the heart of Adelaide’s iconic Riverbank precinct, the ACC opened as Australia’s first purpose-built convention centre in 1987. The Riedel network is part of a recently completed AU$397 million redevelopment, which included the addition of two new buildings (East and West) and saw the venue emerge as one of the world’s most modern, flexible, and technologically-advanced convention centres. Each year, the ACC delivers approximately 700 individual events, welcoming 200,000 delegates and guests.


Riedel MediorNet represents a significant upgrade over the ACC’s previous infrastructure, which relied on analog audio multicores, RGBHV video cabling, and DMX over copper cabling. The decentralized MediorNet backbone affords the ACC the ability to route any type of signal from any point in the venue to any other point or points in the convention centre without requiring staff to reconfigure any cables.

“Previously, running the signal cables to support a client event could take up to two hours. Now we’re able to configure the MediorNet components in just a few minutes”, said Matthew Stanton, Technology and Venue Operations Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre. “The time savings and reduced labour mean that we can offer more flexible services to our clients and accommodate last-minute requests, such as increases in signal counts. This kind of flexibility simply wasn’t possible with our previous infrastructure.”

Riedel_AdelaideDeployed in a decentralized configuration, the ACC’s MediorNet backbone ensures fully redundant distribution of all signals including video, analog and digital audio, intercom, ArtNet lighting control, AV control system signals, and data for speaker support. Each of the three ACC buildings is outfitted with a MediorNet Modular mainframe paired with a MetroN core router. MetroN provides robust video router functionality with switching delays of <40ms as well as high-speed re-routing. The frame can function within a larger MediorNet installation, interfacing with other MediorNet nodes via fiber.

The ACC also has 23 MediorNet Compact and Compact Pro stageboxes for portable signal distribution at locations such as stage floors, grids, and front-of-house positions. There are also five MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network devices for additional signal distribution requirements. One of the MicroN devices is configured as a dedicated multiviewer using the MediorNet MultiViewer App.

For robust crew and staff communications, an Artist 128 digital matrix intercom mainframe supports wired and wireless intercom beltpacks, with signals distributed throughout the three buildings by MediorNet. Riedel’s Performer Digital Partylines are carried over the MediorNet Compact Pros via native AES3 paths, which are all connected to the Artist matrix via MADI.


“The ACC is a dazzling showcase for everything that sets MediorNet apart from its competition — namely, decentralized signal routing, redundancy of core components, and the flexibility to set up point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configurations on the fly and with minimal effort,” said John Bell, Riedel Communications General Manager, Australia. “With the modularity and scalability to grow the system as the Centre’s requirements expand, MediorNet is a valuable competitive differentiator as the ACC continues to compete for global convention and event clients.”

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New Value-Added Distributor MVD Europe Brings Focused Expertise to Support Broadcast and Pro AV Channel Partners

Systems integrators, resellers and OEMs in the European broadcast and professional A/V markets have a new expert distributor they can rely on as they strive to keep pace with rapidly-evolving technologies fueled by IP-based innovations. Launched earlier this year, MVD Europe B.V. provides value-added distribution services and manufacturer representation in Europe with a focus on the latest video production and streaming media solutions.

MVD_Europe_Edo_van_der_Gaag“While a lot of distributors have consolidated into larger organizations in recent years, the sheer breadth of the products they carry can make it hard for them to keep up with the disruptive technology changes our industry is undergoing,” said van der Gaag. “By staying focused on our specialties and leveraging our deep experience, we can provide even the smallest or largest channel partners with stellar service that makes their jobs easier while benefiting their end-customers.”

MVD Europe (MVDE) is led by industry veteran Edo van der Gaag, who brings nearly 30 years of directly-relevant experience in digital media and streaming technologies. Edo’s background makes him well-equipped to be a perfect bridge between manufacturers and their channel partners, having worked on both sides of the equation — as director of European sales for video streaming pioneer Digital Rapids, following 19 years as co-owner of systems integrator and production services provider Trigital B.V.

“We are pleased to have MVD Europe join our distribution network,” said Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell. “Edo’s vast experience will contribute to the growth of our business in the Europe while helping us serve the evolving needs of our dealers, integrators and OEM partners in the region.”

Offering business development, marketing, logistics, channel management, product support and post-sale warranty fulfillment services, MVD Europe is chosen by manufacturers, integrators and dealers for its industry expertise and extreme dedication to an exceptional customer experience at every level of the supply chain. Careful not to compete with its channel partners, MVDE provides product consultation to end-users but refers them to authorized resellers for purchasing.

“The European market represents a significant growth opportunity for us,” said Paul Richards, Director of Business Development at PTZOptics and HuddleCamHD. “Live streaming is one of the most common applications of our cameras, making MVD Europe’s combined expertise in the production and streaming domains ideal for supporting the efforts of our European resellers.”

MVD Europe’s first product lines include Magewell’s award-winning video capture, processing, streaming and playout solutions; PTZOptics’ high-quality, professional pan/tilt/zoom cameras; and HuddleCamHD USB-connected conference cameras and speakerphones. Notably, MVD Europe will be the exclusive European distributor of Magewell’s recently-announced Pro Convert family of plug-and-play hardware converters for bringing traditional video signals into live, IP-based production workflows using NewTek’s royalty-free NDI(r) technology.

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FOR-A/InSync Technology Joint Venture to Introduce 8K Products at Inter BEE 2018

Two new products, an 8K-supporting upconverter and 8K-supporting frame synchronizer will make their worldwide introduction at Inter BEE 2018. Developed by InSync Technology Products Ltd. – an advanced research joint venture between InSync Technology, experts in software motion compensated standards conversion, and FOR-A, leading worldwide developers of video technology – the upconverter and frame synchronizer are both available globally from FOR-A.

Taking place November 14-16 in Makuhari, Japan, Inter BEE is the largest tradeshow of media and entertainment in the country. FOR-A will exhibit at the show in Hall 3, Booth #3509.

InSync Technology Products Ltd was formed in August of 2017 to aid collaboration between UK and Japan in the design and development of 8K UHDTV signal processing equipment to support current and future international program distribution.

The new InSync IF8K-UCN is a frame synchronizer that supports up conversion of HD/4K UHD to 8K DG (Dual Green). It inputs HD-SDI or quad-link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 4) and outputs octa-link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 8) signals. Two-way distribution of 8K DG is standard and BB or Tri-level sync reference input is also supported. Standard redundant power supply provides stability and long-term usage. Supporting frame rates are 59.94i or 60i for HD and 59.94p and 60p for 4H UHD. There is no frame rate conversion. ITU-R BT.709 or ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut can be selected for the input. Its’ output supports ITU-R BT.2020.

The new InSync IF8K-FSCC is an 8K synchronizer and color corrector. It synchronizes full 8K video with both 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI signals. Asynchronous input of quad-link 12G-SDI (12G-SDI x 4) or 16 link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 16) for 8K can be synchronized by the external reference input and output with quad-link 12G-SDI. It does not provide frame rate conversion.


Features include:

  • Video signal processing of the luminance level, chroma level, chroma phase, and black level
  • Color corrector to set white balance, black balance, and color gamut.
  • Horizontal/vertical phase adjustment by the external reference input
  • Additional audio delay for upstream or downstream equipment for each audio channel

The IF8K-FSCC has a MADI audio input/output interface. Multiplexer and demultiplexer of audio are supported. Up to 32-channels of audio can be selected from 32-channel MADI inputs and maximum 32-channel audio signals that are multiplexed onto SDI inputs and can be output from SDI (multiplexed) and MADI.

In August, InSync Technology Ltd was named as one of the UK’s top ‘Small Biz 100’ by Small Business Saturday. InSync has been selected as a trail-blazer in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on December 1, 2018.

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