VRT and Broadcast Solutions to show tailor-made ENG at IBC

The ENG on display is part of a large frame contract about seven vehicles. The one presented at IBC is part of a final delivery of three identical news gathering vans, concluded earlier this year. The van is heavily used in the field for the VRT news program VRT NWS and to fulfil VRT’s approach to develop new news formats – fast, flexible and with the most innovative production tools.

The ENG is based on a Mercedes V-class and Broadcast Solutions adapted it heavily to meet VRTs wishes in terms of broadcast technology, data transmission, interior design concepts and independent power supply solutions.

The concept of the van is to give the teams in the field as much flexibility as possible to produce on-site or on the road. The room concepts allow for two people to work even when the van is moving. When driving to a location the editors and journalists can prepare the piece they are about to shoot. In the same way they can edit and playout material right away after shooting a feature, before reaching the VRT facilities.

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The basic broadcast equipment used in the van is an Axon video router and multiviewer, a DHD audio console with Genelec monitors plus a workstation running Adobe Premiere and several storage cards.

For data transmission Broadcast Solutions integrated Pepwave LTU transmitters as well as a TNG system plus a LiveU200 for camera mount use. The VRT van is equipped with a dedicated power generator included in the van and Lithium Ion batteries to enable up to five hours autonomous activity. When parking the van and switching to battery mode, the crew is able to work without any possible impairments by disturbing noises. The power options can be switched easily by using a special panel included in the edit workspace.

The overall interior design, the workspace and storage solutions reflect Broadcast Solutions’ approach to always keep the user in mind. When in the field producing live footage or on tape, anything can happen and the team and the van needs to prepared for everything. Including tailor-made solutions, clever gadgets, individualised storage compartments, desk and chair adaptations or charging stations the crew can work with ease trusting in the equipment and the vehicle, even under high pressure.

NEP Belgium Embrace New Design and IP-Workflows with Broadcast Solutions’ Streamline S8L UHD OB Van

Unit 18, the newly added production vehicle, is an S8L and represents a new variant, the German system integrator added to its Streamline Family of OB Vans.

With new room concepts and additional interconnectivity technology, the S8L offers more flexibility during productions and adapts to future IP-based workflows. The OB Van is working in HD and UHD format alike and can handle productions with up to 12 (HD) or 4 (UHD) cameras. Due to a change in workplace design (the production bench is arranged alongside the driving motion), the S8L stands out with ten comfortable workplaces. Housed in a self-propelled box-body/truck combination, the OB Van offers three separate working areas: Production, Audio, Engineering. An additional novelty refers to more flexible interconnectivity capabilities, using IP-based audio and video bridging devices.

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For basic production tools, the S8L sticks to the field-proven mix of reliable technology by major global brands, but with slight changes that extend the van’s capabilities massively. Broadcast Solutions equipped the S8L with a SONY XVS6000 vision mixer, Imagine SX Pro video matrix and multiviewer, IHSE KVM and Riedel Artist intercom – with an AES67-card to implement a Bolero Wireless Intercom in a second step. A Lawo mc²36 40-fader console with its compact size, its integrated router, in-built DSP and I/O meet all the requirements for 5.1 Surround productions and workflows. With a Genelec 5.1 Monitoring-System, all audio needs will be fully satisfied.

Technological Innovations

New to the S8 and the Streamline OB Vans in general, is the implementation of a Lawo V__matrix software-defined IP-routing and processing core which handles processing, De-/Embedding and RGB colour correction of the signals. The S8L comes with two video stageboxes, each equipped with a Lawo V__link4.

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This provides a one-box-solution for all the requirements of IP-based stageboxes including video and audio signal transport and processing. The video stageboxes provide 4x 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs and outputs.

Each stagebox is connected via a 2x10GbEthernet fiber to the V__matrix IP-Core. The system supports 2022-6/7 video streams and Ravenna/AES67 audio streams. For flexible audio connectivity one audio stagebox with Lawo’s mc² Compact I/O has been chosen to expand the mc²36’s connectivity.

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Connected via fiber, the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line inputs, 8 AES I/Os and GPIOs in a Ravenna/AES67 transport mode. Further on a DirectOut Montone 42 MADI to audio-over-IP (Ravenna) bridge provides seamless integration of network audio with the existing infrastructure of, e.g. EVS servers. In charge of control in the S8L is a VSM-System, overlooking the video switcher, multiviewer as well as audio-routing plus handling the IP-streams.

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With the new S8L OB Van, Broadcast Solutions once again proves its Streamline OB Van Family concept to be future-proof and adaptable to future workflows and technologies in the IP-world. The S8L is also available with an included generator. The S8GL model is even more flexible in daily production use and independent of external power supply.

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AIMS Membership Swells to 96 Members Following MNA Merger

Since the organization’s merger with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) was announced late last year, more than 20 companies have joined AIMS.

The following companies have joined AIMS since the MNA merger, bringing the total number of member organizations to 96: ALC Networx, Attero Tech, Alteros Inc., Axis, the BBC, Bosch, Digigram, Direct Out, DongGuan 3G Audio Technology Co. Ltd., Focusrite, Genelec, Hangzhou Linker Technology, Luminex, LYNX- Technik, Mellanox, Merging Technologies, Ningbo Soundking, QSC, Suzhou FITCAN, TOA, Ward-Beck Systems, Wheatstone Corporation, and Yamaha.

The former MNA organization was focused on AES67 interoperability, and its membership included companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. After a two-year history of collaboration, the MNA and AIMS memberships voted to merge last December and form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The new joint organization has retained the AIMS name and is governed by the existing AIMS bylaws. Through the merger, former MNA members are now working through AIMS on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability.

“Like AIMS, MNA members were committed to adopting a standards-based approach to interoperability. In their case, it was interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67, and they made tremendous strides toward that goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “By merging with AIMS, these companies are having even broader impact on the industries they serve — and they’re a driving force behind true industry-wide AV IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We’re proud to welcome former MNA member companies to the AIMS fold, and with their input we’re continuing to expand our influence across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry.”