Studio Berlin, a German provider of live television production solutions, has deployed Riedel’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.
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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. As a result, the Ü10 can accommodate up to 26 workstations — and 24 UHD cameras — while maintaining maximum distance between them.
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“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. this allows production teams to collect and distribute all signal stage boxes directly from where they came in. With centralized solutions, this process requires additional hardware which adds weight, reduces flexibility and increases costs.
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.