4K-ready trucks use Imagine Communications for routing and infrastructure


Imagine Communications is providing the infrastructure for four new outside broadcast trucks being built for NEP UK. The new trucks will be capable of HD, 1080p HD and 4K/UHD production, easily switching between HD and UHD resolutions as assignments require.

“We provide remote production facilities for some of the most watched broadcasts, and particularly the top sports,’ said Rob Newton, director of engineering and technology for NEP in the UK. “Our success as a business depends on high utilisation of our assets, which in turn means they have to be extremely flexible. Imagine Communications gives us that flexibility, with the capability to instantly switch formats without worrying about synchronisation and routing issues, and without adding latency that would be a nightmare in live production.’

At the heart of each of the new trucks is the Platinum™ IP3 router from Imagine Communications. To provide complex signal management and accommodate multiple formats, the Platinum IP3 integrates signal distribution, audio multiplexing and de-multiplexing, flexible multiviewing and test and measurement, along with precision routing, in a compact space. Speed of set-up is enhanced by the IP3’s ability to instantly recall previously stored system configurations, enabling the truck to start work quickly and efficiently.

The Platinum IP3 is also critical to NEP’s transition to IP, as it is designed to work in a hybrid SDI-IP environment, with transparent operations across the two signal fabrics. Add in its compact and lightweight form factor and the Platinum IP3 is an ideal selection for a forward-looking mobile production installation.

Also included in the build for the four new trucks is critical infrastructure equipment from Imagine Communications, including Selenio™ MCP units, fortified with HD-UHD up- and down-conversion capabilities; and Selenio 6800+, Selenio X100 and Selenio X50 modular units for signal processing, monitoring and distribution.

For more information visit the Imagine Communications website.


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