Private broadcaster and entertainment group Pink Media Group, Belgrade, recently completed a studio for its 24/7 news programme incorporating an on-set multiview videowall, formed from thirty four 46-inch monitors and capable of displaying up to 192 separate images.
A single multiviewer with a large number of outputs was ruled out on cost grounds. Instead, consulting firm Kompani digiTV proposed using a 16-output multiviewer system feeding the 34 screens on the videowall via an IHSE Draco tera compact KVM switch. “There is no better multi-display source than a broadcast multiviewer system, so we have combined one with a Draco tera KVM switch. The enormous flexibility of the KVM switch allows any input to be connected to any display. Each multiviewer output can be connected to one or more monitors, even to every screen at once if desired,” said Miroslav Jankovic, managing director of Kompani digiTV.
“Control of the images on the monitors is very simply achieved by means of the switch’s internal GUI, allowing operators at Pink to instantly change the layout so that different feeds appear in-shot behind the newsreader,” said PINK project manager, Sladjan Pesic. “The system achieves the best of both worlds: full flexibility to show multiviewer images in full HD quality and an economic system that can be further expanded. An 80-port KVM switch was installed which also transmits multiviewer content to 10 x 55-inch and 16 x 46-inch videowalls in the news control and MCR rooms. Remaining ports will, in the future, supply multiviewer images to other, distant, locations in the building: in offices, recreation and reception areas.”