The new T# (T Sharp) multiviewers are being launched to the European broadcast market at IBC2015.
Apantac said the line’s modular architecture concept ensures a futureproof multiviewer. One of the most important new features in the T# series is that all input sources can be duplicated up to 64 times and that any input is available to any output. Three frame sizes (1RU, 2RU, 4RU) and 16 pre-configured models are available. The pre-configured models can be easily expanded by adding additional input or output boards. All boards are hot swappable and interchangeable between all three frame sizes.
When fully populated (using the largest frame), the hardware accommodates eight input boards, each with up to eight video inputs supported, for a total of 64 3G/HD/SD-SDI and composite video inputs. There is also a version of the input board with four SFPs for accepting SDI signals over fibre as well as upcoming SFP pluggables from third parties for decoding SMPTE 2022-6 and more.
T# is also built with 4K/UHD in mind, said Apantac. For 4K/UHD support, a user can combine four 3G-SDI BNCs as a single 4K/UHD input. For each SDI input, 16 channels of embedded audio are supported, and can be decoded to display as on-screen audio metres. Two output boards with four outputs each provide a total of eight outputs per chassis. Output board format support includes: HDMI, SDI, fibre, HDMI extenders, and HDBaseT extenders.
T# supports output resolutions up to 1920x1200P including 1080P. In addition, T# is 4K/UHD output ready. To support an expanded range of input formats, Apantac has both HDMI and IP input boards on its short-term product road-map, the company said.
T# supports 3rd party routers and production switchers and TSL protocol, and utilises a flexible and simple skin technology that allows users to customise their on-screen display of graphics.