Netherlands-based Broadcast Rental has built a video routing network based around the Blackmagic Universal Videohub for use by Dutch Broadcaster NOS at the London Games.
The Universal Videohub will be used by NOS to distribute highlights and games footage from their media headquarters at the International Broadcast Centre to other Dutch Olympic facilities, Holland Heineken House and Medal Plaza. The video routing system will also be used by the broadcaster in the International Broadcast Centre.
Controlled via PC touchscreen monitors, the Universal Videohub will take in all signals from Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) and will distribute the signals to the Holland Heineken House, Medal Plaza, and to storage at the IBC. The signal will be locked and ingested via an EVS XT and IPDirector to an Avid Unity System before it is edited with Avid Media Composer. The final output will be routed back through the Universal Videohub before being distributed to the Netherlands broadcast network and other Olympic screening facilities.
“Blackmagic’s Universal Videohub, as a routing matrix, will sit at the heart of our Olympic operations. Every audio and video signal will go via this router,” said Broadcast Rentals’ Geert Paul Slee. “We wanted to use the Universal Videohub in particular for this job because it is completely customisable, can be controlled wirelessly and fits easily into small spaces, which makes it a very cost effective system when you are using a piece of kit for multiple customers.” – Carolyn Giardina