German outside broadcasting company Studio Berlin has selected MediorNet MicroNet UHD from Riedel as the media distribution and processing solution in its new Ü10 UHD/HDR OB van.
The truck includes 38 Riedel MicroN UHD modules for decentralised signal routing.
MicroN UHD is the latest generation of Riedel’s MediorNet MicroN family of modular, high-density signal interfaces, which the company says brings more bandwidth, more I/O, higher resolutions, and more processing power to the MediorNet platform.
In Studio Berlin’s Ü10, eight MicroN UHD modules are being used as stage boxes, while several others have been configured as multiviewers using the MicroN UHD MultiViewer App.
Studio Berlin has housed ten racks of complete equipment in a separate trailer, with a fibre optic interlink connecting the two. The MediorNet MicroN UHD system is split between the two vehicles, meaning it can accommodate up to 26 workstations — and 24 UHD cameras.
“For the unique design of the Ü10 — where space is at a premium to meet social distancing requirements — a decentralised router was a must,” said Matthias Alexandru, technical manager at Studio Berlin.
“While centralised 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. Furthermore, it enables production teams to collect and distribute all stage box signals directly from where they originate. With centralised solutions, this process requires additional hardware that adds weight, reduces flexibility, and increases costs.”
Studio Berlin’s Ü10 will primarily be used for live coverage of the Bundesliga and other large sporting and entertainment events.