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5G Virtuosa project completes first IP-based studio set-up

Trial integrated multiple products from various vendors

Virtuosa, the EU-funded project exploring 5G and virtualisation in broadcast production, has successfully set up an IP-based studio, built on industry standards (SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS).

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate how 5G can be combined with virtualisation concepts to enable broadcasters to produce live content (such as sports or music coverage) more efficiently and cost-effectively across locations, to meet growing consumer demand.

The trial, carried out at Nevion’s Service Operations Centre in Gdansk, Poland integrated multiple products from various vendors.

The studio set-up at Nevion’s SOC

Technology employed during the trial included: video cameras, a vision mixer, and a server from Sony;  a multiviewer from TAG Video Systems; an audio mixer from Stagetec; a media analyser from Telestream; IP switches from Mellanox; a PTP-compliant time and frequency synchronisation from Meinberg; and software-defined media nodes from Nevion. All of the tech was managed by an orchestration and SDN control system from Nevion.

The set-up has now been transferred to the Institute for Broadcasting Technology’s (IRT) premises in Munich, Germany, where tests will continue to ascertain the compliance of the complete set-up to industry standards.

Markus Berg, head of future networks at IRT said: “After a slight delay because of the Covid-19 situation, we are pleased that we are now in a position to start testing. The set-up is the fundamental building block that we will be using to create the 5G remote production planned for later phases of the project. The compliance to standards is a key part of the tests, and very important for IRT, as an internationally renowned research and innovation centre for audiovisual technologies.”