Gearhouse Broadcast purchased 96 yellobrik CDH 1811 SDI to HDMI converters from Lynx Technik for use in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg during the World Cup.
The IBC consists of television studios, production rooms, technical rooms and related office spaces that transmit content of the 2010 World Cup to billions of viewers around the world. Various high profile unilateral global broadcast clients of Gearhouse Broadcast will use the Lynx Technik yellobrik SDI to HDMI converters for their production gallery monitoring in the IBC.
The yellobrik CDH 1811 SDI to HDMI converters will be used as monitoring solutions to convert SDI signals to HDMI for driving 23-imch and 46-inch HDMI displays. SDI video inputs from a multiviewer and a routing switcher are fed through the yellobrik converters onto 1920 x 1080 Sony, LG and Samsung monitors as standard HDMI signals for reference monitoring and display of incoming game feeds.
The enhanced audio de-embedding feature-set of the converters also allows Gearhouse Broadcast clients’ to drive several separate audio monitors. Any two of the 16 supported audio channels from an incoming video signal can be de-embedded and output as digital AES or analog audio, or embedded into the HDMI output.
“After a shoot-out with several other products, the HDMI signal quality from the yellobrik SDI to HDMI converters proved to be superior,” commented Kevin Moorhouse, chief operating officer, Gearhouse Broadcast, Gravity Media Group. “The audio functionality was also extremely important to us and the ability to easily switch to various AES audio groups was a unique feature in the yellobrik converter. It also offers a looping HD-SDI output which is useful for feeding additional displays from the same SDI source.”