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Riedel MediorNet connects with Grass Valley

A more flexible camera communications infrastructure for outside broadcast is the promise of the new MN-GV-2 interface card that enables Grass Valley’s LDK and LDX cameras and base stations to integrate with Riedel Communications’ MediorNet.

A more flexible camera communications infrastructure for outside broadcast is the promise of the new MN-GV-2 interface card that enables Grass Valley’s LDK and LDX cameras and base stations to integrate with Riedel Communications’ MediorNet. Using the MediorNet real-time fibre network as a signal transport and routing platform for HD video, audio, communications, and data, means that the cameras can be easily assigned to any connected base station. This offers much greater flexibility during set up, and eliminates the need to re-configure cameras and base stations should the initial set-up configurations change. MediorNet allows the user to send any incoming signal to any output or to multiple outputs with a mouse-click or by using a router control system. It reduces cabling and eliminates the need for re-wiring when production setups change. Video signals can be routed to several outputs, with signal transport, routing, processing, and conversion combined into one realtime network. Ultimately, the camera system becomes an integrated part of the MediorNet backbone for signal distribution, which could streamline studio or OB productions. MediorNet also includes integrated broadcast-quality processing and conversion features like Frame Store / Frame Synchronizers and Embedders/De-Embedders at any input/output. These features are software-based so they can easily be expanded in the future without any hardware changes. The MediorNet MN-GV-2 card contains two Grass Valley ports that connect to any combination of cameras or base stations. The card supports all LDK and LDX video and sync formats including 1080p50 and 1080p59.94. “The integration of the Grass Valley cameras into the MediorNet system is a step forward for HD camera infrastructures,” said Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel. “It allows broadcasters to place cameras exactly where they need them to be without the headache of having several kilometres of cabling to readjust each time.” “Our collaboration with Riedel has created a unique solution offering broadcasters a major competitive differentiator,” added Marcel Koutstaal, Senior Vice President of Imaging Systems for Grass Valley. “They can now use the best camera solution on the market with the most flexible and innovative networking system.” RockNet integration Riedel has expanded the reach of its RockNet low latency audio distribution network, thanks to integration with Solid State Logic and Soundcraft SI Compact audio consoles. SSL and Riedel worked together on the next generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface that allows intelligent interfacing between RockNet Digital Audio Networks and SSL mixing consoles. This makes the SSL console an integrated part of the RockNet system including remote control of all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s Independent Gain feature, which allows several mixing consoles to operate with the same mic pre-amps without affecting each other. While the master-console is controlling the analogue gain of the pre-amps remotely, all other consoles operate with emulated pre-amps just as if they were also controlling the actual mic input. This makes multi-console and recording setups very convenient. SSL’s own MORSE Stagebox and Alpha-Link I/O units can also be connected via MADI to MediorNet networks with full remote control capability maintained for SSL consoles. Riedel’s new RN.344.SI card provides RockNet integration for any Soundcraft SI Compact console via the console’s expansion slot. In its first firmware release the card supports 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. A wordclock output is available at the front panel. A rotary switch is provided for device identification and selection of up to 16 programmable routing tables. The RN.344.SI also enables remote control of any RockNet microphone pre-amplifier and supports Independent Gain. There are RockNet interfaces for console integration for Yamaha, Studer, Soundcraft and SSL as well as a MADI unit for integrating consoles from other brands. RockNet allows consoles from various manufacturers to operate simultaneously within the same audio network. RockNet is a digital real-time audio network that provides up to 160 digital audio channels over a single counter-rotating CAT-5 ring. RockNet offers supreme audio quality with up to 96 kHz/24 bit and a dynamic range of up to 117 dB. Based on a redundant ring topology, RockNet forms a self-healing redundant network with no loss of audio in case of a connection fault between two devices. – David