Five satellite news gathering trucks owned by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) are being upgraded by German satellite broadcast and communications specialist ND SatCom with 4HM’s SAM64 SDI to MADI and AES audio interfaces.
“The first of the five trucks has already been upgraded and all are to receive a SAM64 as part of a major refit to their capabilities. The SAM64 was chosen because it provides a cost and space efficient solution to de-embedding up to four SDI streams simultaneously,” said Johannes Schlieszus, engineer Broadcast at ND SatCom. “Each unit also comes as standard with an in built redundant power supply providing the resilience essential for outside broadcast use.”
The SAM64 can extract 16 audio channels from each of the unit’s four SDI inputs to provide a total of 64 audio channels in both MADI and AES3 formats. All SDI inputs independently auto-sense between 3G, HD and SD standards and are provided with loop-through connectivity for downstream equipment.
When completed, the refitted trucks will provide the backbone of the Swiss broadcaster’s national news gathering fleet.