Turner Broadcasting System’s in-house production facility, Turner Studios, has upgraded its Atlanta, Georgia, facilities with the implementation of a Lynx Technik fibre solution.
The new technology was specified to improve HD video distribution over 204 single mode fiber I/O paths to four of the facility’s six studios, which are used for the production of NBA TV, NBA on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
In total, Turner Studios deployed 102 LYNX Technik yellobrik dual-channel receivers and transmitters that accept uncompressed digital 3Gbit HD-SDI signals. The HD-SDI signals are transmitted over single mode fiber into a central wideband video routing system. The project required 92 ORR 1802 dual 3Gbit fiber-to-SDI receivers and 10 OTT 1812 dual 3Gbit SDI-to-fiber transmitters. Together, this pair is said to provide a cost-effective dual channel optical transmission/receiver system for signals up to 1080P, whilst preserving uncompressed signal quality.
Turner also installed a card configuration of more than 50 LYNX Series 5000 rack-and-card-based fiber interfaces in its control room for fiber transmission monitoring. This system is made up of the ORX 5804 quad 3Gbit fiber optic-to-SDI receivers and OTX 5844 quad 3Gbit SDI-to-fiber optic transmitters. All cards are IP addressable and accessible by Turner Studio’s utility LAN via the LYNX APPolo control system. APPolo software provides Turner with SNMP status monitoring and error reporting of all existing and future interface cards.
“I was looking for a fiber transport solution that would work well with our system design of multiple path-pairing of fiber optic I/O pairs, as well as improve our overall signal transmission capacity,” commented Terry Harvard (pictured here with Lynx Technik CEO Winfried Deckelmann), senior engineer, live events at Turner Studios. “I have found the Lynx fiber solutions to be unique in their design and rack frame options. The LYNX team is also extremely responsive to my needs and system requirements, and made this installation a very good experience.”