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Behind The Election Production Cont.
efficiency, and higher capacity been working utilization of the equipment would on a concept be guaranteed. When I started to of a camera plan all the cameras of the studios switch. After (ten cameras per studio) and this encouraging control rooms with the existing message, I method of mechanical “patching“ informed our of the cameras via a patch panel, it project team took us to a confusing dimension. “BigSwitch” that It would have resulted in a patch the innovative panel of 50 x 50 camera positions. concept can be Immediately, I had concerns about implemented large mechanical wear and thus soon. high error rates, patch errors, During the contamination of the fibre, long installation of distances to the patch panel, the “BigSwitch” etc. These limitations are simply project, everything impossible in today’s technological was already world. Therefore I gave thought to prepared, making another solution. the installation Starting with simple drawings of the planned and calculations, an intense c a m e r a discussion started. My idea to switch possible patch via software, i.e. click with subsequently. After the mouse pointer on the camera an intensive development phase, in studio X and connect it to the the opticamSWITCH was finally particular control room (or rather ready for use. As the tpc ag counts be able to switch via BFE at a on modern, innovative technology, particular studio choice), was pretty we were the first to use Neutrik’s demanding. At the same time, opticamSWITCH. the talks with Neutrik regarding the opticalCON Was there not QUAD connector a risk to use took place, and this new device I explained the for the first requirements and time for such ideas to Neutrik’s an important highly competent production like product manager the national Christian Ganahl. election? After some No, there was no discussions with risk to use the Neutrik‘s research opticamSWITCH and development in the elections. department, I Together with received a phone Neutrik, we call with the performed positive message Neutrik opticalCON DUO chassis s e v e r a l that Neutrik connector tests, in real had already environments

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with the associated cameras, in advance. In addition, we carried out, in advance, various smaller productions with the opticamSWITCH. For the “worst case” we would have been prepared with a manual patch solution using opticalCON couplers, which Neutrik generously made available to use. Were the installation of the system and the test phase consuming? Since we still had productions ongoing, and the time frame was very small, the planning was somewhat more complex to win a little more time for the installation and to have a plan B in case of upcoming problems. During installation, we were actively supported by Neutrik. The fibre optic cables to the studios had to be assembled on site. With the support of Neutrik, which brought the whole assembly infrastructure

including assembly specialists to our studio, the cabling was, together with our tpc employee Martin Sturzenegger, connected to the opticamSWITCH in a very short time. Right after that, the first test took place. All studios and cameras were connected and switched in all combinations. Right away, the system ran without any major mistakes. I must say, on the installation day, when the first major cables were cut, I felt a little uncomfortable. The pressure of the upcoming elections, with the possibility of problems and too short cables, weighed upon me. But this bad feeling disappeared very quickly. Christian Ganahl, product manager at Neutrik, had on his side, just as I did on mine, planned the preparations to the last detail. The work has gone quiet and very professional. The collaboration between the Neutrik and tpc ag was just perfect.

Camera Switching
Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH provides fibre optic camera routing within broadcast studios. The device allows switching of unlimited camera positions between several studios and control rooms, eliminating the need for high-maintenance, risky matrix patch fields using SMPTE patch cables. The system offers: • Robust switching of unlimited camera positions between several studios and control rooms; • Non-blocking, PLC-based (planar lightwave circuits) fibre plus camera power routing; • Convenient handling with the up-to-date LAN-based, remote control software. The camera switch works on silica-based PLC (planar lightwave circuits) equipped with TO (thermooptic) switches. The innovative and patentpending design guarantees rugged and safe non-blocking fibre plus camera power switching without any moving parts.
Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH

The LAN-based remote control software simplifies work, shows switching and camera status, and enables broadcast production automation.


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In Broadcast - February 2012
Contents
Pictorvision Academy Award
The Ultimate Strategy to Win
Importance of Smooth Streaming
Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
Trilogy Communications Celebrates 25 years
CES 2012 Smarter Systems on Show
Vitec Videocom CEO Joop Janssen has the Answers
Space Saving 3D System
OpticamSWITCH Success at Swiss TV
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Pictorvision Academy Award
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In Broadcast February 2012 - The Ultimate Strategy to Win
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Importance of Smooth Streaming
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
In Broadcast February 2012 - Trilogy Communications Celebrates 25 years
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In Broadcast February 2012 - CES 2012 Smarter Systems on Show
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Vitec Videocom CEO Joop Janssen has the Answers
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