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Blackmagic Design's Videohub
At The Heart Of HD OB Transition
Iceland's national broadcast RUV has turned to an array of Blackmagic Design
equipment to outfit its Outside Broadcast trucks for High Definition productions...

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s Iceland's national broadcaster,
RUV is an accepted part of the
national identity, providing news,
live sports and entertainment
programming since 1930, through
one TV channel and two radio
stations.
As with all public service
broadcasters, its technical team
has a huge responsibility to
maintain continuity and excellent
production values, whilst ensuring
its infrastructure is able to support
the latest broadcast standards.
Iceland's transition to HD has
been a long process, encountering
many delays and changes in strategy.
Throughout this tumultuous period,
RUV has implemented broadcast
equipment from Blackmagic Design
to develop a stable and effective
workflow for its HD content and
transmission.
At the heart of the broadcaster's
strategy sits the Blackmagic Design
72x72 Universal Videohub router.
"We installed the router initially
as part of a temporary workflow
to enable us to test equipment
that would be used to deliver a
HD transmission alongside our
existing SD infrastructure," explains
Ingvar Hreinsson, Senior Engineer
of Technical Operations at RUV.
"But we have been so pleased
with the router's ease of use and
reliability, that it now features in our
longer term plans."

Handling Live Studio
Production

The Universal Videohub manages
signals for all of RUV's HD

The router can be controlled by a
hardware panel or via Smart Control
software

productions. For the live studio
programmes, the router handles
studio camera feeds, connected
by optical fibre and OpenGear
Optical Fibre Converters. It also
takes signals from RUV's OB van
together with monitoring and
editing stations, delay servers and
HyperDeck SSD recorders.
As with other Nordic stations, RUV
also broadcasts dubbed or subtitled
UK and US content, and this is also
handled through the router.
"The nature of public service
broadcasting means that our
programming is so varied, so we
need reliable signal distribution
at the heart of our workflow and
a router that has the capacity to
handle a large volume of inputs for
HD production," Ingvar continued.
"The great advantage of the Universal
Videohub is the lack of manual
patching required, which gives us
absolute control over our signal
management."
Due to
the
SDI
legacy of the
broadcaster,
I n g v a r
explains that
Blackmagic
Design Mini
Converters
are prevalent
throughout

RUV, Iceland's national broadcaster has implemented broadcast equipment
from Blackmagic Design

its infrastructure. "Because the
transition has been a lengthy
process, and we are working with
public money, we have to be as
careful as possible to keep as much
existing equipment as we could.
"Rather than a huge capital
investment up front, we've used
converters throughout the building,
alongside specific purchases, to
ensure there is no pressure on our
budgets. This is also important for
keeping our SDI workflow running
smoothly, to ensure viewers can still
access programming until the SD
signal is finally switched off."

On The Road

Blackmagic Design's equipment
is also in use in the broadcaster's
OB van, which is used to cover a
multitude of events, from sports to
live performances to VT for news
reports. An important piece of kit
for the OB team is the Teranex 2D
Processor. "The Teranex is used
for a multitude of up, down and
cross conversions, as well as frame
synchronisation and embedding
audio," explains Ingvar. "We
were really impressed with how
the Teranex was able to support
uplinks from our crew reporting
from the site, so we ensured
all OB broadcasts were then

equipped with one."
The OB van signals are transmitted
to the Universal Videohub, which
takes them into the production
gallery, where they are inserted into
news bulletins or broadcast as live
event programming.

Transmission
During Transition

Programme signals are taken
into the Universal Videohub and
broadcast via a TX system specially
designed for RUV by Snell to
communicate with the Universal
Videohub as well as via telecoms
partners through their IP networks.
The HD switchover is believed to
take place at some point in 2014,
and RUV is confident that the station
will be well prepared, whenever the
date falls. Ingvar concludes, "It's
been a tough few years, as we've
had to be flexible enough with
our infrastructure to keep in line
with the overall transition timeline
and strategy.
The Blackmagic Design
equipment has been integral to
our long-term HD planning, which
will ensure that our viewers can
expect the switchover to be virtually
invisible to them."

Blackmagic Design's Universal Videohub 72x72
is at the heart of RUV's HD transition

A Teranex 2D Processor provides
up/down/cross conversions

Blackmagic Design Mini Converters are prevalent throughout RUV's infrastructure


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