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The Production

data then being passed
on via Ethernet and a
DMX gateway to the
lights. As designed, the
solutions' lack of latency
enabled the lighting
engineers to control the
lights in time with the
music just as easily as if
they were meters from
the action rather than
five kilometres away.
The Norwia miniHUBs
supported 64 highquality MADI audio
channels in each
direction. This may
sound like overkill, but
when you're using
a u d i o f o r c o n t ro l
and communication
purposes as well as
feeding uncompressed The set-up allowed the key production staff to work from the TV 2 Studio control room
audio for mixing, it's
easy to use a high number of
accountants were delighted
have reduced cost and complexity
audio channels.
with the result of deploying the
and the accountants at TV 2 were of
The Norwia miniHUB and its
Norwia miniHUBs.
course very happy that the budget
AutoSFPTM technology provided
After initial concerns, the audio
for distributing the video and audio
a system that used just one type of
engineers were happy that the
from the location to the playout
card for many different signal types.
system "just worked". The lighting
centre was slashed by up to 70%.
This meant that cards could be
engineers were happy that they
The technical team at TV 2 expects
interchanged with ease and reduced
could operate just as efficiently from
that it will be using Norwia miniHUBs
the number of spares required.
five kilometres away as they could
more often in the future for its OB
Another key point is the built-in
from ten metres. For the cameramen
events and is already planning to
system redundancy, where every
it was situation normal, they just
use a similar solution as part of its
channel is separated by the CWDM,
got on with recording the action.
autumn and winter programming.
so that if one channel should go
The video editors where happy to
Discussing the TV 2 project,
down it will not affect the next. The
be working in their normal dayLars Erik Eriksen, Norwia Chief
miniHUB also provided this level of
to-day studio environment, rather
Technical Officer said: "The
robustness for the signal path.
than in the less familiar surroundings
Norwia AutoSFP functionality
The miniHUB's flexibility was
of an OB truck.
enabled TV 2 to virtually morph the
shown to its full advantage, with
The flexibility of the Norwia
system into whatever they liked.
TV 2 taking a system it already
miniHUB enabled TV 2 to deploy "I know this sounds like magic,
owned that was originally used for
a miniHUB they had already
but the incredible flexibility of
video distribution and adapting it for
purchased, providing hardware
the miniHUB optical distribution
Gigabit Ethernet and MADI for the
cost-savings. Additionally, TV 2
platform is real and truly unique."
Sommertid programme.
reduced costs by removing the
requirement to hire an OB truck
The Result
and through reducing the number
of people that were required to work
'Sommertid' did not suffer in quality
on location.
at all from the exciting changes to
Bard Egil Torgersen from TV2
the production methodology or
Norway who played a key role in the
location. The Norwia equipment
project from day one, commented:
operated fault-free. The fibre
circuits operated without issue. "The Norwia miniHUB performed
"Norwia's solution has already
provided us with major benefits and
flawlessly. The transport of pristine
All-in-all, this new way of working
we look forward to exploring how it
quality full HD video, operator
was a technical, monetary and
can continue to enhance the way we
acceptance, easy setup and the
creative triumph.
make and transport programming,"
large reductions in production
Everyone involved at TV 2, from
Bard Egil Torgersen, TV 2
costs enabled by miniHUB are key
audio engineers to production
benefits hard to ignore."
"Norwia's industry leading levels of
support and fibre expertise were fully
evident throughout the project. The
miniHUB remote production solution
is a powerful package that's a real
production game-changer. Norwia's
solution has already provided us
with major benefits and we look
forward to exploring how it can
continue to enhance the way we
make and transport programming,"
Camera control functions and
concluded Torgersen.
talkback were enabled via the
Remote production overview for 'Sommertid'
The technical team was pleased to
miniHUB at the TV2 studios

The Sony HDC-1500 cameras
were operated by on location
cameramen in coax mode. These
five main cameras were connected
to the miniHUB by 50m coax cable.
Riedel keypanels were connected
to the miniHUB and allowed for full
control and connection back to the
Studio. The UHF and IFB were also
connected via the miniHUB. The
Norwia miniHUB sent the video,
audio and control signals to and
from the studio over fibre.
Each camera was operated by a
cameraman, with full CCU control,
including black levels, iris control,
white balance, tally and camera
talkback, was enabled via the
miniHUB back at the TV2 studios.
The miniHUB enabled studio camera
control to be just as effective as
if the event was being shot in
the Oslo studio.
The lighting engineers in the studio
controlled the lighting remotely, with
the control data being sent over
fibre from the studio to the Norwia
miniHUBs at the pier, the control

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