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Spin Digital 8K HEVC Media Player Leverages
AJA KONA 5 and Corvid 88 for Fast, Flexible I/O
N

ow that 4K production has taken
off in broadcast, live events,
sports and beyond, 8K and
16K production loom
large on the horizon,
prompting a demand for
higher resolution video
decoding and playback
tools.
Media solutions provider Spin Digital
addresses this growing need with the
Spin Digital Media Player - a highperformance 8K HEVC media player.
Comprising
proprietary
software
and industry standard hardware,
it facilitates real-time HEVC/H.265
decoding and playback of UltraHD

"AJA's KONA 5 and
Corvid 88 cards give us
the 8K 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI
outputs needed to make
the system possible"
Mauricio Alvarez Mesa, CEO, Spin Digital

AJA KONA 5

video on PC systems and has been
used to transmit 4K, 8K and 16K video
for large-scale event productions,
broadcasts, virtual reality (VR)
experiences and more. For audio and
video I/O, the system uses a KONA 5
card and a Corvid 88 multi-stream,
multi-format card.
"AJA's KONA 5 and Corvid 88
cards give us the 8K 12G-SDI and
3G-SDI outputs needed to make the
system possible, not to mention
they're exceptionally fast, which is
crucial when working with such high
resolution content in the high stakes
environments our clients operate in,"
said Mauricio Alvarez Mesa, CEO, Spin
Digital.

The company initially chose AJA
KONA 5 and Corvid 88 because the
system called for an 8K video output
via 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI, which
would require an SDIconnected video output
board to complement its
proprietary software. In its technology
research, Spin Digital came across
AJA's Developer products and software
development kit, and quickly realised
they were the right fit.
"We evaluated different solutions,
but only the KONA 5 and Corvid 88
offered us the flexibility and ease of
use that we required," Mauricio said.
"The SDK give us low-level control to
the cards, which is crucial for ensuring
that the video timing is correct for
demanding applications such as
8Kp60 playback. Furthermore,
the SDK allows us to combine
multiple devices for applications
that require even higher performance,
including 8Kp120 or 16Kp60 playback."
Spin
Digital
develops
high-

Leader Test Instruments Keep
Mediapro OBs On Track
L

eader LV5490, LV5350 and LV5333
test equipment formed the core
signal monitoring resource deployed by
Barcelona-based television production
group Mediapro for its coverage of the
recent UEFA Champions League Final in
Madrid.
Selected by UEFA as the host
broadcaster, Mediapro fielded multiple
OB vehicles, 42 cameras and more
than 150 crew to capture the match for
4K and HD simulcasting. The project
was accomplished in cooperation
with system specialist and production
services provider Mediaburst.
"The Leader instruments gave us
the full range of facilities needed
to ensure accurate colour matching
from the very large number of signal
sources," comments Mediapro CTO
and Operations Manager Emili Planas
Quintana. "Shooting in 4K is especially
demanding as the fourfold increase in
resolution compared with HD means
every aspect of the production process
has to be handled with even greater

care to ensure the improved quality
is maintained right through the signal
processing chain. Leader's operatorassignable multiscreen feature is
particularly useful for side-by-side
comparison of the various signal
parameters."
"This was the latest in a long
series of high profile sports events
at which Leader instruments have
been deployed to ensure high quality
signal monitoring," adds Kevin
Salvidge, Leader's European Regional
Development Manager. "Sport OB
continues to be the primary driver
for 4K-UHD broadcasting as the extra
detail which can be delivered really
brings match coverage alive. A key
feature of the LV5490 is the ease with
which it can be configured to match a
wide choice of production standards.
These can be selected either at the
time of purchase or added as optional
upgrades during the proven very long
lifetime of Leader test instruments."
As well as the UEFA Champions

League Final in Madrid, Mediapro also
used Leader test equipment in Baku
for the production of the UEFA Europa
League Final and in Portugal for the
UEFA Nations League Finals.
The LV5490 waveform monitor
supports the full range of standard
video production and transmission
resolutions from 525 and 625 standard
definition up to 3840 x 2160 and
4096 x 2160 4K ultra-high definition.
It allows simultaneous analysis of

performance video codecs for the next
generation of ultra-high-quality video
applications. Spin Digital software
solutions enable media applications
that require the latest image and video
processing enhancements including
very high resolution (4K, 8K, and 16K),
high dynamic range, high frame rate,
wide colour gamut, and 360° video.
Spin Digital is based in Berlin, and
operates in an international B2B
environment, working with customers
in different industry segments
including UHD-TV, very large screen
display, and next-generation virtual
reality.

AJA Corvid 88

up to four video channels. Equipped
with eight input connectors, the LV
5490 accepts up to two 4K signals
simultaneously.
The LV5350 waveform monitor
incorporates all the SDI facilities of the
top-of-the-range LV5600 and LV7600
minus the IP measurement capabilities
which are currently required by only
a minority of production and postproduction teams. The LV5350 and
LV7300 also incorporate Leader's
intuitive CINEZONE and CINELITE which
are familiar to many camera crews,
editors and colourists.
LV5333 features include cable length
display, external timing display and
field frequency deviation display.

Leader test instruments in use by Mediapro for OB camera source balancing


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