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Routers & Video
Production Switchers
Contributing Editor David Kirk examines
the latest technology for video broadcast
routers and production switchers...

O

ne-size-fits-all has never been a
characteristic of the broadcast
TV and radio production business. An
increasing number of vision mixer
designers are nevertheless attempting
to advance from dedicated mix/effects
systems into the all-in-one 'OB-vanin-a-suitcase' model. This makes good
sense given the increasing adoption
of IP-linked production techniques,
the virus-induced expansion of homestudio activity and the ever declining
cost of onboard high-speed ISOcapable multichannel data storage.
The sharp end of the story is the
price. High-specification production
equipment is becoming ever more
affordable.
Battleship-grade
construction always costs more
and relatively low-cost portable
control-room-in-a-box hardware is
becoming
increasingly
available.
Router design remains for the present
more traditional but that category
too is evolving to offer greater matrix
capability within a given space. A
logi-cal next step would be for mixing
and routing to be performed within
the same device but there at least
modularity is likely to survive.
Meanwhile, what's new...

Routers & Interfaces
Cobalt Digital has acquired the IP
and manufacturing rights to multiple
Ward-Beck openGear cards. Products
being integrated into the Cobalt
family include analog audio and video
distribution amplifiers, audio analogto-digital /digital-to-analog converters
and single card rear modules in threepin terminal block configurations.
Ward-Beck Systems manufactured and
supplied professional audio broadcast
equipment for more than half a
century from headquarters in Toronto.
The company ceased operations on
January 31st, 2021, but continued
support and assistance during the
transition period.
For-A has introduced two new
12G/6G/3G/HD/ASI routing switchers

The MFR-4100 and MFR-6100 support
12G-SDI cabling which carries 4K
content over a single crosspoint. The
MFR-6100 configures a matrix of up
to 36 x 36; the MFR-4100 configures
up to 18 x 18. The routing switchers
automatically sense the type of SDI
input. Both models feature multiformat I/Os, SNMP monitoring and
multiple redundancy options including
CPU and power supply.
NTP Technology has expanded its
Penta audio interfacing platform
with three new 1 RU models: Penta
721s, 721s-DNT and 721s-SDI. Each
includes AES, MADI and Dante
I/O. The 721s-DNT is a Dante to
Dante converter with sample rate
conversion on the input for connecting
individual IP Audio networks that can
run on different sample rates and
digital clocks. Dante connectivity takes
the form of a 64-channel Brooklyn
module; the 721s-DNT adds another
128 channels and onboard sample
rate conversion. The 721s-SDI adds
dual 3G SDI embedding/de-embedding
for broadcasters needing to combine
SDI signals with Dante, MADI or
AES. The SDI side of the model also
has built-in sample rate conversion.
The 721s comes with slot for any
of seven available expansion cards
such as analog inputs or outputs,
delay processing for lip-sync, 3G SDI,
or additional AES, MADI or Dante
connectivity. " The new Penta 721s
models build on the legacy of the
modular Penta 720 unit which serves
in countless enterprise audio solutions
throughout the world, " comments
NTP Technology Sales Director Mikael
Vest. " We already know that AoIP will
increasingly become the backbone of
any larger enterprise audio facility, yet
older audio formats will remain part of
the systems for some time. With the
Penta 721s and Penta 721s-SDI we're
covering any existing audio format
around, while the Penta 721s-DNT is
ready to engage any Dante/AES67based system today or in the future. "

Blackmagic's
ATEM Mini
Extreme

The AVmatrix PVS0615

Pesa claims its Tiger Fusion 12G SDI/
IP video distribution system is the
world's largest single-link 4K matrix.
Single-link 12G design reduces cabling
and simplifies management. A mix
of SDI (1.5, 3, 6, and 12G), HDMI (1.4,
2.0), and IP (SMPTE ST 2110) I/Os can
be accommodated within an 18 RU
frame. " Tiger Fusion meets the need
for simplified management of large 4K
installations via single-link 12G SDI, "
said Pesa CTO Scott Barella. " With our
flexible signal-agnostic control system,
it enables hybrid workspaces using
SMPTE ST 2110 IP gateways and HDMI
2.0. "

Video Production Switchers
AVMatrix's PVS0615 is a portable
six-channel SDI/HDMI multi-format
switcher designed to perform
uncompressed capture for live
streaming. Features include four
SDI and two HDMI/ DVI-I/ VGA/ USB
inputs, mix/fade/wipe effects,
luma
and
chroma
keys,
and audio mixer
and a flip-up 15.6 inch FHD
LCD display with multiview
capability. One USB type-C
output and three SDI
programme/aux
outputs
are provided.

Blackmagic Design's ATEM Mini
Extreme is a 1 M/E switcher with
eight inputs, four chroma keyers,
six independent DVEs, two media
players, two downstream keyers, a 16way multiviewer, two USB ports and
multiple HDMI auxiliary outputs. An
ISO version includes these features
plus the ability to record all eight
inputs and the program for a total
of nine streams of recording.
Both new models can perform
live streaming. The ATEM Mini Pro
ISO and Extreme ISO models allow
customers to edit live events while
record multiple video streams. The ISO
models also save a DaVinci Resolve
project file so users can open their live
production as a video edit with cuts,
dissolves and media pool graphics
auto-loaded. " These two new models
of ATEM Mini are a massive increase
in creative features and are now
our most powerful 1 M/E switchers! "
comments Blackmagic Design CEO
Grant Petty.
Datavideo's
OBV-3200
is
a
12-channel
mobile
HD
video
production unit for use in an OB van.
It can perform video switching,

Datavideo's OBV-3200


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