Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) October 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 9 - Page 29

DISTRIBUTION October 2016 ansmission & e productions data SIM cards from multiple local mobile operators for immediate live broadcasting. This allows 3G and 4G/LTE networks to be bonded with Ethernet or Wi-Fi for optimisation with a local wireless infrastructure. Since its launch at the start of the year, sports broadcasters such as Fox Sports, 11 Network Sports and Encompass Digital Media have been using Ideal-Live to cover many live events, including the F1 racing and English football matches, reveals Mc Kiernan. Ideal-Live offers a number of services — from a simple transmitter rental for live news and sports events to more managed services with engineering support for events in the field. The service requirements from different operators, naturally, are varied, ❝Wireless networks are continuing to get better, resulting in the transmission over bonded cellular becoming the standard way of gathering content.❞ — Bogdan Frusina, Founder & CTO, Dejero says Mc Kiernan. “Some want the 3G/4G data bundled with the rental, while some ask for a mix of purchase and rental of equipment,” he elaborates. “We have also engaged in a number of live corporate events such as seminars and product launches with multi-camera productions being switched and pushed live to YouTube and Facebook.” In the long term, both Ideal Systems The appetite for content is prompting manufacturers to explore every avenue to reduce the size of physical devices — to make them smaller, faster and more energy efficient without sacrificing performance. This drive extends from working out how to compress the business end of an outside broadcast (OB) truck into a single flight case to HD transmitters that a child can easily handle. None of this would have been thought possible just a few years ago, but a lot has changed. Today, miniaturisation is a competitive necessity. For electronic newsgathering (ENG) in particular, the move to produce lightweight, compact systems that enable a reporter to double as a cameraman, arriving at a scene, setting up and reporting — in minutes with no need for a separate engineer to establish connectivity — is crucial. Speed to air is allimportant today. Although the quality requirements of news, sports and live events continue to diverge, the need for rapid access to provide new story-telling perspectives with reliable technology remain similar. Fortunately, the miniaturisation of technology is almost keeping pace with the need for it, but you have to know where to look. Miniaturisation offers discretion, easier integration and much more freedom of movement. Static cameras still have their place, but audiences want to see news and events not just from places they have never been before, but from compelling points of view that make them feel engaged and “there”. To achieve this, cameras and their transmitters are trending towards lighter, smaller and increasingly robust wireless transmission systems. This gives broadcasters the ability to cover news, events and sports in ways that establish new benchmarks for creative work. Domo’s new SOLO7 OBTX transmitter is a good example of a transmitter specifically designed for creative ENG applications. It docks neatly onto all types of ENG cameras to enable them to follow the most extreme flavours of news or sports without falling at the first hurdle. But let’s not forget IP. Everyone is aware that IP is dramatically altering the broadcast landscape, including wireless transmission systems. Wireless transmitters that include IP-connectivity are the way forward for those transitioning to IP-based infrastructures. Our SOLO8 SDR takes this into account by including IP connectivity as part of its exceptionally high density of connectors. With its software-defined ability to perform multiple functions, the SOLO8 SDR reduces the need to find, or source, pesky bits of technology that were forgotten and left back at base. An example of this is how the SOLO8 SDR supports dual HD-SDI inputs plus USB and Ethernet I/O interfaces, and the Ethernet interface supports IP video streaming. This combination makes the SOLO8 SDR an all-in-one IP encoder, front-end recorder and COFDM TX. The transmitter also includes an ISM radio band telemetry receiver that enables return command and control that can not only be used to control in-built recording and power the unit on and off, but also has a return data link with sufficient capacity to support camera commands for colour and other parameters. Wired or wireless, cameras can be controlled remotely by an industry standard remote control panel (RCP). This is a key enabler in allowing mini-camera systems to be integrated into broadcast environments. And it’s that integration that has, in the past, been the problem. Stringing cables for many OB applications is nonsensical, and while many wireless approaches used to be unreliable and produced poor picture quality, this is no longer the case. Besides the SOLO7 OBTX modular camera back transmitter, we are now developing a new module that interfaces directly within the SOLO7 OBTX, transforming this already feature-rich radio into a class-leading ENG transmitter based on our SOLO8 SDR platform. The functionality that this radio offers for ENG is, to me, staggering. It provides full bidirectional communication and control from camera to studio, which means that and Dejero see continued growth in the live event and live production markets. “At the same time, we are seeing the migration of live coverage to bonded IP technology over Internet and 4G in a move away from more expensive satellite-based services. Due to this, we’ll continue to invest in the expansion of our services to our customers,” Mc Kiernan concludes. 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