Ross Video solutions for UHD in 12G-SDI was employed to realise the maximum potential of the unit and ease of operation.
The new nine-metre 4K-UHD OB van, which was recently delivered to Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center, has been installed with Ross Video technology to streamline workflow. This OB unit features a layout that maximises the internal space, allowing interoperability between the different production areas: the main production area (comprising a monitor wall and a replay and character generator station), the audio room with its custom acoustic insulation, and the engineering and camera control area that enables control of up to eight fibre plus two wireless cameras.
Each area, including the racks, features a fully redundant air conditioning system in order to help the unit endure the challenging weather conditions and operate under any circumstances. In addition, the OB unit has an automatic levelling and stabilisation system that can be operated by remote control, and a logic system for controlling mechanical movements and transport conditions.
The signals workflow was engineered to realise the maximum potential of the unit and ease of operation. To achieve this, Ross Video solutions for UHD in 12G-SDI were employed. The Acuity production switcher installed onboard is designed to handle live events, easily adapting to evolving technology in the video production industry. At its side, the XPression Studio character generator is an industry-standard real-time motion graphics generation system, fully compatible with the new 12G format.
In addition, the Abekas Tria+ replay server promises to fit perfectly into the workflow, with the real-time monitoring function and its support for a huge spectrum of resolutions and formats (including 4K-UHD, HD and SD).
At the core of the system, is the Ultrix 12G routing/AV processing platform. Ultrix has an unprecedented number of features packed into a modestly-sized chassis and provides significant savings in terms of space, power, time and cost.
Its MultiViewer functionality lets the operator check the quality of all audio and video signals, while the frame synchronisation and the UHD gearboxing makes this device perfect for handling any external signals you need to bring into the production.
Moreover, since redundancy is at the centre of the design philosophy for ARET, all the video sources are accessible both from the video switcher and the video router. This choice, together with Ultrix’s quiet switching functionality, aims to guarantee a backup production solution in the extreme case of video switcher failure.
The system is equipped with a wide variety of audio and video glue products including the Ross openGear platform.
Finally, the DashBoard control interface enables the whole system to be configured and controlled very easily, all via a mixture of prebuilt and user-designed touchscreen control panels. Of particular note here is the Ultritouch monitoring and control solution – a fully customisable touchscreen control solution capable of operating as a normal router panel and also as standalone DashBoard interface, allowing the operator to control and configure whatever is in the Dashboard workflow in a new and unique way.