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Apactac’s Mi-16 supports sports broadcasting for VIDI

VIDI purchased a total of 72 Mi-16 multiviewer units, which will be installed across 12 stadiums and the International Broadcast Centre for coverage of an upcoming international football tournament

At a football match in Germany last year, VIDI, a global provider of broadcast transmission solutions and services, installed multiple Apantac’s Mi-16 multiviewers to support the coverage. Apantac multiviewers provided visual monitoring of all the video transmission between on-site venues and the production centre. In addition, the transmissions were able to be remotely monitored from the VIDI control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Building on this successful partnership, VIDI has once again chosen Apantac Mi-16 multiviewers for an upcoming international football event. VIDI has purchased 72 Mi-16 multiviewer units, which will be housed on pre-wired racks at each of the 12 remote on-location stadiums, as well as at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC).

Each set of three equipment racks is equipped with video-over-IP transport equipment via JPEG2000 compression, seven Apactec Mi-16 multiviewers, as well as other measurement and ancillary devices. VIDI will also combine four SDI outputs from Mi-16 units to drive 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) displays, which will monitor 64 transmission links at the same time. The remaining three Mi-16 multiviewers will then drive a single 1080p display for monitoring 16 links each.

Additionally, the 4K/UHD signals at the remote sites will each be encoded into four video streams via 2SI 3G links, with each link monitored by one Mi-16 input and connected to the IBC control centre via a fibre network where the rest of the transmission equipment resides, and from where all signals will be received, distributed and controlled.

Karsten Winterberg, technical director of VIDI, explained: “We chose Apantac Mi-16 multiviewers for its many advantages. In addition to having the full feature set that we required, the Mi-16 offers high-quality monitoring at a cost-effective price, compact form taking up much less space, and low power consumption creating less heat than traditional solutions.

“In fact, thanks to the Mi-16 depth of only 25cm, some of the multiviewers are mounted at the back of racks behind patch panels, thus saving rack space.”

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