Arena Television has installed Synapse processing cards from Axon Digital Design to support format conversion in the IP domain.

Arena Television relies on Synapse for IP conversion

Already a user of Axon’s solutions, UK-based Arena Television expanded its OB fleet and installed the NIO440 Ethernet/SDI bridge and two new Synapse signal processing cards from Axon

Supporting Arena Television’s outside broadcast (OB) fleet expansion is Axon Digital Design, which has supplied its Synapse signal processing cards to the UK-based video production company. The cards, according to Axon, provide not only an Ethernet-SDI bridge but also the ability to convert from one format to another within the IP domain.

The Synapse signal processing cards have already been installed across Arena’s OB fleet, including its new triple-expanding OBX and OBY 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) multicast trucks. For the build of OB12, a new 17.5m double-expanding production and presentation unit, Arena installed Axon’s NIO440, a four-channel bidirectional Ethernet/SDI bridge, and two Synapse cards — the NUG220 and NGU220 — that resolve conversion within IP and 4K/UHD.

Dafydd Rees, deputy director of operations for Arena Television, explained: “Through our latest collaboration, we have created working IP solutions where native IP products are simply not yet available, and that integrate with the technologies we’ve deployed. This has enabled us to drive IP production forward.”

The NUG220 is a Synapse card that is able to bridge up to 2x 4K/UHD TiCO compressed streams into a dual 1080i/p SDI stream, or a dual 4K/UHD four-wire stream. It features a downconverter that bridges the TiCO compressed workflow to an HD workflow.

The NGU220 also bridges up to 2x 4K/UHD four-wire streams into a single 10Gb/s Ethernet stream using TiCO compression, and features an upconverter that also allows 1080i signals to be included into a 4K/UHD TiCO compressed workflow.

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