TF1, a French broadcaster, has installed the Cerebrum master control software from Axon Digital Design to manage its new distributed router. Designed as a customisable control and monitoring system, Cerebrum is packed with advanced functionalities and a broad range of features required to manage the broadcaster’s audio/video processing, multiviewer and tally/UMD equipment.
Cyril Bernard, support and system manager for TF1, explained: “When we planned to replace our traditional central router with a new Riedel distributed audio/video router, we realised that we needed a versatile control system that could handle incoming feeds and audio returns for our control rooms.
“We looked at various systems on the market but chose Cerebrum because it met all our criteria, and was simple to use that even non-technical staff such as journalists could easily get to grips with it.”
By acting as the core centre for all routing, Cerebrum simplifies multi-device monitoring and control onto one interface. Moreover, it supports a wide range of devices from different manufacturers — including routers, production switchers, servers, receiver decoders, multiviewers and waveform monitors — using either simple network management protocol (SNMP) or third-party protocols.
Richard Couzon, business development manager for France and French-speaking countries, Axon, said: “TF1’s set-up requires complex switching to take place in a very short timeframe, so they needed a system that could be customised to meet their exact needs.”
He added: “Although router control was the main requirement, TF1 also wanted a system that could be expanded to other devices such as multiviewers, intercom systems and tallies.
“Cerebrum met all of these criteria and is also cost-effective.”