Logic Media Solutions orchestrate an IP migration in ZDF and ARD German broadcasters

German broadcasters ZDF and ARD have upgraded to full IP functionality the essential core components of their mobile production units. Logic Media Solutions has been in charge of this IP migration process. These mobile production units are used jointly by ZDF and ARD for events which, due to their size and complexity, cannot be handled with conventional OB vans or on-site studio.

The system offers flexibility and scalability, making unexpected expansions and the temporary integration of additional rental equipment possible. The system is currently in use at the EURO 2020, providing the production infrastructure at the National Broadcast Centre (NBC) in Mainz after receiving signals from the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) located near Amsterdam. And for UEFA Euro 2021, the system has been scalated with the use of additional EVS servers.

During the configuration for the European Championship Logic implemented components from its partners and third-party devices. The MPE racks operate based on SMPTE 2110, SMPTE 2022-7 redundant, including NMOS (IS-04/IS-05). They are PTP-compliant and can handle 1500 video connections and up to 5000 audio connections in their entirety.

About the technology in detail, Logic implemented Grass Valley IQUCP systems as gateways and Grass Valley MV821 multiviewers in the racks. Other third-party devices were also used as gateways, multiviewers and processing devices, as 1080i to 1080p converters. Nevion Virtuoso devices serve as gateways and for advanced monitoring of incoming and outgoing lines. The audio matrix is also realised with two additional Nevion Virtuoso units, which allow 2048×2048 MADI connections. Interestingly, Nevion’s VideoIPath is used as an SDN orchestration layer, providing a control layer for the broadcast controller between the end devices and the network.

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