Evertz delivers comprehensive UHD broadcast infrastructure solutions
At IBC 2022, Evertz will be showcasing a range of products designed to simplify the transition from SDI to All-IP infrastructures. By leveraging Evertz’s wealth of experience in this area, broadcasters, venues and stadiums can explore uncomplicated solutions that allow them to take advantage of the latest UHD technology (4K and 8K) regardless of the signal type used.
“We recognize that for some broadcasters it is not possible to migrate from SDI to all-IP infrastructures in one fell swoop, either because it is financially prohibitive or because it involves too much of a transition effort for the facility and staff.” , he says Fernando Solanes, Director of Solutions Engineering at Evertz. “However, thanks to our format-agnostic end-to-end solutions, this need not be an issue as our 12G-SDI solutions enable a hybrid approach, allowing facility operators to maximize the purchase of existing SDI equipment before fully committing to break new ground . Every part of the broadcast chain is covered by our products, from routers and switches to processing equipment and multiviewers, allowing broadcasters to use any signal type and in any combination they want, with the confidence that we are delivering technology for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”
One 12G-SDI solution that’s proving popular with broadcasters and OB trucks is NEXX, Evertz’s next-generation processing routing solution. This compact and robust product is completely passive and features a modular frame and main interface/backplane that offers redundant control and easy replacement of components including crosspoint, fans and I/O modules. With native full-audio shuffling and the ability to leverage additional licensable features, NEXX also offers an integrated, software-enabled multiviewer. This comes with 30+ pre-configured layouts and uses internal Evertz X-Link signaling to remain penalty-free and avoid unnecessary output usage.
NEXX is a 5RU router that supports up to 256×256 12G-SDI with 8 slots on the back, expandable to 384×384 non-blocking by utilizing the additional 4 AUX slots. For added flexibility, the built-in software-enabled multiviewers are made available on the NEXX crosspoints, allowing users to route them to any NEXX router output port. Ports are available on the NEXX router for discrete audio using MADI or TDM without sacrificing video I/O.
NEXX is controlled by MAGNUM-OS, which offers all popular user interfaces including traditional hardware router control panels, virtual web-based control panels and intelligent VUE control panels. MAGNUM-OS applies the same control flow benefits found in Evertz EQX-based systems to NEXX-based systems, shortening the learning curve for support and operations staff.
“NEXX has been designed to accommodate future IP and SMPTE ST 2110 I/O gateway modules, providing a way to integrate future IP expansions, protecting the investment and ensuring the platform grows with increasing customer requirements can,” adds Solanes.
Evertz offers new 12G crosspoints with redundancy for existing and new core EQX routing applications. The sizes for the new 12G crosspoints are 576×576 for the 26RU EQX frame, 288×288 for the 16U EQX frame and 180×180 for the 10U EQX frame. Customers looking to migrate to the ST 2110 with a large inventory of SDI-based devices can add EQX input and output modules with integrated IP encapsulation or de-encapsulation for power on/off ramping to/from an ST 2110 system.
Continuing the format-agnostic theme, Evertz also uses the IBC platform to showcase its latest multiviewer – the ev670-X30-HW-V2 Virtualized Media Processing Platform. Designed to make managing high quality video signals much easier and more efficient, this versatile product supports both 12G/3G/HD-SDI and IP interfaces. It also offers new applications (APPS) that can be configured on the platform’s FPGA-based processing cores to provide multiviewer, gateway and video, audio and additional data processing functions for SDI and IP.
Evertz will show the SCORPION Flexible Media Processing Platform for 12G-SDI signal processing and conversion. The SCORPION MIO-BLADE is a virtualized FPGA based module that offers a range of software apps that can be added to perform up/down/cross conversion, frame synchronization, IP media gateway, quad-to- Single link conversion, delay and HDR/SDR conversion. Customers can upgrade MIO-BLADE features by installing another app.
Many Evertz products support both 12G-SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 signals, and by choosing these Evertz customers they can gain a foothold in both camps without sacrificing the quality, flexibility or stability of their workflows.