Smoke & Mirrors deploys new router tech

Post-production firm installs Platinum IP3 from Imagine Communications
Steve Reynolds, CTO, Imagine Communications.
Steve Reynolds, CTO, Imagine Communications.


International post production company Smoke & Mirrors, based in London, has deployed a new routing and signal distribution platform from Imagine Communications.

The platform, called Platinum IP3, is part of a multimillion pound investment by Smoke & Mirrors as it moves to the latest technology and workflows.

The solution, which was supplied by UK distributor Thameside TV, will allow Smoke & Mirrors to expand its initial 225 x 288, 3 Gb/s-ready configuration.

“We have a lot of experience with Imagine Communications' networking infrastructure and primarily chose the Platinum IP3 router for its ability to handle frame synchronisation, mux and demux, as well as path to the IP future,” said George Cook, head of engineering at Smoke & Mirrors. “The Platinum IP3 gives us all the security we can wish for, particularly with its built-in redundancy and the ability to hot-swap components for maintenance and expansion. It is something we can rely on now and build on as our future requirements develop.”

Imagine Communications’ Platinum IP3 routers combine a robust architecture with a path to an IP-enabled future and modular functionality including mixed-format video and audio routing, multiplexing and demultiplexing, multiviewers and advanced I/O support.

Supporting up to 576x1024 signal routing in a single 28RU frame, Platinum IP3 can scale to matrices beyond 2Kx2K in multi-frame configurations, while its redundant crosspoints protect all signals — including multiviewers — to maximise reliability.

Smoke & Mirrors was founded in 1995 in London as a specialist visual effects and post production company.


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