Imagine goes on tour at NAB

Imagine and Touring Video collaborate to power 4K live production in TV4 Truck
Touring Video's TV4 production trailer is on display at NAB.
Touring Video's TV4 production trailer is on display at NAB.


Imagine Communications and Touring Video, a mobile production company for the entertainment industry, are showcasing UHDTV-1 production at NAB 2015.

The demonstration of an entire 4K workflow with 1080p60 resolution, powered by Imagine Communications’ large scale routers, multiviewers and signal processing, is being shown in Touring Video’s TV4 53’ production trailer. The trailer also includes Imagine Communications’ new Selenio MCP Up and Down converters for 4K.

“Imagine Communications has been a reliable strategic partner for our business for the last decade, equipping our production trailers and flypacks with advanced technologies that ensure a seamless and high-quality remote broadcast, while offering on-the-ground support that is second to none,” said Doug Armstrong, president and founder, Touring Video. “Having a 3G backbone on our TV4 truck made it much easier and more cost effective to transition to UHD using existing infrastructure. This is not a proof of concept—it is a fully functional solution that is able to roll off the show floor and produce an 10+-camera UHD show today.”

A key enabler in the TV4 trailer is the recently deployed Platinum IP3 router, which integrates mixed-format video and audio routing, multiviewer functionality, mux/demux, frame sync and advanced I/O options such as MADI and fibre — all within a single, space-saving frame. This 3G router provides the quad linking and scalability necessary to make UHD possible today.

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The Selenio Media Convergence Platform offers advanced multichannel, multi-format modules for video and audio processing, compression and multiplexing – including Imagine Communications’ industry-leading SEL-1UHD-U and SEL-1UHD-D up and down converters for 4K. Other solutions deployed in the TV4 production truck include low-latency Platinum SX Pro Multiviewers, QVM6800+T quad multiviewer plug-in cards and Selenio X50 intelligent frame synchronizer/ converters, all coordinated through a Magellan router control panel. TV4 also features Sony’s new ICP X7000 switcher control panel, UHD-4K cameras, monitors and 4K server solutions.

“Touring Video is well recognised by the Hollywood community for best-in-class production, and we have been thrilled to support this innovative company by enabling remote technology breakthroughs,” said Steve Reynolds, chief technology officer, Imagine Communications.

“Touring Video has combined the Imagine Communications networking products to deliver what is basically an optical and long-distance extension of the truck’s I/O, while future-proofing the environment for 4K. The TV4 I/O supports an extensive onboard fiber infrastructure that includes direct connectivity to the IP3 router from single-mode fiber with built-in connectivity to copper. This forward-thinking approach eliminates the need to use third-party throwdown converters between fiber devices and traditional truck I/O’s, which is prevalent in mobile production.”

The Touring Video mobile truck is being demonstrated at Sony’s booth (C11001).


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