Mobile IP Live Production Studio
Sony Professional Solutions Europe, which is currently exhibiting at this year's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, has helped DPG Media create a next-generation mobile IP Live production studio and control room based on SMPTE ST2110.
Equipped with the company's most advanced solutions to date, the studio utilises several high-end Sony Studio cameras, Reference monitors, BRAVIA professional displays and a native IP multi-format switcher, DPG Media’s new studio can be deployed anywhere, at any time, to create engaging content for its TV channels, as well as its online newspapers, magazines and radio stations.
As part of a five-year contract, Sony is also providing DPG Media with a range of professional services. In addition to initial consultancy to develop a proof-of-concept and define the best system solution for their needs, these include installation services to set up the studio and support the deployment of Sony solutions. Extensive operational training has been rolled out for personnel, as well as ongoing remote and on-site support with annual maintenance and software updates to deliver consistent support for DPG Media Live operations.
The new studio has been designed to leverage IP Live technology and, in conjunction with a complementary service offering, enables DPG Media to scale and adapt its production capabilities to meet future industry requirements, such as 4K production or new IP protocols.
DPG Media’s new studio includes 10 Sony HDC-3500 system cameras, 9 compact HDC-P50 POV system cameras, one multi-format XVS-7000 IP Live switcher, 22 lightweight LCD reference monitors of various sizes, as well as a number of BRAVIA professional displays. These solutions integrate into an interoperable ecosystem of COTS network switches from Arista and production devices from both, LAWO and Leader, based on the SMPTE 2110 series of open standards. This allows DPG Media to create the first ever SMPTE 2110 enabled mobile IP Live control room that can be deployed virtually anywhere.
Chris Verhoeven, Director of Broadcast Operations for DPG Media, says:
"As one of Belgium’s leading media organisations, we continuously work to create timely, relevant and engaging content for our wide range of audiences. Recently it became clear that IP technology was the best way moving forward in terms of flexibility it can provides to our operations. Sony was our first choice to create a completely new IP-enabled studio to future-proof our production capabilities. Not only do we now have one of the most advanced IP Live production studios out there, but thanks to the ongoing support from Sony, we are ready to meet the future needs of our audiences across our whole media portfolio."