Claret, France (July 31, 2008)–NETIA’s new NodalMaster software is being used by Eurosport, a European sports multimedia platform, to streamline reception and routing of audio/video feeds across its all-digital broadcast center, situated near Paris.
Installed in the Eurosport master control room, NETIA’s NodalMaster provides a single interface for controlling all the routing and processing equipment in a nodal suite, from A/V program schedules to A/V tuning equipment and monitoring devices, while enabling operators to make links or switch from any source to any target.
“With its NodalMaster software, NETIA offers an intuitive solution for managing the very high volume of feeds that enter our facility,” said StÈphane Pierre, engineering and maintenance at Eurosport. “By addressing each element of the transmission process, NodalMaster simplifies our master control operations and allows our technical staff to deliver audio and video accurately and with minimal adjustment to the A/V equipment within the delivery chain.”
NETIA’s NodalMaster, part of the company’s OpenNET range, allows operators in the Eurosport master control room to control the entire chain in receiving a particular feed from a specific source–for example a tennis match on a designated satellite–at a set time and subsequently generating an SDI signal and delivering audio and video to the appropriate location within the broadcast center. In managing this process, NodalMaster controls fixed and mobile antennas, Eurosport’s HF grid, and integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs). NodalMaster streamlines handling of incoming feeds, enabling operators to receive and route multiple simultaneous feeds with efficiency.
Eurosport’s master control room staff can prepare transmissions either in advance or in real time, choosing sources and their associated destinations. NodalMaster provides a grouped visualization of all switches related to a given transmission event, along with grouped audio and video processing for main switches. The software system, which is compatible with 5.1 audio and HD content, allows audio feeds to be handled independently of video.