Sweden’s broadcaster Sveriges Televison (SVT) and Net Insight have partnered with Grass Valley, to undertake remote IP production for the broadcast of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The production setup for the competition boasted the largest number of cameras deployed and the highest volume of remote signals – video, audio and data – transmitted to date from a live location to SVT.
Eighty LDX 86 Series cameras from Grass Valley delivered uncompressed HD signals over two 100 Gbps fiber circuits from Telia, to three control rooms at SVT’s Stockholm facility. Each circuit used Nimbra transport solutions from Net Insight, including the recently launched terabit capacity platform, the Nimbra 1060. Grass Valley’s unique DirectIP capability is central to this workflow, enabling the XCU base stations to be situated in the central equipment room in Stockholm, while the cameras were in the snowy hills of Åre. DirectIP hugely simplified the interconnections that needed to be made, allowing all the camera signals to connect straight into the XCU. This also enabled the shaders to match the cameras, without any delay, with fewer people traveling and in a comfortable environment in Stockholm.
The remote production workflow was set up to support a team of around 150 camera operators and technicians on location in Åre, with the rest of the production workflow and staff in Stockholm. The DirectIP configuration on the Grass Valley cameras enables highly efficient handling of uncompressed HD signal distribution. A Grass Valley Kayenne video production center switcher panel based in Åre gives the director access to a Grass Valley K-Frame X video production engine back at the studio. This sits alongside a multi-format Sirius 850 router that was purchased specifically for this event.