MediaHub Australia has migrated its Master Control environment from a traditional SDI platform to a COTS and SMPTE 2022-6/7 and 2110 IP platform based on EVS infrastructure.


TAG VS: EVS Neuron IP gateways and Cerebrum broadcast control systems along with TAG multi-viewers are at the heart of the new setup

“Our key requirements were to have flexible gateways or server devices to convert any incoming signal format from various service providers – who deliver as SDI/IP/ASI – to a standard IP format SMPTE-2022-6/7 or SMPTE 2110 for our MCR to process,” said MediaHub executive head of technology, Simon Scott. “One of the key needs was operational control surfaces to provide the same touch and feel of a traditional SDI routing system, but with the signals being managed in IP workflows. The EVS-based solution proposed by Magna satisfied all of these criteria.”

The gateway devices needed to be flexible, have a small footprint and include support of advanced video processing such as sync, audio shuffling, legalising, audio processing, picture and up/down convert so signals can be made good on the entry point into the MCR platform without the need for banks of traditional modular processing cards.

Scott continued: “The core MCR system is being built with standard Common off the Shelf or COTS-based IT equipment including network switches and servers and any processing past the conversion gateways is done on standard IT equipment.”

The core part of Magna’s solution includes EVS Neuron IP gateways, EVS Cerebrum broadcast control systems and TAG multi-viewers.

The Magna EVS solution will enable new workflows for MediaHub’s MCR, including 4K, HDR and workflows that are in native IP. This in turn allows for a smooth transition between the current operations to the new IP paradigm with boundless expansion capability.

Magna’s EVS-based IP solution for Media Hub Australia is due to be installed and operational in the first quarter of 2021.