IBC 2010: Riedel Presents Artist 1100 Intercom Control Panel, New MediorNet Conversion Features

Riedel Communications, a manufacturer of intercom, fiber, audio, and radio technology, introduced two products at the IBC show in Amsterdam. For the Artist 1100 series, the company showcased a premium OLED control-key panel for Artist digital matrix intercoms; for the MediorNet platform, it rolled out additional video and media cards as well as new conversion features.

The Artist 1100 series integrates displays into the panel keys of a new control panel, which features OLEDs with 65,000 colors and 140-dip resolution. The new displays can show up to eight characters of up to 24×24 pixels, ideal for icon displays. The keys have definable marker colors, offering additional labeling options and providing function identification and signalization.

“The intercom world as we know it is changing dramatically,” says Thomas Riedel, managing director of Riedel Communications. “Demands for the more flexible labeling of talk keys and additional functionality are growing. With the new Artist 1100 series control panels, we are able to provide solutions to all of these demands. As studio-technology integration is progressing, we see intercom panels becoming a more universal user interface, which could also include audio or video routing. The 1100 series panel is already prepared for this.”

Individual rotary encoders are included on the panel to adjust the listen level of every talk key, and all panels provide five dedicated function keys, built-in loudspeaker, an XLR headset connector, and a removable gooseneck microphone. Also provided for system-wide programming are three GPIs and three GPOs, as well as two sets of balanced-line-level audio inputs and outputs. An expansion slot for additional modules future-proofs the control panel as well.

The panel provides both BNC and Cat 5 connectors, ensuring an entirely digital connection to the matrix via AES. The second AES audio channel allows the panel to transport broadcast-quality audio in addition to the intercom application, which is ideal for commentary positions. With an efficient circuit design and integrated power supply, the panel consumes 50% less power and generates less heat than the 1000 Series.

MediorNet’s software-based processing provides new conversion functionalities, including up/down scaling and crossconversion, all in broadcast quality. Also new for MediorNet are integrated timecode display, timecode generation, and timecode distribution, which expand the system’s usability and monitoring features. The display now shows connection status, distribution status, signal status, destination or source of the video inputs and outputs, and integrated quad split.

A new MediorNet universal video card, the MN-HD6IO, provides two inputs, two outputs, and two universal connectors that can be defined by the user as inputs or outputs, expanding the connectivity of a MediorNet mainframe by 50%. The HD/SDI card also offers a 30% cost saving.

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