Riedel Communications Integrates MediorNet with Grass Valley Cameras

Riedel Communications and Grass Valley revealed the new MediorNet interface card for integrating Grass Valley cameras into MediorNet fiber networks at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam.

The new MediorNet MN-GV-2 card allows the user to network Grass Valley 3G camera systems and base station including the LDK and the brand new LDX series via MediorNet. This provides a solution for routing bi-directional camera signals including all embedded audio and telemetry control data through the MediorNet fiber infrastructure. MediorNet’s network approach allows the free assignment of cameras to any Base Station / CCU within the network, providing unparalleled flexibility in set-ups and eliminating the need for re-wiring when production configurations change.

In addition, the network’s point-to-multipoint capability allows a camera video signal to be routed to several outputs. Ultimately, the Grass Valley camera system becomes an integrated part of the MediorNet backbone solution for signal distribution streamlining production scenarios, sports broadcasting applications, and fixed installations.

The MediorNet MN-GV-2 card provides two Grass Valley 3G fiber ports that either connect to Grass Valley cameras or base stations. The card fits into MediorNet Modular Mainframes occupying a single card slot with at least two high-speed ports.

Riedel also presented its new RockNet expansion solutions for SSL consoles and Soundcraft SI Compact consoles.

Solid State Logic and Riedel Communications developed in close collaboration the next generation RockNet firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface that allows intelligent interfacing between RockNet Digital Audio Networks and SSL mixing consoles. This makes the SSL console an integrated part of the RockNet system including remote control of all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned and unique Independent Gain feature. Independent Gain allows several mixing consoles to operate with the same mic pre-amps without affecting each other. While the master-console is controlling the analog gain of the pre-amps remotely, all other consoles operate with emulated pre-amps just as if they were also controlling the actual mic input. This makes multi-console and recording setups very convenient.

The new RN.344.SI card provides RockNet integration for any Soundcraft SI Compact console via the console’s expansion slot. In its first firmware release the card supports 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. A wordclock output is available at the front panel. A rotary switch is provided for device identification and selection of up to 16 programmable routing tables. The RN.344.SI enables the respective Soundcraft product to become a part of the RockNet digital audio network and enables remote control of any RockNet microphone pre-amplifier. The RN.344.SI also supports RockNet’s Independent Gain Feature.

The portfolio of RockNet interfaces for console integration includes dedicated solutions for Yamaha, Studer, Soundcraft, and SSL consoles as well as a MADI unit for integrating consoles from additional brands. RockNet allows consoles from various manufacturers to operate simultaneously within the same audio network.

RockNet is a digital real-time audio network that provides up to 160 digital audio channels over a single counter-rotating CAT-5 ring. RockNet offers supreme audio quality with up to 96 kHz/24 bit and a dynamic range of up to 117 dB. Based on a redundant ring topology, RockNet forms a self-healing redundant network with no loss of audio in case of a connection fault between two devices.

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