IBC 2017

Croatel Goes Ultra-High-Definition With Evertz

Evertz has announced the launch of Croatel’s latest UHD outside broadcast truck UHD OB 5 with a complete Evertz UHD infrastructure solution.

Croatel, an independent production and playout facility service provider based in Zagreb, Croatia, was formed in 1994 as the first licensed satellite service provider company in the country. Croatel has been active on the market for over 20 years, offering HDTV sports production and professional satellite communication services.

Croatel has launched its new UHD OB5 truck built on a Volvo FM 420 chassis; with native support for 4K/UHD live production workflows, a first in the south-east European market. UHD OB5 features a robust SDI infrastructure with an Evertz 288×288 EQX router at its core providing audio embedding and deembedding abilities and additional XLINK outputs for multiviewing purposes. Acting as the audio portion of the core router system, the Evertz EMR audio router integrates embedded audio, discrete AES, analogue audio and MADI audio as well as A-Link audio connections directly in and out of a Studer Vista 5 M3 Audio mixer providing ultra-flexible any-to-any mono routing capabilities. Signal conversion and distribution functions are handled by Evertz SDI distribution amplifiers and 7814UDX-AES8-4K UHD up/down/cross converters, which can be optionally provisioned for HDR cross transformation. Evertz’ 3067VIP multi image display processor, the industry’s most advanced multiviewer with support for signal formats including SDI, HDMI, J2K, RDD37 (ASPEN), ST 2022-6 and 2110 is being utilized for onboard monitoring. In addition, Evertz’ 5601MSC Master Timing Generator, a fully integrated timing solution, with all of the synchronization signals required for an OB truck, is being utilized.

“UHD event production is in growing demand and we require an OB Truck solution with a native UHD workflow,” said Tonko Barac, managing director of Croatel. “Evertz’ robust UHD solution, which enabled a seamless end-to-end UHD workflow met our critical requirements and enabled us to be the leader in UHD mobile production in Europe.”

“Evertz is the industry’s only supplier of end-to-end UHD solutions for both SDI and IP applications. This is mandatory in order to custom tailor a solution for every customer’s requirements,” said Michael Lewis, Product Manager, Modular Products at Evertz Technologies Limited. “Croatel is a leader in UHD mobile event production in Europe with UHD OB5 and we congratulate them on a successful launch and look forward to working with them on future projects.”

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