TV Skyline's new UHD OB van goes MADI for DirectOut routing

TV Skyline van OB8 desk
Neal Romanek
January 13th 2016 at 9:18AM : By Neal Romanek

The heart of the vehicle's distribution system is DirectOut’s M.1k2 1024 x 1024 MADI router

German TV tech service provider has rolled out its new UHD OB van, OB8. The new production vehicle features DirectOut routing technology.

Big brother to the OB7, delivered in 2014, the OB8 houses up to 30 UHD cameras and is capable of multi-format 4k production. The OB3 accommodates up to 32 workstations with IP technology combining video and audio hardware into one system, which includes a Lawo mc²56 digital audio console, a Dolby 5.1 monitoring system plus various high-end converters and a MADI matrix from DirectOut. 

DirectOut’s M.1k2 1024 x 1024 MADI router distributes the available signals and acts as a MADI format converter between optical single-mode and multi-mode streams and coaxial signals. Whilst the stage boxes are connected to the Lawo mc²56 via RAVENNA IP technology, an ANDIAMO.MC microphone preamplifier with MADI interface from DirectOut is connected to the console and controlled via Lawo’s proprietary Dallis protocol, allowing for convenient and cost-effective integration of analog mic/line signals. An ANDIAMO.AES AES/MADI converter in the control room complements the DirectOut mic preamp, enabling the integration of additional AES signals into the MADI system.

TV Skyline OB van OB8 exterior

More ANDIAMO converters are deployed in the van’s video section. Two ANDIAMO 2 AD/DA converters are daisy-chained in order to capture the two microphone signals of each camera unit and to send two feeds to the camera units containing, for example, the mix. An ANDIAMO 2.XT AD/DA/AES converter establishes the MADI link to the support van for, amongst other things, the integration of eight external key panels from Riedel via AES. 

In addition to the DirectOut components built in to OB8, TV Skyline also has access to a DirectOut SPLIT.CONVERTER MuSiCo with optical single-mode and multi-mode ports when required.
“DirectOut products offer excellent conversion properties along with flexibility and reliability at a superb price/performance ratio in a very small footprint – something not to be underestimated in an OB van," said TV Skyline sound engineer Andreas L. Hain. "Our positive experience with the support we received from DirectOut in finding solutions and implementing them convinced us once again to rely on products from Mittweida for this project.”

TV Skyline OB van OB8 interior