All Mobile Video’s new Eclipse OB van, built for 4K/HDR production on Cisco leaf-spine network architecture, features Bridge Technologies’ VB440 IP probe for video monitoring and analysis.

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Video and audio services provider All Mobile Video (AMV), serving clients around the world out of New York City, has built a new production truck named ‘Eclipse’ that operates on a Cisco leaf-spine network architecture. It follows ST2022-7 for total redundancy, and will incorporate both 4K and HDR production abilities.

To facilitate monitoring, analysis and visualisation of high-bit rate broadcast media content, as defined by the ST2110 and ST2022-6 standards, AMV has purchased a VB440 IP probe from Bridge Technologies. The VB440 supports HD, 4K, SDR, HDR and combinations of immersive audio, which allows AMV’s engineering and production teams to continuously monitor all layers of media transport, on both redundancy layers, in real time.

Handling this sale was Bridge’s US business partner 2110 Solutions, who specialise in consultation on and implementation of IP-based production tools for broadcasters. 
The VB440 is expected to be especially useful in the applications the Eclipse truck is built for, because the information it generates applies to both technical network engineering and on-the-fly creative decisions. It can be accessed by multiple users from their own HTML-5 browser-based layouts that can be configured to meet each user’s specific need.

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This means that AMV needs to devote less rack and desk space to monitoring than they would need for a series of probes, as well as using less energy. Furthermore, the VB440 handles many different functions that would normally call for individual, single purpose rack equipment. Its design results in greater efficiency inside OB vans and remote broadcast environments, plus many applications in conventional studios.
Its functionality incorporates a range of audio and video scopes, including HDR preview on SDR screens and 5.1/7.1 audio review across stereo. It handles JPEG XS analysis, and signal generation to make studio set-up more efficient. By combining these features, the VB440 quickly delivers analytics of compressed and uncompressed data, and operators and engineers have the insight they need, when it is needed, for error-free delivery of live and recorded broadcasts on-location and from remote locations. 
Paul Butkiewicz, Technical Supervisor for All Mobile Video, talked about the new integration. “The VB440 probe has become an essential tool on the truck for live event production. We use it to sweep and compare all the devices for errors across both redundancy layers to assure device, QSFP (quad small form factor pluggable) and signal flow integrity, both before the truck rolls out of the bay and during live productions,” he said.

“Because the Eclipse covers high-profile events, it’s critical to use notifications and alarms to know when errors occur on any of our sources and remote feeds. We’ve been really impressed with the ease of integration of the VB440 and how straightforward it has been to get it working in our NMOS environment.”