Game Creek Video counts on IHSE KVM switch for NBC Sports PeacockOne Production Truck.
Cranbury, New Jersey – July 14, 2015-Over the July 4th weekend, Game Creek Video helped set history with the introduction a new state-of-the-art mobile production unit to mark NBC Sports return to NASCAR broadcasting. The Game Creek Video and NBS Sports combination was premiered at the historic Daytona International Speedway a week before the actual aired events to prepare for the main event scheduled July 5th. Game Creek Video, as the remote production provider to NBC Sports, built “PeacockOne” using two 53 ft.expando units. The two units, PeacockOne andPeacockOne B, will be used to provide full coverage of the NASCAR scheduled events throughout the rest of the 2015 racing season. Featured as a key component to this specially designed production unit is an IHSE high performance KVM matrix system used to maximize efficiency for instant replays and video production management.
The addition of IHSE’s KVM matrix switchers in PeacockOne follows Game Creek Video’s recent decision to install IHSE’s KVM equipment in their FX-HD, Riverhawk and Spirit trucks. Game Creek was one of the first mobile production companies to recognize the level of connectivity IHSE’s KVM matrix allowed to production teams. Through a few key stroke commands, a workstation can have the use of any available server by instantly connecting the workstation to a specific server. Pre-configured and stored connection paths allow the replay operators to instantly connect to their data servers with no interruption to work flow.
Game Creek’s truck design moved the playout and graphics rooms to PeacockOne B and retained the Engineering and main equipment racks in the A unit. So, as with any multiple truck unit, a critical design requirement was how to transparently allow any workstation access to any server connected to the KVM system – no matter if the workstation was in the A unit or B unit.
“PeacockOne was designed to push the boundaries for mobile production and we needed a KVM system that helped us meet the critical challenges of shared A/B unit replay sources,” said Jason Taubman, Vice President of Design and New Technology at Game Creek Video. “With the success we had in all our other trucks, it was an easy decision to incorporate the IHSE matrix intoPeacockOne.”
To solve the requirements of shared Replay operations between the A/B units, Game Creek selected the Draco tera enterprise 160 port matrix as the primary KVM for PeacockOne A and added a draco compact hybrid 32 fiber/48 copper matrix to PeacockOne B as the expansion KVM. The two KVM matrix systems use 32 fiber interconnects to tieline the units as a single KVM switch system. The KVM grid system connects 24 EVS instant replay sources and 3 IP Director Stations. Software control of the two KVM matrices was handled via IHSE USA’s Grid Manager – a bundled software package allowing up to 16 matrix frames to be integrated into a single control environment. Game Creek used a combination of IHSE’s Draco vario series of extenders supporting DVI and VGA throughout both units. Each matrix switch included redundant power and connected via a standard network interface for administration setup and diagnostics through IHSE’s tera tool utility software.
IHSE’s KVM flex-port technology provided huge time savings for pre-configuring ports to specific I/O requirements. The Draco tera compact and enterprise switch systems include instant switching technology allowing quick switching between different formats and display resolutions. Switching between sources was glitch-free and instantaneous thus eliminating the typical eye strain and annoying tear with less robust systems.
For extending signals to and from the matrix, Game Creek used the IHSE 474 series extenders for DVI and VGA. Optional daughter cards were added to include RS-422 control signals.
About Game Creek Video (www.gamecreekvideo.com)
Located in Hudson, N.H., Game Creek was founded in 1993 with a very simple concept - to provide their customers with top quality television production units, top quality support and coordination, and most importantly, the highest quality engineering. Game Creek's customers include ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC and many others. For more information visit Game Creek at www.gamecreekvideo.com
About IHSE USA
IHSE USA is a leading provider of KVM (keyboard, video & mouse) products supporting long distance signal extenders and switching for DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, USB, audio and RS-232 serial data. For 30 years, IHSE, a global original design manufacture, has been developing new and innovative ways of supporting next generation products for KVM and signal extenders. IHSE technology is deployed worldwide by public and private organizations such as broadcasting, post production, government and military, medical, financial and oil & petroleum industries. The company offers a complete line of DVI and HDMI video extenders over Cat-X or Fiber optic cables for “mission critical” video and data access.
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