French broadcaster TF1 invests in Apantac Multiviewers for Parisian facility

TF1 has purchased Apantanc TAHOMA Multiviewers for its main facility in Paris. The pre-sales and sales support were managed by long-time Apantac partner, Magic Hour.

The purchase includes a TAHOMA DE-16 Universal Multiviewer, a DL-4+12 Hybrid Multiviewer, and a Cynergy license, Apantac’s light Client Server Virtual KVM switch application.

The TAHOMA DE Series of Universal Multiviewers support 4-16 HDMI, DVI, VGA, YPbPr, PAL/NTSC inputs and optional 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs. The TAHOMA DL Series of Hybrid Multiviewers accepts a mix of Multimedia HDMI, DVI, VGA, YPbPr and Broadcast 3G/HD/SD SDI, PAL/NTSC inputs. HDCP protected HDMI signals are supported.

The Apantac multiviewers feed a 3×2 display wall with six large high resolution LCD monitors. The Multiviewers are installed in TF1’s ‘cockpit’ control room, a centrally location whereby the technical team can monitor signals and equipment throughout the main TF1 facility including: SDI outputs from Multiviewers used in studios, continuity, for off-air monitoring, VGA signals from the SNMP manager with a real-time logs of alarms and equipment status view, DVI signals from the playlist computer, VGA and DVI signals from various computers managing glueware, matrices, or displaying a transmitters’ status map, real-time audience as well as a rasterizer output.

“One of the key purchasing decision factors for us to partner with Apantac was the fact that its TAHOMA Multiviewers offer us the ability to mix and match broadcast and multimedia/computer inputs on the same displays. We are also very pleased with the excellent display quality of the computer sources,” comments Cyril Bernard, systems and studio support manager, systems division.

Another instrumental feature for TF1 choosing Apantac was the Cynergy Virtual KVM Switch application. It allows TF1 to simultaneously visualise computer outputs on the monitor wall and control them from a single console. Moving the mouse across the computer virtual output windows allows TF1 to gain immediate control of them.

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