Mediatec serves Australian Open Tennis Tournament with Ross routing platform

Mediatec Asia Pacific wrapped up its service provision for the Australian Open Tennis Tournament last January using Ross Video’s Ultrix routing switcher platform. Mediatec used Ultrix to distribute live feeds across the eight control rooms used during the tournament for stadium production and patron screens.

They needed the ability to route video together with the audio that was being processed in their audio console to these remote areas – as well as monitor these feeds from their Master Control Room. “With Ultrix, we were able to take video feeds, and separate audio sources from our mixing console, multiplex them together inside the router, and then send out a single video feed with new embedded audio. The integrated Ultriscape multi-viewer, allowed us to monitor these feeds,” explained Steve Letch. “All this was accomplished within the same Ultrix chassis. This saved a substantial amount of equipment, cabling and setup.”

The Ultrix platform provided Mediatec with the flexibility required to successfully cover the Australian Open. Because Ultrix’s features can be added via software, without requiring additional specialised hardware, Ultrix provides Mediatec the means to modify their frames as needed — based on the applications they are being deployed into.

“Because Ultrix can support video and audio routing, embedding/deembedding, discrete audio and multiviewers all in 1 or 2RU chassis sizes, it brings down our complexity significantly. It’s easy to operate, and our maintenance and engineering staff has a much simpler job wiring, configuring, and maintaining the system.”

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