Slomo.tv Dominator AT/3G servers installed in Moscow’s TV Centre OB vehicle
Slomo.tv, an international producer of cost effective, high performance server-based video recording and replay systems, has announced the successful completion of a project that sees the installation of two Dominator AT/3G production servers at the Moscow broadcaster TV Centre. The servers have been installed and commissioned in the centre’s main OB vehicle, where they replace two EVS LSM XT2 servers.
The server installation is a key element of a major upgrade of the OB truck, enabling it to process a diversity of new video and data formats, such as 3G as well as continuing to support legacy formats. The customer, TVC, specified a production workflow that handles DVCPro HD and AVC Intra video files, which are standard functions of Slomo.tv’s Dominator AT/3G server.
Another key requirement was a super compact footprint. During comparison tests with five other manufacturers, Dominator AT/3G proved to be superior when measured against many parameters, including cost efficiency. Already installed and commissioned, the two server systems support 32 cameras within the OB truck environment where space saving is a priority. A key feature of the Dominator AT/3G installation which helps save rack space is the unit’s internal multi-viewers.
After the upgrade, the TV Centre’s OB truck can record up to 24 channels of HD video using ProRes 422 / DVCPro HD codec or 16 channels with XAVC 100Mbit codec. In replay mode, the two servers can support four operator workplaces with six individual cameras at each workplace. The servers are connected by a 10Gb network to facilitate clip and Playlist exchange. Thanks to their built-in 8 DMR tool-less/tray-less racks for standard 3.5″ SATA spin discs, Dominator AT/3G records incoming video in native formats on discs, which can be physically extracted and transported to NLE systems. Moreover, the 10GbE interface allows recording to an external NAS archive, which provides additional redundancy to the system.
The upgraded OB truck is already in use, helping to cover the most important Moscow city events. “We are extremely happy with our choice of Dominator AT/3G replay servers, moreover we are also very happy with the overall Slomo.tv service and support,” commented Alexei Brusnitsky, CTO at the Moscow Broadcast Centre. “They conducted excellent training for all our operators, so switching to the new systems was completely painless.”