Riedel MediorNet Networked Video Signals At X Games

At the production of the 16th X Games, ESPN used a multi-node MediorNet installation from Riedel Communications to distribute video signals between the different locations for the live event. MediorNet, a fiber-based signal transport solution with point-to-multipoint capabilities, provided a network allowing the routing of more than 30 video signals. Six MediorNet mainframes with 40 inputs and 48 outputs fed video walls and commentary positions with information and program from the different event locations. The installation connected the Tech hub on Georgia St., the production suite on 11th St., the patch room, the Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, Nokia Plaza, and the Park/Street venue located at L.A. Live’s event deck.

“The versatile MediorNet system made connecting our different venues remarkably more efficient and it gave us flexibility that we haven’t had before, allowing us to create the best show possible for our spectators,” says Molly MacDonald, Director Event Production at ESPN X Games.

Due to MediorNet’s flexible routing capabilities, MediorWorks last-minute changes could be realized during the show without interruption in signal transmission or the need to change the wiring.

“Over the past 8 years we have used the Riedel Artist intercom system as an integral communication element of Event Production for the ESPN X Games,” says Sheri Sternberg, technical director for X Games event production.  “We have discussed the potential advantages of incorporating the MediorNet technology and finally had the opportunity to do so for X Games 16. We were able to overcome challenges faced in previous years, shipping our video signals point to point and quickly realized the system’s flexibility by exercising our ability to add and delete show elements in real time. We look forward to expanding our technical capacity by utilizing the MediorNet to handle intercom, audio & video for our future events.”

MediorNet is a solution for routing and distribution of HD/SD video, intercom, audio, and data over fiber cabling, which allows users to form a network of any type of topology. Each MediorNet mainframe provides routing capacity for 32×32 720p/1080i signals, 160×160 SD-SDI signals, 27,000×27,000 AES signals or any combination of these. Its software-based broadcast quality processing and conversion features such as embedder/de-embedder or framestore eliminate the need for external devices and provide savings in infrastructure investments.

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