NAB 2012: Ensemble Designs’ Video Router Serves Live Sports

The Avenue modular digital video router from Ensemble Designs uses new technology for configuration and display. The ease of expansion, user-definable input/output port geometry, unique video thumbnails, built-in test signal generation, and optional clean and quiet switching on multiple outputs make it suitable for high-end broadcast use. Applications include live events, master control bypass switching, QC monitoring, and mobile trucks.

Realtime video thumbnails travel over Ethernet to the Router Control Panel where they are displayed on a compact, high resolution display. This enables the operator to visually verify source content before performing any switching operations. Ethernet enables the panel to be used remotely, thousands of kilometers away from the main installation.

Many routers are limited in that they are fixed at a specific size such as 8×8 or 16×16 or 32×32.  This new router has a flexible matrix design which allows the user to configure the precise number of inputs and outputs.  For example, if there are more sources than destinations, the router could be configured to 22×8 or 25×5.

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