Axon’s Synapse in the Heart of HD News Studios RTL Nederland
Dutch broadcaster RTL Nederland has upgraded its news studios 9 and 14 to HD with Axon Digital Design’s Synapse interfacing and conversion product line. RTL Nederland, Dutch subsidiary of the RTL Group and leading commercial broadcaster in the Netherlands, intended the upgrade not only to be able to broadcast in HD but also to facilitate virtual reality and augmented reality.
“RTL Nederland has been standardized on Synapse for many years”, says Hank van de Loo Technical Manager at RTL Nederland. “Axon has proven to be able to conquer the challenges when upgrading to HD so it was only logical that we turned to Axon for our upgrade.”
The recently supplied Synapse products enable numerous functions like embedding, de-embedding and up/down/cross conversion. A large number of these products can be future upgraded to handle 3Gb/s–signals.
One of the modules supplied is the 2HX110, a dual channel HD, SD up/down/cross converter and synchronizer with audio shuffler. This product is ideal for a hybrid world where analog, SD and HD are used simultaneously. The card allows to simulcast 2 HD signals from 2 native SD or 1 CVBS and an SD infrastructure. This module can de-embed 2x 8 channels out of any of the 16 embedded audio channels of both HD/SD inputs and shuffle these channels. This allows a combination of embedded audio channels from input 1 and embedded audio channels from input 2 in the HD, SD outputs.
“As supplier of mission-critical broadcast infrastructure products we are very pleased that RTL Nederland turned to us for their HD upgrade”, says Johan Lieffers, Axon’s Regional Sales Manager. “RTL is Netherland’s leading commercial broadcaster and we are proud to be able to supply to them.”