Munich, Germany—ES Broadcast Hire has offices in the UK, Spain, Germany and the USA. As Europe’s leading broadcast equipment rental company, we are particularly focused on providing equipment for broadcast events and production. One of our specialties is supporting IP and remote production systems for live events.
When it came to testing signal monitoring equipment and products, we were looking for a single system that was versatile enough to support hybrid SDI or IP workflows for live production, editing content and trusted monitoring from SD to 8K in multiple color spaces. . Since multiple audio streams also travel over IP, having comprehensive audio tools was also on our wish list.
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Recognizing that operators have varying backgrounds and experiences, we wanted a system that was easy to use and learn, as our customers often hire freelance staff and set up temporary installations. The ideal system would satisfy multiple use cases and operator positions; the last thing we wanted was to overwhelm an operator with endless menus and features they wouldn’t need.
With this in mind, we preferred a system where the UI could be “dressed up” to match the job/function on demand.
After looking closely at the options available with a major customer, we purchased 12 Telestream PRISM waveform monitors after the PRISM platform was requested for use in the IP broadcast center for several major sporting events international over the summer and winter of 2021. Our client has used the PRISM Waveform Monitors in multiple engineering positions and for creative editorial signal monitoring, including camera shading and color correction, while supporting resolutions up to 8K.
PRISM has proven to be extremely flexible whether the signal path is over ST 2110 or SDI, and has delivered results at all resolutions while ensuring that production teams are maximizing the potential of WCG (Wide Color Gamut) formats. An essential part of the underlying IP infrastructure, PRISM monitors also allowed engineers to precisely time signals and quickly and easily identify any issues with PTP (Precision Time Protocol) signal timing between positions, especially in the high-pressure environment of live sports broadcasting.
Now that PRISM systems are part of our rental inventory, we are seeing the broader benefit of remote configuration as systems are often on the road for extended deployments. The ability to simply reconfigure PRISM systems or update them in the field with new features meets a key part of our requirements to provide our customers with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment.
Without sending units back to base, our staff can reconfigure menus and remote screens to match any use case or even just to meet different customer preferences. Unlike traditional waveform monitors, when operating in IP mode, PRISM systems can support audio analysis for Dolby E/D/D+, including surround sound displays. Operators can monitor levels, clipping, silence, and even loudness compliance.
During these challenging times, one of the features our customers rely on is the ability to view signals and manage the PRISM system remotely through a simple yet secure web interface. As productions continue to work with fewer on-site staff due to pandemic restrictions, these remote capabilities have become invaluable and mean that quality compromises are never made.
We have a long history of working with Tektronix video products and are pleased to see the products and development have gone from strength to strength under the Telestream brand.
More information about PRISM is available at www.telestream.net.