Bildquadrat upgrades OB truck with Riedel coms systems

Bildquadrat Videoproductions, one of Europe’s leading providers of live production and outside broadcasting (OB) services, has completed a major expansion and upgrade of the Riedel systems onboard its modern OB vehicle.

The truck was launched in 2015 with a signal transport backbone powered by Riedel’s MediorNet real-time network, including a MediorNet MicroN 80G media distribution interface.

With the upgrade, Bildquadrat has expanded the integrated signal transport, routing, and processing capabilities of MediorNet and enhanced communications with the installation of a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system.

Bildquadrat’s van features a compact and completely modular design that can be adapted easily for mobile productions of all types and sizes. The onboard MediorNet and MicroN devices are connected over a 10 Gbps optical fibre network to create a fully redundant, decentralised routing matrix. The MediorNet frames are built into mobile stageboxes, giving the production team the flexibility to deploy the solution’s signal processing capabilities anywhere on the set. Each stagebox is preconfigured in the van and equipped with microphone and in-ear systems, saving time and removing on-set integration hassles.

Our partnership with Riedel means we can continue to support our customers in their ongoing migration to IP operations.”

– Niklas Windeck, co-founder, Bildquadrat Videoproductions

On board the OB van, Riedel’s MediorNet MicroN offers a multifunctional signal interface that drives an 80G media network in a single RU. With the upgrade, Bildquadrat has expanded the MediorNet decentralised routing matrix with seven MicroN high-density media distribution network devices that can be deployed in modular fashion for a variety of uses. One of the MicroN devices operates as a dedicated multiviewer using the MediorNet MultiViewer App.

Bildquadrat’s new Artist 64 Mainframe includes Riedel’s RSP-2318 Smartpanels, offering an intelligent intercom control surface that leverage AES67 and AVB standards to provide an expandable yet simplified intercom interface. Riedel MADI client cards provide a seamless interface between the Artist 64 and the truck’s audio consoles, and Riedel’s RiFace G2 universal radio interface links the Artist 64 to Bildquadrat’s walkie-talkie-style radio systems.

“In less than two years, our OB van has handled a broad range of high-profile live sports and entertainment productions for many of Europe’s biggest names in broadcast. Its success is due in large part to the pioneering solutions from Riedel,” said Niklas Windeck, co-founder, Bildquadrat Videoproductions. “We built the truck from the ground up as a showcase for file-based workflows, and our partnership with Riedel means we can continue to support our customers in their ongoing migration to IP operations.”

Added Katharina Kornek, broadcast sales manager at Riedel: “The van is a showcase of the latest Riedel innovations in integrated signal-processing capabilities including one of the first deployments of our MediorNet MultiViewer. It’s a privilege to help Bildquadrat continue to grow its OB capabilities and drive the IP-based future of mobile broadcasting.”