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WORLD NEWS Supporting NASCAR broadcasts B lackmagic Design have announced that Sportvision, Inc., the leading innovator of digital sports content, broadcast enhancements and motion tracking data aggregation, is using Blackmagic Design’s Universal Videohub 288 router to support their motorsports productions.  This includes delivering race graphics and performance data for live broadcasts of NASCARs Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races.  Universal Videohub 288 is used as the primary router for Sportvisions broadcast trailers, which are parked inside the television compounds at each NASCAR sanctioned race.  With each NASCAR race, Sportvision provides video feeds to network partners throughout each live race.  The Sportvision broadcast truck is located downstream in the broadcast process, with RACEf/x graphics added directly in the trailer and the final product played out live.  To support this broadcast infrastructure, Sportvision has installed a Universal Videohub 288 router in its broadcast truck on site.  One of the primary responsibilities of the Universal Videohub 288s is to allow Sportvision to manage the multiple feeds required by each respective network.  Broadcast right holders use different formats; some networks require 720p, while others need 1080i.  The Universal Videohub allows Sportvision to interface with both formats in a single router, offering a single routing solution that eliminates the confusion that would come from managing multiple routers to handle each format. BBC upgrades production T he BBC is using Cambridge technology to boost production capability at its two main UK facilities. The broadcaster is utilising Adder Technology’s AdderLink Infinity network extension solution to connect its production teams to multiple computers at its new base at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, as well as in a refurbishment of Broadcasting House in London. AdderLink Infinity, from the Cambridge-based KVM connectivity specialist, can be used as a point to point extender, KVM switch or as a Matrix, depending on the configuration of the IP network. It has the capability to run any size matrix with DVI, USB, RS232 and Audio on all ports, the only limitation is the users network and how the traffic architecture is configured. As an IP-based matrix switch, AdderLink Infinity provides almost unlimited extension possibilities. Built around a modular design and small form factor that allows Sportvision to easily scale up or down to fit the needs of each race and easily fit into the tight spaces of the broadcast truck, Universal Videohub supports between 20 and 40 feeds coming in and out of the Sportvision broadcast truck from 25 computers and several video and audio jack fields. (Photograph Courtesy of Marcos Ambrose) TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 21 TV-BAY071NOV12.indd 21 06/11/2012 18:09