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Pete Erskine

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Re: Inside look at a massive comm system for a Mega Show....
« Reply #50 on: August 28, 2016, 01:14:23 pm »

Hi Pete,

It looks like the CCTV system is IP based across a network with servers for recording, and that the viewer stations are PC's with monitoring software? How does Mediornet fit into the system? Is it just being used to transport Ethernet data to switches at each node?

Yes, here the MediorNet is primarily an IP network and all the CCTV transport over it.  Some Artist panels also go over it.  All user stations are PC and can be programmed for what channels they need and wheather they can control the camera.
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Re: Inside look at a massive comm system for a Mega Show....
« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2016, 04:50:46 am »

Hi Pete,

In the picture of Radouan's control room it looks like there is a pretty large workbox in the background. I assume the expectation is for all contractors to be fully self contained and provide all tools needed to commission and maintain the system. Have Riedel supplied any particularly interesting, unusual or specialised tools as part of this package?

Is much consideration given to providing some home comforts for the crew whilst on site for such a long duration, beside copious amounts of Yummi Comms?
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Re: Inside look at a massive comm system for a Mega Show....
« Reply #52 on: August 29, 2016, 06:26:14 am »

Hi Pete,

In the picture of Radouan's control room it looks like there is a pretty large work box in the background. I assume the expectation is for all contractors to be fully self contained and provide all tools needed to commission and maintain the system. Have Riedel supplied any particularly interesting, unusual or specialized tools as part of this package?

Is much consideration given to providing some home comforts for the crew whilst on site for such a long duration, beside copious amounts of Yummi Comms?

You need to be self contained.  There isn't a radio shack in every corner of the world.  They bring some very specialized RF testing equipment and enough tools for any cable repair, spare cards, panels, beltpacks, headsets, etc. as well.

Comforts depend on the show.  Of course there is a tea kettle and instant food on hand but food within the Olympic venue is pretty meager and really not very good.  The Canteen has meals for purchase, which also are not inviting.  I never went there.  In the control rooms there are refrigerators which have sandwiches - they're 95% bread so I sometimes take 2 and combine the insides to make 1 more-normal sandwich.  Way to much candy, cookies and chocolate and not enough fruit.  I am sure I've put on 20 lbs here just eating junk food.

When I have been on Musical tours, they know how to take care of the crew.  World class catering is so important for morale and no Olympics production has ever realized that.

Riedel is very good at spreading out the shifts so, except for show days, no shift is more than 10 hours.  Radouan usually comes early and I stay late. and until the last few days before a dress or show everyone has 1 day off a week.  That's where the real comfort comes in.

Most important is being there for the production.  From the multiple persons responding to COMMHELP to crew and volunteers for the FM cast radios and radio room distribution, as they say, it takes a village.
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Re: Inside look at a massive comm system for a Mega Show....
« Reply #53 on: August 31, 2016, 04:48:19 pm »

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Yes, here the MediorNet is primarily an IP network and all the CCTV transport over it.  Some Artist panels also go over it.  All user stations are PC and can be programmed for what channels they need and wheather they can control the camera.

How does the Artist panel transport work? MADI from an artist node to a Mediornet Frame? Is there a Mediornet card that allows direct connection of the AES panels?
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Re: Inside look at a massive comm system for a Mega Show....
« Reply #54 on: August 31, 2016, 08:33:57 pm »

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How does the Artist panel transport work? MADI from an artist node to a Mediornet Frame? Is there a Mediornet card that allows direct connection of the AES panels?

Each MediorNet frame has 2 Artist panel ports, 1 coax and 1 cat5.  they can be inputs or outputs.  We transported the Broadcast Artist panels this way to the broadcast compound.  Connecting to an artist node at the stadium into the coax input on 2 MediorNet frames to the single MediorNet frame in the compound using 1 on coax and the other on Cat5.

All the 4-wires (16) to the truck went as madi over this same frame with analog backups connected in the stadium to the trucks fiber stage box in audio at the patch point.

Automatic logic was used to switch to analog if audio in the madi went away.

For larger shows like the Eurovision song Contest, ALL Artist ports were connected as madi in one central Artist node and all distribution was over MediorNet with the expansion panel shown below which give 8 ports.  Terrific way to do this because any reprogrammed port is available anywhere and moved just by changing a cross point.
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