MERGING MAKES ITS MARK Merging Technologies


New from Merging Technologies is the Merging+Hapi MKII. Apart from a signifi cant upgrade to use the Z-Man processor, the big advance for the broadcast market is the provision of the additional RJ-45 for full ST-2022- 7 redundancy. All Hapi option

boards are fully compatible with the new unit, meaning that the audio performance retains the continuity demanded by Merging’s user base. The company’s Pyramix digital audio workstation is often used for immersive content. The latest Pyramix 14 provides for the import and export of ADM fi les and remote control of the renderer.

The latest Ovation 10 can also import ADM fi les. Most recently, Ovation has been



deployed to drive the audio and cues for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which continues through to the end of March 2022, where two independent fully redundant systems drive the L-ISA immersive sound system. With the option to switch from Monitor to Music Missions, the fl exibility of Merging+Anubis has been hugely expanded. Routing and network management have been simplifi ed in the Music Mission to facilitate the setting up of an expanded network.

The latest Merging+Hapi MKII

Anubis SPS allows for ST-2022-7 compliance as well as ST-2110 and NMOS IS-04 and 05. A recent partnership with Sonarworks to implement


MANAGE Technologies

BY DAVID FOX Ardis Technologies has launched a 1U dual high availability AVFS head that offers users a lower- cost way into integrating shared storage.

The HA Dual AVFSHead and the installed AVFS fi le system

Sharing and caring: The new HA Dual AVFSHead from Ardis Technologies

can be used to integrate storage arrays from Infortrend, Seagate, Excelero, Dell, HP and others. Brands can be combined into shared storage which displays

as a single fi le system, with folders and folders mountable as volumes.

These volumes can be shared using FC, Ethernet iSCSI,

RoCEv2/NVME-oF and other storage area network protocols in the same set-up. Ardis advises users to predominantly use Ethernet and iSCSI. This

SoundID Reference in Anubis has also proved popular. This is particularly relevant for remote production where acoustics in the audio area may be compromised.

can be combined with Fibre Channel when required and with RoCEv2/NVME-oF for extreme performance such as 8K uncompressed and above. The fi le-based caching capability of AVFS is a useful feature when one of the storage arrays uses SSDs. In that case a hybrid solution can be formed. In such a confi guration users access the material on the SSDs and the spindles are there as an online standby storage pool.



BY DAVID FOX Movicom has introduced a lightweight version of its Robycam 3D cable-suspended camera system, the Robycam Compact, which is more suitable for studio use or for small and medium- sized sports venues. The Compact can move freely

through space following any 3D trajectory within a working area. This is enabled by a specially developed mathematical model serving as a base for real-time control of four automated winches, advanced gyro- stabilisation and motion control techniques. Available in both 2D and 3D modes, Robycam Compact

The Robycam Studio in use on RTVE’s La Hora de La 1

can be used for a wide variety of applications and supports augmented reality production.

Reduced weight and its compact size facilitate transportation, installation and

dismantling, and it is designed to be a reliable and secure system that meets international safety

standards. Its winches may be easily placed in venues with limited space, still providing enough pulling force to achieve the maximum working height of the camera. The system boasts a drop angle of only 4.5º, allowing it to work in low ceiling environments. The compact, lightweight dolly with its gyrostabilised camera head can control camera orientation along with the lens parameters. The Robycam Studio version has been installed at Sky Italia and RTVE Spain, where the producers of breakfast TV show La Hora de La 1 and Up Films needed a system that would provide production value in the small space of Prado del Rey’s Studio 1. Despite its smaller size, the system has full positional tracking and camera data compatibility with all major augmented reality graphics systems, such as the Vizrt system used on La Hora de La 1.

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