Modernization of the ARD-aktuell studios

Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH had been awarded by the North German Broadcasting (NDR) to realize the entire modernization of the production technology equipment for the ARD-aktuell studios at the end of July 2011. As a general contractor the MCI performed the tasks as announced in the EU-wide awarded order, which included the planning, the installation, the delivery, the documentation and the implementing of a standard HDTV-capable infrastructure (sampling format 1080i25).

In general, the production of the new ARD-aktuell studio is focused on simplified broadcasting operations to support the controlling of all broadcasting relevant activities of different production systems. The implementation is realized by remote controlled camera- and robot-systems (Camerobot or Shotuko) and the Mosart studio automation, which organizes the playout from the video server and the real-time graphics.

For maximized flexibility, the above-mentioned Mosart automation system is used in the main- and sub-control rooms. MCI was not only in charge of the Mosart automation integration, but also responsible for the preparation of the customer requirement specification. This means the definition of product-specific demands or functionalities, the definition of technical interfaces of the automation system to the editorial system and the definition of the input devices.
The broadcast-related configuration and the implementing of templates for the automation system, which is used for the production of ARD-aktuell, was effected by particularly trained MCI personnel.

As well as in the remaining control rooms at the main location in Hamburg Lokstedt, the NDR decided again to use a Virtual Studio Manager (L-S-B) for the central controlling of the video crossbar, the IMDs and UMDs, the lightning control desk, the server as well as the for the tally-system.
The automated camera cranes (Camerobot) and the Shotoku tripods represent another comprehensive element of the offer. In addition there were standard broadcast components like displays (Penta and Panasonic), multiviewer as well as the central infrastructure, realized by components from Evertz and Lynx, a Sony vision-mixer MVS-8000G, as well as a Stagetec audio mixing console. A Clear-Com Eclipse-Omega containing the new MADI-interface was integrated as the central communication matrix.