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Axon’s Cerebrum powers a summer of sports

For instance, Cerebrum simplified the production workflow for BBC Sports’ FIFA World Cup 4K/UHD HDR coverage

Some of the largest sporting events taking place this summer, including the FIFA World Cup, tennis’ Wimbledon and the ongoing Asian Games, used, or are using Axon’s Cerebrum control and monitoring platform to eliminate engineering bottlenecks and create efficient unified workflows.

Equipped with a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI), Cerebrum provides multi-device control and simplifies complexities to shield operators from ever-changing technologies so that they can focus on the action, said Axon.

John Cleaver, director of Dega Broadcast Systems, who was responsible on-site for BBC Sport’s IBC facilities at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said: “We chose Cerebrum as the best way to get complete control of the production and simplify the workflow. With Cerebrum, multiple operators were able to hit the ground running, and quickly customise the set-up to help them work as they wanted.”

BBC Sport’s extensive IBC facilities in Moscow, which were also designed and built by Dega, deployed the Cerebrum platform to control and monitor GVG routing, processing, MADI audio routing and tally management — all through 12 hardware and 11 software customisable panels.

Cerebrum was also at the heart of BBC Live Studio operations in Red Square, which were delivered by Timeline’s UHD2, the award-winning IP 4K HDR OB vehicle. In addition to delivering coverage of the matches in HD and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) high dynamic range (HDR), Timeline provided a simultaneous 4K/UHD Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) output for the BBC iPlayer platform.

Control and monitoring inside the triple-expanding truck were extended to the on-location cabins, allowing the team of operators and editors to share tally and UMD information over the network between the BBC Sport IBC operation, and easily navigate around the many sources arriving from the IBC and Host Broadcast Services.

Quinn Cowper, Timeline’s head of Vision, concluded: “Cerebrum was able to handle the mix of HD and 4K/UHD formats with ease. It offers robust control and supports a hassle-free, flexible creative workflow.”

To find out more about Cerebrum, visit Axon at IBC2018, booth 10.A21.

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