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Riedel Fiber Solution - MediorNet Overview

Real-Time Network for Video, Audio, Data & Communications

MediorNet unleashes the true potential of fiber-optic signal transport, which will finally result in a completely new philosophy for broadcast, event, stadium and campus installations.

MediorNet is the next step forward in fiber-based signal transport. It combines signal transport, routing, signal processing and conversion into one integrated real-time network solution.

MediorNet offers a real network solution providing more than just simple point-to-point links. This includes signal routing, allowing the user to send any incoming signal to any output or even to multiple outputs with just a mouse-click or, even more conveniently, by using a router control system. As a result, MediorNet increases the flexibility of any installation while significantly reducing cabling and set-up time. MediorNet eliminates the need for re-wiring when production setups change.
 
MediorNet also includes integrated broadcast-quality processing and conversion features like Frame Store / Frame Synchronizers and Embedders/De-Embedders at any input/output. These features are software-based so they can easily be expanded in the future without any hardware changes. Ultimately this will eliminate the need for external devices. All this results in a completely new approach to production environments, providing significant savings in infrastructure investments.
 
The MediorNet product line includes MediorNet Modular and MediorNet Compact: MediorNet Modular is a completely modular system that can be tailored to meet the customer‘s demands and the exact application needs, while MediorNet Compact is a cost-effective all-in-one box solution. Of course, both models are 100% compatible and can be easily networked within the same installation.

 

Network Topology
MediorNet has an open topology, supporting ring, star, daisy-chain or any combination of these. This allows the user to design the system exactly to his requirements.

Bandwidth Optimization
The bandwidth of the MediorNet carrier frame is 4.25 GBit/s. This carrier frame is then divided into subframes with 6.4 MBit/s bandwidth, which corresponds to the smallest signal to transport, AES3/EBU audio.
These subframes can be filled with any type of data such as video, audio, intercom and control. Each native signal is sliced into 6.4 MBit/s segments. MediorNet transports these slices to one or multiple destinations where MediorNet recreates the native signal.
MediorNet’s routing algorithm is always looking for the shortest path to transport a signal and optimizes the bandwidth of all fiber links available. This includes hops over other MediorNet nodes, when no direct fiber connection from the source to the destination is available.

Synchronization
MediorNet can be synchronized to any external sync source or serve as a sync master for the complete installation. MediorNet supports the following sync standards:
Blackburst NTSC, TriLevel 720p25, TriLevel 1080p29.97, Blackburst PAL, TriLevel 720p24, TriLevel 1080p25, TriLevel 720p60, TriLevel 720p23.98, TriLevel 1080p24, TriLevel 720p59.94, TriLevel 1080i60, TriLevel 1080p23.98, TriLevel 720p50, TriLevel 1080i59.94, WordClock 48kHz, TriLevel 720p30, TriLevel 1080i50, WordClock 96kHz, TriLevel 720p29.97, TriLevel 1080p30, WordClock 192kHz

Integrated Signal Processing and Conversion
MediorNet provides broadcast quality processing and conversion on board. What in the past required additional external equipment is integrated within the MediorNet system. The open structure of the software allows for the easy integration of future processing and conversion tools from Riedel or 3rd party manufacturers supporting the MediorNet standard, without any changes to the hardware.

MN Frame Store / Frame Synchronizer
The MediorNet Frame Store / Frame Synchronizer allows the user to sync all independent free running signals to the same reference (Blackburst or TriLevel). In addition it can provide video delays.

MN Embedder/De-Embedder
MediorNet‘s integrated 16 channel Embedder / De-Embedder embeds, de-embeds and shuffles any AES3/EBU signal.

MN Test Pattern Generator
The MediorNet Test Pattern Generator provides 100% and 75% colour bar patterns for all video inputs and outputs in all common formats in NTSC and PAL.

MN On Screen Display
The MediorNet On Screen Display offers on-screen display of signal and connection status, signal freeze, input source and output destination.

MN Quad Split*
The MediorNet Quad Split provides high-quality quad-viewing of HD or SD-SDI signals (in any combination). Configuration is achieved conveniently via the MediorWorks Software.
* MN-HD6IO video cards only

MN Timecode Insertion
The MediorNet Timecode Insertion provides and distributes a timecode via a Blackburst sync signal. The Timecode Insertion features runtime compensation and offers an on-screen timecode display.

MN Video Format Converter*
The MediorNet Video Format Converter offers low atency up, down and cross conversion including ARC for multi-rate 3G/HD/SD-SDI signals. Its next generation motion adaptive de-interlacing and scaling technology guarantees for high image quality.
* MN-HD6IO video cards only

MediorWorks – Intuitive Real-Time Configuration, Control & Monitoring
The intuitive configuration, control and monitoring software MediorWorks can be downloaded from any MediorNet mainframe via the Configuration Port of the Processing Card. This way you always have access to the correct software version of a specific installation. The software is a JavaTM-based application, allowing any computer with a JavaTM Runtime environment such as Windows, Mac OSX or Linux to serve as the host for the application.
MediorWorks auto-senses the configuration and status of the system it is connected to. Five windows give easy access to any aspect of the MediorNet installation. All windows are visible at the same time. Alternatively, they can easily be accessed via one mouse-click on the “Views”-window, which is floating above all other windows. The “Device Browser” shows all available nodes, the cards installed in the node and each connector of the specific media card. If a connector is selected, the “Connections”-window shows the active connections and how the signal is routed to the destination(s). Looking into the “Parameters”-window of a link card gives access to the fiber usage of a specific fiber link. In the “Parameters”-view of a media card you can see and adjust the signal format, force the input or output to a certain format and configure the processing and conversion features available within MediorNet. Detailed “Logging”- and “Alarm”-views complete the software’s feature set.

MediorWorks at a Glance
JavaTM Runtime application downloadable from any MediorNet frame
Auto-sensing – no need for manual configuration
Real-time monitoring and control of the complete network
Intuitive, clearly-managed windows with quick access to any information via list filters
Multi-user support