Imagine Communications has provided the routing equipment for Gearhouse Broadcast's new 4K/UHD-ready production truck, Columbus. Platinum IP3 is a key element of the mobile unit's core infrastructure, providing multi-format signal distribution capabilities, including support for HD, 3G, and 4K/UHD. The IP-ready router is also designed to provide Gearhouse with the ability to seamlessly transition to IP-based operations in the future.

Columbus is equipped with 16 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD cameras and six additional inputs for RF cameras. A critical function of the Imagine IP3 28RU router is to drive the mobile unit's unique monitor wall, which consists of 24 4K monitors, configured as Quad splits or single-input 4K monitors, giving the truck total flexibility in HD or 4K/UHD.

The quick-change capabilities of the IP3 enable a mobile production company to essentially customize its production truck to meet the exacting requirements of each customer, shifting between HD and UHD or accommodating a wide degree of customer preferences in a matter of minutes.

In addition to its versatility and core signal distribution functionality, Imagine Communications' Platinum IP3 supports audio multiplexing and de-multiplexing, as well as discrete AES or MADI signals. Scalability and integrated multiviewers are also key features, providing Gearhouse with significant space and power-consumption savings. The IP3 is designed to work in a hybrid SDI-IP environment, with transparent operations across the two signal formats, and seamless and synchronous switching between SDI and IP domains.