BroaMan MUX22 fibre multiplexer and Repeat 48 3G/HD/SD-SDI Video/MADI fibre extender were provided by Total Solution Marketing (TSM), along with full-service support, for the recent Singapore National Day celebrations. The event this year was rescheduled by the Government from its traditional 9 August date to 21 August due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
These interfaces were deployed by The Show Company Pte, the appointed vendor of the Multimedia Committee for this year’s National Day Parade. The fibre-based solutions were used between transmitters and receivers, across distances averaging 250 metres—over LC multimode fibre to three different camera locations.
This enabled all data to be transported over a single duplex fibre, thus reducing the number of the cables otherwise necessary over long distances. At the same time it ensured extremely low latency in the transmission.
CWDM-equipped MUX22 devices, configured 8 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI In/Out, and with RTS 4-wire intercom, were used in all Augmented Reality (AR) camera transmissions: Camera Signal Out (HD-SDI 1080p@50Hz); Camera PGM In (HD-SDI 1080p@50Hz); External Sync via Genlock sync generator (black burst), as well as IP addresses in the form of Lens Data for Camera Tracking and IR Sensor; Camera Tracking Data and Robotic Arm Remote Control.
The Show Company Pte also used Repeat 48 as a means of signal transmission over a multicore singlemode fibre to send six channels of HD-SDI LED content feeds (three main signals and three back-up) to Mediacorp’s OB truck. These signals comprised Graphical Content (in 16:9 aspect ratio); LED Program Feed (in 16:9) and Multi-Cam Production Program Mix (with subtitles).
The spectacular event itself was divided into a main parade, at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, and then the show itself — a spectacular song-and-dance extravaganza. While both the Parade and show segment had to be scaled back for COVID-19 reasons, as always it provided a fitting commemoration of Singapore’s independence in 1965, with a riveting aerial display enjoyed by around 1,000 people the main highlight.
Delivered in Singapore’s four official languages, the National Day show was broadcast across Mediacorp’s free-to-air TV channels, as well as radio stations, their own digital streaming platform, meWATCH and YouTube.