Nordic Entertainment Group Selects Hippotizer LED Backdrops for Viaplay Streaming TV Service – rAVe [PUBS]


Nordic Entertainment GroupStreaming TV service Viaplay from has a brand new studio in Helsinki, with wraparound LED screen backdrops driven by Hippotizer Boréal+ MK2 Media Servers.

The purpose-built broadcaster, designed and commissioned by Viaplay and built in collaboration with NEP Finland, features a 2.6mm curved LED screen behind the presenter’s table comprising 4416 x 960 pixels and measuring 11.5 x 2.5m . It displays live streams, pre-made and branded content like air sports channels, original movies and dramas.

To the right of this is a straight 2.6mm screen of 1920 x 768 pixels or 5 x 2m and there are two other screens – a circular screen above the table is made of an LED panel flexible 2.9 mm of 3612 x 172 pixels or 10.5 x 0.5 m and another Panasonic 98″ screen. All of this is VideoMapped using the Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2. Green Hippo’s Finnish distributor, Amepa Oy, was approached by Viaplay’s broadcast studio partners, NEP Finland and Sibelius Design, to deliver the visuals for the studio, which is located in the Helskinki district of Vallila.

Amepa’s Johan West, who has championed the Hippotizer brand in Finland since 2003, suggested the Boreal+ MK2 offers the right processing power, ruggedness and media handling system for the job. “The most important thing for this setup was that the media server had enough rendering power, because the client needed a lot of mixes, submixes, and layers that would consume a lot of CPU power,” West says.

West and his team installed the Boreal+ MK2 in the server room about 40m from the studio. A network was built consisting of HippoNet, MAnet, ArtNet and NDI between the control room, server room and studio, covering three studios in total. “I can control everything wherever you are,” West continues. “Everything is programmed with short delays and triggered via an external Zookeeper. The Hippotizer operations team creates models in Adobe After Effects, and we currently use NDI to run content back and forth between the Boreal+ MK2 and After Effects Two HDSDI live streams also pass through the Boreal + MK2 and are placed in custom alpha masks on the screens.

Viaplay carries a large amount of sports broadcasts which means there is a large amount of logos, images, backgrounds and live streams to deal with for events such as F1, NHL, skiing and Premier League Football.

“The video data transmitted to the LED walls is two 3840 x 2160 @ 50hz streams over fiber to the main studio, and all of the LED wall processors are in the studio behind the curved LED wall,” West explains. “I managed to fit all the LEDs into one UHD output from the Hippotizer and these sections are then mapped using the VideoMapper into the Boreal+ MK2, with the second output running the single 4K monitor.

“The content mapping is done using different windows with four main mixes and four submixes, so a bunch of layers are used due to the fact that there are a lot of changes for each broadcast! All bands Vertical LEDs are also mapped to pixels in the Boreal+ MK2.” During live streams, a Hippotizer operator is on hand at all times, programming and creating visuals on the fly.

Viaplay’s services include on-demand subscription streaming service Elisa Viihde Viaplay and pay-TV channels V sport and V film. In Finland, Viaplay sports rights include a wide range of the world’s top sporting events such as Formula 1, Premier League, Bundesliga, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, NHL, UFC, FIS winter sports, MLB, golf and more.


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