Teranex AV Used on Train’s Play That Song Summer Tour

Blackmagic Design today announced that its Teranex AV broadcast quality standards converter was used for signal conversions on American pop rock band Train’s “Play That Song” summer tour.

Fremont, CA - November 21, 2017 - Blackmagic Design today announced that its Teranex AV broadcast quality standards converter was used for signal conversions on American pop rock band Train’s “Play That Song” summer tour. Several additional Blackmagic Design products were also used on the tour, including a Videohub CleanSwitch 12x12 router with Videohub Smart Control, HyperDeck Studio Pro broadcast deck, SmartView Duo monitor and UltraStudio 4K capture and playback device.

Since first reaching the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1998 with their song “Meet Virginia,” Train has been topping the charts with hits like “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “ and “Hey, Soul Sister.” To promote their latest album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat, the band embarked on 2017’s “Play That Song” concert tour along with opening acts O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. The tour began in May in Las Vegas and ended in October in Northern Ireland.

Production Designer Robb Jibson, of Chicago production design firm So Midwest, Inc., noted that during the tour, the Teranex AV was used to convert HDMI signals from a D3 media server into SDI for the video wall to receive.

“We were really excited by the Teranex AV for a couple of reasons, primarily because it allowed us to take one 4K HDMI signal out of our media server and get four discreet 1080 SDI signals,” said Robb. “One of the problems we’ve always had when using separate converters was that a computer has to clock the outputs, so trying to get four individual boxes to sync different outputs with the same frame rate and refresh rate was a pain. Now that we’re able to get one output from all four, we can send a lot more pixels all in sync. So if we’re playing back one clip across a lot of different surfaces, all the information is arriving at the same time. The low latency of the Teranex AV is a huge benefit, especially in a concert setting.”

Two outputs from the Teranex AV were fed into a Videohub CleanSwitch 12x12 with Videohub Smart Control. A backup D3 media server and backup Teranex AV were also fed into the CleanSwitch so that in the event of a failure, the Videohub Smart Control would trigger a macro to switch the CleanSwitch to the other inputs. Robb also used three inputs on the Teranex AV as a distribution amplifier for the cameras, so that the media server only saw one input, but the team had four input options. The Videohub Smart Control allowed the team to look at different angles while setting up and to test the setup to make sure all four inputs were present.