Applied Électronique construit une nouvelle régie centrale pour le magnifique Centre Vidéotron de Québec

AMQ Centre Videotron Arena
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Owned by Ville de Québec, and managed by Québecor, Centre Vidéotron, also known as the Québec City Amphitheatre, is a new contemporary, multi-purpose indoor arena in Québec City. Facilitating sports, social affairs and cultural events, the $400 million facility is the second largest arena in the province of Québec, and it has a capacity of over 18,000 seats for sports events, such as hockey or basketball, and 19,000 seats for concerts or other sporting events. It also has the capabilities to be staged in seven different configurations to accommodate a variety of local and international events, with a fully loaded high definition master control room – designed, supplied and integrated by Applied Electronics Limited – which creates event content and distributes it to the massive scoreboard, multiple digital signage displays, the broadcast feeds, and to social media.

The design of the Centre revolved around creating a stimulating atmosphere for sports games and concerts. The exterior architecture of the building was inspired by the winter landscape of the city and offers breathtaking views of the capital. With the goal of gaining a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise to replace the Quebec Nordiques, which was relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1995 and renamed the Colorado Avalanche, the interior of Centre Vidéotron was primarily designed for Canadian-style hockey viewing, featuring a steeper and more intimate bowl.

Canadian hockey fans are engrossed more on the game than the surrounding events and the secondary experiences – it is about going into the arena, sitting in the seat and not getting up until the game is over. With that in mind, the lower bowl holds 11,100 seats with 930 of them enjoying access to private clubs, 738 in the 80 suites, and one 360-degree suite level. The upper bowl holds the remaining 7,000 seats that are so steep that fans feel like they are on top of the ice.

The master control room is equipped with:

Production:

  • 5 x Sony HDC2400 cameras (3 wide follow and 2 ENG);
  • 3 x Canon XJ80x8.8B lenses for wide follow cameras;
  • 2 x Canon HJ22EX7.6IASE Portable HDTV lenses for the ENG cameras;
  • 6 x Sony HDCP1 cameras (3 around the ice rink, 2 over the nets and 1 in the scoreboard);
  • 6 x Canon KJ17ex7.7 IASE lenses for the HDCP1 cameras
  • 3 x Egripment 308/MKII Minishot MKII robotic camera heads for the 3 cameras around the ice rink;
  • Ross Acuity 3ME production switcher, designed to handle the world’s most challenging live events and create extremely efficient productions;
  • Grass Valley K2 Dyno replay system for creating engaging replays and highlight packages;
  • Grass Valley Kaleido-X 7RU Frame (64 in x 8 out) high picture count multi-viewer with advanced alarming;
  • Avid Media Composer with Nitris DX and Mojo DX hardware for editing and content creation;
  • Avid ISIS 5500 shared media storage system for real-time SD, HD, and/or 4K collaboration and accelerated editorial workflows;
  • Middle Atlantic ViewPoint Series console systems, specifically designed for reliability, flexibility & ergonomics in mission critical installations.

Infrastructure:

  • Grass Valley NV8280 router (131 in x 212 out 3G/HD/SD-SDI);
  • Evertz 3405FRS-BNC, 3505FR-DIN and 3405FR-BNC Electrical to Optical/Optical to Electrical signal converters;
  • Evertz 5601MSC master sync and clock generator, which provides all of the synchronizing signals needed in a modern TV station or post production facility at the same time;
  • Thinklogical MXR-000S48-FM 48 x 48 multimedia router for KVM routing;
  • Huber + Suhner optical fiber patch system;
  • Grass Valley Densité Series 3G, HD, SD and analog video, as well as AES and analog audio processing boards;
  • AJA FS2 universal video and audio converters, offering dual-channel conversion and frame synchronizing in a slim 1RU space;
  • 3 x Brocade ICX6450 48-port campus networking switch in a flexible, stacking architecture with Layer 3 routing capabilities;
  • 2 x Telex ADAM-M digital matrix intercom system;
  • Tektronix WFM/WVR5000 Series SDI/HDMI multi-format compact waveform monitor

The construction of the highly coveted arena broke ground in September 2012, and the design of the master control room system began in September 2014.  The short 6-month timeline for the on-site broadcast equipment installation phase commenced in early February 2015, and the control room was successfully completed – systems installed, configured, tested, commissioned, and 120 hours of operator training conducted – by June 30. The Centre Vidéotron opened on September 11, 2015.

“The Applied Electronics team is very proud to be part of this remarkable project,” says Mario Cusson, Manager of Québec and Eastern Canada at Applied Electronics. “It is a technologically advanced facility, and is the talk of the town, this year, in Québec.”

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