Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Broadcast Integration of New and Legacy Equipment Provides High Quality Footage and Flexible Editing

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), a global Christian apologetics ministry with a team of 70 speakers, utilizes radio, TV programming and live events to reach their audience. RZIM has partnered with Diversified for their broadcast, audio visual, IT and RF needs since 1993. They again sought the expertise of Diversified’s Media & Entertainment group and Advanced Visual Environments team for design and implementation of a system capable of four simultaneous channels of HD-SDI ingest from a multi-camera environment for live recording.

The solution would need to integrate with legacy equipment, capture up to four simultaneous channels of HD-SDI ingest and convert to a variety of industry channels and formats. The project would also be implemented within a strict timeline and involve working during non-business hours.

Using the Bluefish444 IngeSTore Server 3G appliance, Diversified designed a system that integrated the existing Quantum MDC and storage server while supporting the wide range of communication mediums required. The appliance is configured to capture from a Ross Carbonite Extreme production switcher via HD-SDI, which is then transferred over a 10Gb interface connection to networked shared storage. The four channels of DNxHD media is immediately available to RZIM editing suites for post-production.

The solution has proven successful, providing the highest quality of raw footage along with greater flexibility during the editing process. RZIM believes this solution will enable rapid growth for their off-site events and prove to be a viable option for ingest in remote areas.