At German University Hochschule der Medien (HdM), one of the most sought-after academic disciplines is Audiovisual Media. Available for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the program prepares students for careers in broadcast, production, and professional AV. Hands-on experience is a key component of that preparation, which the university supports via a robust technical infrastructure and access to industry-standard tools, including AJA gear.

In the HdM master’s program, students focus on engineering and research and integrating practical applications with theoretical frameworks. Current student-led projects of the master’s program include HdMedia over IP, which is dedicated to examining technology for video transmission over IP networks using the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, and HdMedia HDR, which delves into HD/HDR workflows within 3G infrastructure for live applications. These areas of study were chosen for their cutting-edge nature and future implications for the broadcast industry.

To build the HdMedia over IP workflow, students used AJA IPT/R-10G2-SDI Mini-Converters to create a bridge between the ST 2110 infrastructure and SDI baseband devices such as monitors. In the HdMedia HDR workflow, AJA FS-HDR real-time HDR/WCG converters and frame syncs and ColorBox color converters were integrated to handle  HDR-to-SDR mapping in the video workflow, which was produced in 1080p50 HD/HDR PQ. Students also used AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G recorders to record all camera signals individually.

“AJA offers reliable, up-to-date technologies that solve some of the biggest challenges in a broadcast environment. We’d been looking for strong partners for our projects who could not only help us understand and implement our ideas technically but could also support us in terms of content as students and AJA proved a perfect fit,” shared HdM Master’s Student Philipp Nöcker-Prior. “AJA Mini-Converters are easy to set up, quick to play, and reliable, and with FS-HDR and ColorBox, we could easily use custom LUTs to convert signals as needed. These devices helped facilitate the SDR downmap for SDR end devices,” adds HdM Master’s Student Paul Meinken.

In one application of the HDR workflow, students realized a live broadcast of a concert featuring artist Laura Kipp & Band in conjunction with HdM Sound Engineering master’s students. The production incorporated an array of cameras, as well as an HDR LED wall, demonstrating the possibilities of the technology.

“HdMedia over IP technology shows promise but is not yet fully matured. The industry and TV broadcasters already agree that the switch to media-over-IP technology is inevitable. Therefore, in the near future, the entire broadcast world will gradually convert their systems, which is why a basic understanding of SMPTE ST 2110 is essential,” noted HdM Master’s Student Jonas Schmitte. “In terms of HdMedia HDR, implementing HDR can significantly enhance the viewer’s visual experience on existing 3G infrastructure. With an appropriately aligned color pipeline, productions can achieve substantial quality enhancements without significant infrastructure overhauls.”

Ahead of the upcoming 2023/24 winter semester, HdM’s Audiovisual Media master’s level will be renamed “Audiovisual Media Creation and Technology.” The updated program will underscore the integration of science, design, and technology, thus positioning itself as an interdisciplinary nexus for academic exploration. As it continues to evolve, AJA gear will remain a key part of the learning experience.

About AJA Mini-Converters

From production to post and live events, AJA Mini-Converters offer the most complete range of compact, standalone conversion and infrastructure solutions, designed to the highest standards in reliability and quality. Our converters cover a full range of 4K, HD and SD capabilities to meet your needs.  www.aja.com/nav/products-mini-converters

About AJA FS-HDR

FS-HDR is a powerful universal converter/frame synchronizer designed specifically to meet the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WGC) needs of broadcast, OTT, production, post, and live event AV environments, where real time, low latency processing and color fidelity is required for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG functionality is powered by the Colorfront Engine proprietary video processing algorithms.  www.aja.com/fs-hdr

About AJA ColorBox

ColorBox from AJA is a compact, high performance converter for color managed workflows designed to specifically meet the conversion needs of broadcast, live events, and on-set applications. Supporting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals, it utilizes 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 for single wire 4K/Ultra HD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-but 30p with a unique color processing pipeline. Built around a 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation, AJA Color Pipeline provides additional 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3×3 matrices that are each individually configurable event as Proc Amps or RGC Color Correctors. Easily manage color processing options via the web user interface, which can be accessed directly from a wired Ethernet connection or through a wireless connection via a third party WiFi USB adapter. www.aja.com/colorbox

About AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G

Ki Pro Ultra 12G is a multi-channel Apple ProRes recorder offering up to 4-Channels of simultaneous HD recording, or in Single-Channel mode, a 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR recorder and player. Avid DNxHD MXF is also supported up to HD formats in Single-Channel mode. Ki Pro Ultra 12G offers 12G-SDI single cable simplicity for large rasters up to full 4K, (the 4x 3G-SDI inputs/outputs can be used for Quad Link operations as required) and HDMI 2.0 digital video connectivity with HDR support for both recording and playback. A wealth of analog and digital audio connectivity answers any project’s demand for efficient, powerful and flexible workflows. For distance and remote needs, 12G and 3G Fiber SFP+ options are available. Ki Pro Ultra 12G also offers  the ability to record genlock free sources with frame sync support on inputs. Designed to be either portable or rackmountable with half rack wide, 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra 12G is well suited for use in any environment.
www.aja.com/ki-pro-ultra-12g

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.