ITV Channel Brand Refresh (15th November and Beyond)

(12-02-2024, 09:51 AM)agemame Wrote:  Last I heard they were using data in the streams themselves rather than visible cue dots, but that where there were causes for concern or as a belt and braces approach, they still had the ability to add them. As you say, it's mainly international football now where they're paranoid about an automation failure or similar leading to them cutting away from the footage in play.
Yes I think the system is called invisidot.

It was discussed here
www.tvforum.co.uk 
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(12-02-2024, 09:57 PM)Stooky Bill Wrote:  Yes I think the system is called invisidot.

It was discussed here
www.tvforum.co.uk 

Invisidot is now being phased out as the company that made the hardware has discontinued it. I'm told it's being replaced by tones on embedded audio tracks.
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The original Invisidot inserted OP47 data in the VANC of the SDI stream, using off-the-shelf kit from Axon. The encoders were loaned out to studios and OB facilities providing live programmes, but after several years of being shipped around the country were starting to get a bit flaky and I think the pool of working units was getting down to single figures.

I think EVS still make an OP47 inserter card, but ITV have gone down the route of commissioning Invisidot 2. It's a custom bit of kit that generates an audio tone that sounds not dissimilar to the Audio Description signalling tone or LTC (in fact it wouldn't surprise me if it was the same kind of encoding) and is embedded on one of the higher tracks of the distribution feed.

Here's a little bit of spiel from the manufacturer:
bendentech.co.uk 
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