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Avitech achieves OB OB breakthrough

24 January 2008

Outside Broadcast, one of Belgium’s leading OB production companies, has chosen Avitech multiviewers for the monitoring of multiple HD and SD video and audio signals in its brand-new Unit 14 HD truck. The sale was made though Avitech’s Belgian representative, Diginet, writes Fergal Ringrose.

Unit 14 has been designed to specialise in a variety of Belgian and European productions including sporting and gaming events. Built with quality in mind, the OB van has been outfitted with high-end SD/HD equipment including Avitech’s multviewers driving Neovo X-W19 displays, Sony cameras, a Thomson Kayak HD 450 production switcher, an Nvision 3Gb matrix, EVS slo-mo servers, and a Lawo MC266 audio console.

Avitech’s MCC-8004 series of multiviewers are located at the heart of the truck and are used at slo-mo and producer desks in camera control and audio areas. They are configured for displaying four or eight sources per monitor. Each Avitech MCC-8004U multiviewer module handles up to four auto-detect HD-SDI, SD-SDI / composite video inputs, and provides a high quality output resolution up to 1920 x 1200. Cascading modules allow the display of the desired number of sources per monitor.

“After reviewing the available competitive multiviewer technology on the market we decided to move forward with Avitech’s solution,” comments Andr_ Verbesselt, head of engineering for Outside Broadcast. “The Avitech modules provide a modular, no single point of failure design, which is incredibly important during the production of live events. The ability to automatically detect and accept any type of input signal is fantastic. The wide choice of supported output resolutions makes it simple to choose a display. The price-to-performance ratio of the Avitech equipment convinced us, as well as the ease of integration into our existing infrastructure.

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