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O’Doherty’s Productions goes Nova

3 July 2007

Dublin’s O’Doherty’s Audio Video Productions is deploying Echolab Corporation’s Nova 1416 switcher in its 26-foot broadcast truck, which travels almost 2500 miles a month to provide A/V services to 16 racetracks spread across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“The Nova 1416 is a hugely flexible system for its size,” said Paul Johnston, unit director for O’Doherty’s. “It’s perfect for our OB truck’s hectic schedule – we are always on the road, and we need absolute reliability as well as full functionality.”

The company was looking to upgrade its digital production and found Echolab to provide a switcher that, after bouncing around day after day on bad roads, was built for endurance. The Nova 1416 offers a robust system with high-end features, including a frame buffer that allows O’Doherty’s to store the individual racetrack logos, 16 routable AUX outputs that provide distinct SDI camera feeds and flexible upstream and downstream keyers. Since space is at a premium, the compact 5RU size of the Echolab Nova 1416 switcher is a plus, as is its cool, power-efficient operation. As with all Echolab switchers, at the heart of the Nova is Echolab’s innovative system-on-chip architecture, making the Nova not only easy to upgrade, but guaranteeing it will be in the race for many years to come.

“Echolab designed the Nova with complex, demanding, and space-limited production operations exactly like O’Doherty’s in mind,” said Nigel Spratling, president of Echolab. “With its sleek Identity 4 panel, the Nova 1416 is perfect for an action-packed OB truck, meeting demands for reliability, ease of use, and maximum creative control.”

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