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Telegenic plans fourth 3D truck

11 April 2011
Telegenic plans fourth 3D truck

Outside broadcast firm Telegenic has announced that it  is planning to build a fourth 3D truck to help cater for the rising demand in studio based light entertainment 3D programming, largely from Sky. Telegenic’s managing director Mike Spencer told TVB Europe, “I expect to order another as soon as the third is finished but I’ll make this one physically smaller so it is more accessible for London streets.” Telegenic’s first 3D capable truck, a retrofit of its T18 HD vehicle, only hit the roads this time last year in time to head down to South Africa for production of World Cup soccer coverage. Its second truck, T19 – pictured – was a new build, but identical to the first in terms of size and spec, and joined its fleet in July, while a third large scanner is having its finishing touches applied at systems integrator Sony Professional. That unit will make its debut in May for Sky’s production of the UEFA Champions League Final in 3D at Wembley. Sky is the firm’s main client. Indeed the broadcaster owns T18 after commissioning Telegenic to build it. Both existing OB trucks are busy on two to three 3D Premiership matches a week and other non-sports 3D productions already shot for Sky include Peter Gabriel and Kylie concerts plus coverage of the forthcoming Isle of Wight music festival. Its trucks also aided the production of the opera feature Carmen 3D. “We see a growing demand for non-sport live and recorded programming and events,” confirms Spencer. No other UK outside broadcaster has a single dedicated 3D vehicle, although some claim their latest HD trucks are 3D-ready. Telegenic’s third truck will house space for 24 cameras, or 12 3D positions. Sony P1 cameras will form part of the acquisition mix to enable greater flexibility in working with mirror and side by side positions in stadia where space is at a premium.
 For the first time, MPE-200 processors are being wired in; and while this doesn’t rule out the use of 3Ality rigs and SIPs, the more likely option is for Element Technica rigs with which Sony has done most work collecting metadata. There will be a single fibre output from the rigs back to 12 HDFA-200 adapters. Other kit includes a Sony MVS 8000X switcher, a Calrec Audio console, 10 EVS servers, Vutrix 2D monitors, Sony 3D monitors in the engineering area with an Evertz multiviewer and JVC professional monitoring in the production space. It can be configured for up to eight convergence operators.
 A Miranda NV8576 Hybrid router populated with a mix of standard and hybrid cards gives Telegenic a 498×864 3Gig standard matrix, 64×80 3Gig de-embedding/embedding matrix, and a 6×6 MADI matrix. “This de-embed/embedding option enables them to bring in video from outside sources and shuffle it as needed,” explains Tim Walker, Miranda’s product manager. “You could take stereo pairs and change the language tracks for example.” The Hybrid router also manages embedded Dolby E keeping it properly phase aligned and introducing minimal audio to video delay of just three video lines, a key factor in Telegenic’s selection of the product.

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