A FOR-A HVS-390HS 2M/E vision mixer has been installed as part of a new Mini-Rig portable production unit from Minicams. The rig has been used for shooting Twofour’s new fly-on-the-wall production for ITV, Happy Families.
The 20 RU Mini-Rig supports up to 24 Panasonic PTZ and GoPro miniature cameras and 64 microphones. The HVS-390HS mixer has a number of built-in features, including a multiviewer and frame synchronisation for all 24 video inputs, allowing for a quick set up. This has been important during the Happy Families production, as the rig continuously moves between locations and can be run by a single operator.
“The mobile Minicams Mini-Rig is designed for fast-paced broadcast production,” said Nick McLachlan, MD of Minicams. “We put the FOR-A mixer at the heart of the Mini-Rig for the Happy Families series because we needed a robust, compact and creative mixer that would not let us down. It’s proven to be the ideal choice, being easy to control, dynamic and highly portable.”
The HVS-390HS is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions and includes 16 HS/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs. Built-in resizing engines on four inputs allow mixing HD, SD, and PC sources. Two chroma keyers and four keyers per M/E are standard, all keyers have 2.5D DVE and there are two 3D DVEs (for background and keyer) for each M/E.
Peter Jones, sales manager, FOR-A (UK), commented, “We are delighted that Minicams is using the HVS-390HS vision mixer in this innovative way. It’s perfect for the Mini-Rig with all the production features needed in one box, as fast plug-in-and-go set-up.”