Bartlemy, Co. Cork, Ireland (August 30, 2007)–Irish outside broadcasting facilities/service provider, Television Mobiles Ltd. (TVM), has chosen the new Studer Vista 5 digital console to spruce up the audio section of its OB3 production truck, thereby becoming the first customer in Ireland to adopt the desk for a mobile broadcast application.
TVM’s Bart Arnold briefly auditioned the Vista 5 at the 2006 IBC expo. “It’s easy to work with, easy to route things and easy to see what you’ve routed to where,” he says.
The Vista 5 replaces a 48-channel analog console in the 40-foot OB3 Volvo articulated vehicle, which has four separate rooms–production, sound, VTR and engineering–and has been designed to cover sports and light entertainment. It carries a 12-camera scanner, with a current component of six HD and six Standard cameras, although the latter will be phased out as the OB3 becomes a fully HDTV unit.
The Studer digital console had space left over after the installation, enabling a VGA monitor on custom-built oak panels to be mounted beside the console. Reflecting the variety of shows and events attended by the OB3, the Vista 5 can slide into two different positions: one for sports and the other ideal for music production.
In the first few weeks after commissioning, Arnold assigned the OB3 with its Vista 5 to a variety of projects, including live rugby matches and horseracing at Leopardstown. He reports, “The sound engineers have been happy with the speed at which they have mastered the desk, and the control surface has proved very informative. All our clients on all these OBs have had ample channels to achieve their production goals.”