Cologne, Germany (March 7, 2011)–RTW announced the first installation worldwide of its TouchMonitor TM9, in the TVN-‹2HD 3D-enabled production truck.
Located in Hanover, TVN Mobile Production is one of Germany’s leading TV-production companies. It operates a large fleet of HDTV-enabled OB vehicles. The TVN-‹2HD unit is a large semi-trailer with three side extensions and a total work area of about 70 square meters. Recently, the audio system was entirely replaced to upgrade the truck with HD and 3D capabilities. The core of the new sound area is a Lawo mc≤56 featuring an MKII HD core and 288 DSP channels.
“Obviously, the vehicle’s new audio area needed to include a state-of-the-art goniometer that would meet current loudness-metering guidelines,” says Stephan Thyssen, audio engineer at TVN Mobile Production. “Therefore, a TouchMonitor was the system of choice. The truck did not provide enough space for a standard desktop-based solution, but RTW and Lawo together found the ideal solution for both requirements: the two companies integrated the TouchMonitor into the Lawo console interface.”
“TVN is a renowned service provider in broadcast. We are really happy to have it as the first TouchMonitor user worldwide,” says RTW’s managing director Andreas Tweitmann. “RTW made no compromises in designing the TouchMonitor to meet the demands of professional users in broadcast, post-production and studio production.”
In December, TVN put the newly designed TVN-‹2HD into operation for the Telekom Extreme Playgrounds Show in Berlin. The event, which was organized by MTV, required three sound-control facilities plus live music mixing. Subsequent assignments included the Biathlon World Cup at Ruhpolding (Germany) and Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel, a prime-time entertainment program on German TV.
The TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions feature 7-in. and 9-in. touch-sensitive displays, respectively. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. It supports displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults. All in all, the user views up to 16 analog and/or digital sources at the same time.