Vancouver, Canada (January 28, 2010)–Swiss Television SRG Suisse will report 16 hours per day from the Winter Olympics using audio equipment provided by German manufacturer Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup.
“TV productioncenter zurich ag [tpc], the production subsidiary of Swiss TV SRG SSR, will install two control rooms in Vancouver and Whistler and a main switching room at the IBC in Vancouver,” explains Thomas Neuenschwander, audio engineer at tpc. He and his team opted for a six Base Devices Nexus network in the small control room in Whistler, where tpc will report live from Alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding.
The tpc studio in Vancouver will produce all background interviews, features and additional information. This studio will be connected to a larger control room equipped with Stagetec’s recently introduced Crescendo mid-size desk and a 10-Base Devices Nexus network, plus a Nexus Star in the main switching room. Two satellite uplink vehicles will send their live reports to this control room, too.
“Nexus was our first choice because we need to deal with an extremely large number of embedded audio signals simultaneously,” continues Neuenschwander. To answer this request, the Nexus Base Devices in Vancouver are populated with 62 SDI de-embedder and embedder boards XSDI. In addition, the Nexus in Whistler offers another 26 XSDI boards, altogether summing up to 960 x 960 SDI channels.
“Thanks to Nexus’ superior SDI capabilities, we can produce every required material for our broadcast center in Zurich, Switzerland starting with the SDI-feed we get from the host broadcaster,” Neuenschwander comments. This includes broadcast material without commentary, which will be dubbed in Switzerland, where four languages are spoken.
Neuenschwander and his staff are already familiar with the larger Aurus console, which is installed in tpc’s OB trucks. “For the Games, we have preferred the Crescendo over the Aurus as we won’t need the huge amount of controls the Aurus offers,” he says. “The Crescendo instead gives us almost the same DSP power in a small, easy-to-transport console footprint.”
Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup