Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (July 15, 2010)–Independent UK outside broadcast services company Telegenic has installed a digital SoundField microphone and upmix processor in its new 3D OB vehicle.
The 3D truck has been generating live coverage in 3D on a variety of sporting events for European satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Sky has been one of the pioneers of high-definition broadcasting in Europe, offering HD visuals with 5.1 surround sound since early 2006. They have already begun regular broadcasts in 3D going out since earlier this year, including 3D coverage of the recent World Cup.
A number of outside broadcast trucks have been commissioned from Sky’s regular OB service partners in the UK to meet this need, and several have already been in service since mid-spring. One such is Telegenic’s new 3D OB vehicle, which has been in use on transmissions for Sky since April, offering visuals in 3D and sound in full 5.1.
As with all OB units destined for use on Sky broadcasts, the main surround microphone in the Telegenic 3D truck is SoundField’s digital DSF-2, together with the UK mic company’s digital 5.1 surround processor, the DSF-3. This combination produces a completely phase-coherent, all-digital 5.1 soundscape which can be downmixed for stereo transmissions to older receivers without creating phase problems.
“The new 3D truck is our fourth to feature SoundField’s equipment,” comments Dave Rowley, Telegenic’s head of sound. “It made perfect sense to Sky, and to us, to use the DSF-2 and DSF-3 to generate the 5.1 sound in the new 3D truck, as that combination has been working so well in our HD trucks. Since the 3D truck entered service, we’ve been using the SoundFields mainly for 3D coverage of live football and Rugby Union. Shortly, though, we’ll be starting on the cricket and Rugby League, and also darts.”
Also on board the new Telegenic 3D truck are two SoundField UPM-1 upmix processors, which are capable of producing downmix-compatible, phase-coherent surround from a two-channel stereo.