Cambridge, UK (August 27, 2008)--Polish state television Telewizja Polska (TVP) recently took delivery of a new 20-camera HD OB truck from German systems integrator BFE that includes a SADiE PCM-H128 multitrack recorder/editor.
The system, which was supplied by SADiE's German and Swiss distributor Stefan Mayer, records up to 128 channels of digital audio in 48 kHz/24 bit. It is fitted with a custom 9-pin connector that allows the transport and channel select on the multitrack recorder to be remotely controlled from the truck's StageTec console, thus giving TVP's engineers more flexibility.
Elmar Gˆtter, of BFE, who designed the audio system within the OB Van, says, "All of TVP's OB vans were fitted with similar SADiE systems. Compatibility and ease of media transfer were important considerations for TVP; therefore, it made sense to go with a multitrack system with which they were already familiar. Both TVP and BFE were also impressed with SADiE's renowned stability and the fact that the PCM-H128 can mirror record on two different media."
The new truck has a total length of 16.5m and is 4m high. It incorporates three extendable units in its video, audio and VTR/editing areas, along with room and equipment air condition units that provide 70 kW of cooling.
In the audio area, the truck has a StageTec Aurus console, which provides eight-track sound for the six program channels. The SADiE multitrack unit is used to record the audio and there is also a Pro Tools system for instant editing.
Gˆtter adds, "For storage, the SADiE system uses internal S-ATA as well as external FireWire hard disks. The external disks are mounted in a removable frame that allows fast interchange of audio data. An additional SCSI-Controller allows additional interchange with SCSI-Media. EDL exchange is also included and supports AES31, AAF and OMF1/2 file formats."
The new truck is now on the road recording various live events for TVP, including the new Polish football season. It will also be on show at IBC 2008 in Amsterdam.