Pittsburgh, PA (July 24, 2015)—TNDV recently provided on-site broadcast production for in-house projection and web streaming feeds for the 2015 annual International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest, hosted by the Barbershop Harmony Society.
This year’s competition, which took place Saturday, July 4 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, was webcast live on the society’s website for viewers worldwide, and projected live in the arena for fans, competitors and judges in attendance.
Mobile production specialist TNDV has provided its trucks to the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2005, starting with its first truck, Origination, which remains in operation today. TNDV has since covered the international competition in 10 different cities across North America, using its 40-foot Aspiration expanding side truck; and its portable flypack production systems for live webcasts.
This year, TNDV brought its newest, 40-foot Elevation truck to the site. The webcast was produced by Scott Wetley of Media Suite, based in Bloomingdale, IL, working in conjunction with the TNDV crew.
For this year’s competition, Elevation’s video infrastructure was supported with four Hitachi SK-HD1000 HD cameras and an on-board Soundcraft Vi3000 audio console. The audio production workflow also includes a redundant Pro Tools system, JoeCo MADI recorders and an 80-port RTS ADAM intercom system.
The competition was held in a cavernous venue that posed a variety of acoustical challenges. “This musical art form takes decades of practice to perfect and this is the international championships, so both audio and video images are expected to be perfect on this show,” said Nic Dugger, owner and president, TNDV. “In a room as massive as the one where this year’s competition took place—where a pin drop could be heard during the performances—every single detail had to be considered to make sure the show looked and sounded great for both the crowd in the arena, as well as the thousands watching live at home.”