Hebden Bridge, U.K. (August 17, 2015)—Timeline Television, a U.K. outside broadcast and post provider, has installed a 40-fader Calrec Artemis console in Europe’s first 4K/UHD OB truck, which it built primarily to provide content for BT Sport, which launched Europe’s first live sports UHD channel on August 1.
Timeline, who also coordinate with BT Sport on its broadcast facility in London, chose the Artemis console for the UHD1 truck in part because it had a large fader count in a small footprint. Also, the surface was familiar to many experienced OB audio mixers, which minimized setup times.
“Our aim is to deliver high-quality, exciting, and engaging 5.1 surround sound for all of BT’s UHD and HD productions. But there are timing complications that go along with embedding audio and encoding/embedding Dolby E in 4K video that make it tricky,” said Will Underwood, Timeline’s lead sound engineer.
“We easily overcome those challenges with the Artemis console. Redundancy, Hydra2 routing, the flexible range of fixed-format and modular I/O—all of those are important. And the loudness metering and ‘look-ahead’ limiters are particularly useful in helping mix engineers meet EBU R128 requirements.”
Timeline’s UHD1 is under contract with BT Sport to cover sporting events across the U.K. and Europe, including UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League Football, Aviva Premiership Rugby, and MotoGP. The truck’s first broadcast event was the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on August 2.