Los Angeles, CA (April 4, 2012)—MTV's new season of Punk'd is utilizing Clear-Com's Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix intercom, V-Series user control panels and Encore partyline, along with the Optocore interfaces V3R-FX-Intercom and X6R-FX-Intercom.
Coffey Sound, a Trew Audio Company, a Clear-Com dealer and global rental group partner, designed the one-of-a-kind communications platform and supplied the intercoms for Punk'd. The production team is using Eclipse-PiCo, Encore, and Optocore systems.
During pre-show preparation and while in production, the director, executive producer, backup producers, video engineer, hidden camera operator and audio technicians utilize the Eclipse V-Series panels to communicate with one another. The director provides cues for the talents, who are using hidden microphones and IFB earpieces, while coordinating with the producers and camera crew on two-way radios and Encore RS-603 wired beltpacks.
The V3R-FX-Intercom and X6R-FX-Intercom devices provided a high-speed interface for the Clear-Com system, along with all other audio network circuits via fiber and Cat5, permitting centralized management of the distribution network. The Optocore interfaces routed audio, data, video and intercom signals over the integrated systems in real-time. This solution decreased the number of cables required to link the voice communication systems.
"Since Punk'd is a hidden camera show, our communications setup and production are even more complex than a typical TV show configuration," said Gary Vahling, rental manager, Coffey Sound. "With the combined Clear-Com and Optocore solution, our setup time was reduced by 50 percent, lowering the production costs. With the Eclipse-PiCo, we gained access to a variety of useful functions and capabilities, which increased our performance output and supported a highly personalized production experience."