Englewood, CO (November 29, 2017)—Remote sports broadcast company Mobile TV Group has selected Ferrofish’s A32 and A32 Dante converters for three of its mobile units, 39 Flex, 42 Flex and 42 VMU.
Mobile unit 39 Flex includes the company’s fiber booth kit which employs two A32s which receive audio from the announce booth in the venue and send it back out to the truck on one fiber. Because of limited space in most venues, Mobile TV Group’s director of engineering Peter Wehner was looking for a compact solution for this process, which is frequently used for college football broadcasts. “Our clients want these fiber booth kits, but we need them to be very compact and small because of the limited space,” Wehner said. “I set out to make the whole booth kit a six-rack unit or less. We used the Ferrofish A32 Dante to take all of our 32 channels of analog audio to and from the booth. It goes into the Ferrofish Dante, converts to Dante and then converts to fiber to get the audio back to and from the trucks.”
Mobile TV Group also employed Ferrofish’s A32 in 42 VMU, which the company dubs its Shared Resource unit that handles dual-feed production. This process is used when the company has two clients or teams each doing individual broadcasts and sharing resources.
“We have one production switcher, and we spilt it in half,” Wehner explained. “One show has half of the switcher and the other has the other half, and then they share the cameras. There’s a lot of sharing going on which is basically a cost reduction for them, but it requires two distinct shows going on at once.”
Mobile TV Group utilizes two trailers for this process—the main truck or A unit and a VMU (Visitor Mobile Unit). The Ferrofish A32 is used to move audio via MADI between the two trucks.