France Télévisions Productions Outfits New OB Trucks with Miranda
According to France Télévisions Productions’ Deputy Director, Michael Friederich, “We wanted to bring our Challenger production units up to full HD capability. We turned to Miranda to help us deal with our already complex and diverse OB truck technical environment. In addition to their proven technology, what sold us on Miranda was the ease of integration. Their routers, optical interfaces and modular multiviewers are very powerful, yet very compact, which gave us the maximum flexibility we need for our mobile productions.”
The Challenger trucks are used daily on productions for all France Télévisions’ channels and are typically deployed throughout France and bordering countries. Sports coverage, daily programs and live events will all benefit from the trucks’ built-in flexibility.
Friederich added, “The ability of the technology to optimize efficiency through multifunction workstations, extensive functionality and easy integration has enabled us to fulfill all internal production requests much more closely than ever before.”
The NV8280 Hybrid video/audio routers can incorporate matrices up to 288x576 in just 16 RU and features 3G/HD/SD-SDI video routing with 16 channel audio de-embedding and embedding for each truck.
The Kaleido KMV-3911 multiviewer modules in the new trucks form an exceptionally flexible, high quality multiviewer platform that is ideal for production applications. Both space and energy efficient, the ultra-quiet KMV-3911 can provide up to 20 multiviewer outputs within a 3RU Densité frame and still consume less than 300 watts in total. If connected to an upstream router, the KMV-3911 can be expanded up to 288 multiviewer outputs if required.
Both trucks are equipped with Miranda’s Telecast brand T-POV fiber-optic video/data transceiver modules that enable remotely operated, robotic POV camera systems to be connected via fiber. Also included in each truck is Python 3G, Telecast’s multichannel fiber optic HD/SDI transport system, which enables broadcasters to extend their reach hundreds of times further than equivalent coax while maintaining signal quality and reliability.
Richard Couzon, head of sales in France for Miranda, said, “France Télévisions Productions’ mission is to capture and deliver the largest and most popular events, which requires tremendous mobility, flexibility and efficiency. Our hybrid routing and modular multiviewer solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of outside broadcast and, with Telecast Fiber now fully integrated into our offering, producers can have confidence that productions will be efficiently supported and enhanced with solutions from Miranda.”
For over 23 years, Miranda Technologies has been a leading worldwide provider of hardware and software solutions for the television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industry. Its solutions span the full breadth of television operations, including production, playout and delivery. With a wealth of experience in delivering IT-based and traditional television systems, Miranda leverages its expertise to create the highest quality solutions available and delivers, deploys and supports them with a company-wide commitment to keeping the customer first. Miranda was acquired in July 2012 by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. and is the cornerstone of its broadcast division. Belden is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of cables, connectivity and networking products for many industries including broadcast, entertainment, consumer electronics, education, transportation and industrial automation.