General Contact

Gemini House, NEP UK Downmill Road GB- RG12 1QS Bracknell United Kingdom

http://www.nepgroup.com +44 1344 356 700 (work)

Contact Persons

Madina Mamedova

+44 1344 356707 (work)

John Bullen

+ 44 7884 581 207 (cell)

NEP Broadcast Services UK Equinox

General Contact

Gemini House, NEP UK Downmill Road GB- RG12 1QS Bracknell United Kingdom

http://www.nepgroup.com +44 1344 356 700 (work)

Contact Persons

Madina Mamedova

+44 1344 356707 (work)

John Bullen

+ 44 7884 581 207 (cell)

NEP Equinox Floor Plan

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Technical Synopsis

GENERAL

Name of Truck
Equinox
Maximum of Cameras
32
Maximum of Recording Positions
12
HD Formats
  • 1080i
  • 1080p
Length (m)
16.1
Width (m)
2.5
Width Expanded (m)
6.5
Height (m)
4
Voltage (V)
  • 220/240

PRODUCTION

Vision Mixer - Production 1
1x MVS-8000X (Sony)
DVE - Production 1
1x MVE-8000 (Sony)
Monitor Lines - Production 1
300

VISION CONTROL

Cameras
18x HDC-2500 (Sony)
Video Matrix
1x Platinum IP3 (Imagine Communications)

VIDEO RECORDING

VTRs
2x HDW-D2000 (Sony)
HardDisks
8x XT3 (EVS)

AUDIO RECORDING

Audio Mixer
1x Artemis Beam (Calrec)

INTERCOM

Intercom Matrix
1x ADAM (RTS)

SPECIAL FEATURES

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Inside Equinox, an RTS ADAM modular matrix frame equipped with a 64 channel OMI OMNEO matrix interface card offers up to 272 ports, providing a Dante backbone for the OB truck’s comms workflow. In addition, the frame hosts five AIO-16 analog interface cards, a MADI-16 Plus interface card and two TBX-Tribus cards for connecting Equinox with other trucks in the NEP fleet. A total of ten 32-key KP-5032 keypanels have been integrated into the vehicle, alongside a further 31 16-key KP-4016 panels.
Asked about his choice of OMNEO IP technology for the future-proofed fleet and Equinox in particular, Fournier immediately points to the many benefits of working in an audio-over-IP environment. “OMNEO, which facilitates the use of Dante audio, has really taken off in the broadcast world over the last two years,” he reasons. “The choice of OMNEO means that we benefit from vastly reduced cabling – all a KP-5032 or KP-4016 keypanels needs is a Cat-5 Ethernet or a fiber connection. Even if we have a long-distance run over kilometers, we can fiber it. In fact many of the horse racing grounds serviced by Equinox are now being retrofitted with permanent fiber, so if you need to position a panel somewhere on site then it’s easy to do so.”
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He continues, “the use of Dante audio makes it simple for us to provide preview boxes for the director and producer; you can simply pin them in the Dante audio network through the RTS system. Because we have Dante cards in our desks, there’s no patching involved – everything just appears on the network, so you can pick it up, make an IFB out of it and pass it on.”

The flexibility of the system has particularly proven its worth at horse racing venues, where members of the production team are sometimes based far from the truck. “If someone using a remote panel wants program sound on a little monitor speaker, and we don’t have any wire there but we do have an RTS panel, then we can pin program audio from the desk to one of the spare Dante inputs of the panel, then reroute it to the panel’s XLR and simply plug the little speaker in,” Fournier enthuses. “We can achieve that with no extra wire required other than a mains lead.”

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