AXON Controls and Monitors CTV's OB3 & 11
The new truck commissioned to work on CTV’s recently renewed cricket contract with Sky Sports has been future-proofed to be 4K-capable as a matter of course. It supports 28 cameras and can accommodate 34 production staff. The unit is 3Gb/s throughout which is supported by AXON's signal processing equipment. One of the Synapse modules in use is the GDV080 a 3Gb/s Monitoring distribution amplifier with down converted SD or analog video outputs. In case CTV will have a requirement for 4K production AXON can provide 4K up and down converters which fit in the same form factor as the 3GB/s modules.
The control and monitoring of the Sony production switcher, Image Communications router, Calrec audio console, RTS/Telex intercom and the Synapse modules is done through AXON's monitoring and control software Cerebrum. Launched at IBC2013 Cerebrum provides comprehensive tools to configure, control, monitor and maintain products from any manufacturer within and beyond the broadcasting industry. It is one interface to control many devices.OB3, another addition to CTV's fleet, used for 'Match of the Day' has also been equipped with Cerebrum.
"CTV chose Cerebrum as we wanted to develop a fully functional and versatile ground up control system with a trusted partner for our state of the art flagship unit, OB11", explains Hamish Greig, CTV's Technical Director.
Axon added almost full RTS Intercom functionality to the Cerebrum software. Axon and RTS have won CTV OB3 and OB11 for general control/routing. Then Cerebrum system has better graphics, better intercom control, is easier to set up and is less costly.
“Another major win for Cerebrum in an OBVan and we are very pleased that CTV has chosen us for such a prestigious project”, says Harry Kanters, Axon’s VP of Marketing & Sales. “Within 9 months from its launch at IBC Cerebrum has proven to be a huge success.”