TNDV Delivers Multistage Mobile Production Services for CMA Music Festival
TNDV’s relationship with the Country Music Association is enduring, delivering full-service mobile production for several annual events including pre-show festivities for the CMA Awards each November. The CMA Music Festival is the most immense, encompassing many outdoor stages with live performances from well-known and emerging national and local musical acts. TNDV also provided onsite shooting, graphics and editing services across most stages, producing 30 original packages used in conjunction with an ABC TV special that aired on August 5.
In addition to the musical performances, TNDV’s Aspiration truck was reserved for a 10-camera live TV shoot, capturing performers and personalities for the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special. The mobile production infrastructure required 96 channels of professional audio and a massive RTS intercom matrix to ensure smooth communication across the large production crew.
Collectively, the CMA Music Festival exemplified TNDV’s ability to accommodate production requirements for events of varying scales simultaneously, demonstrating the company’s diverse skillset and technical portfolio across the five-day event. In addition to general camera shoots and audio recording, the diverse needs of the CMA Music Festival required a great deal of digital content management, from on-the-fly editing to live web streaming.
“Our relationship with the CMA is based on production flexibility, requiring an innate ability to adjust on short notice while keeping pace with their year-on-year growth,” said Nic Dugger, owner and president, TNDV. “The relationship has evolved over a six-year period, when we were first approached for a simple rental that we quickly converted into a custom flypack. This year, it meant providing a diverse array of scaled mobile production solutions, including trucks and flypacks, to shoot, mix, edit and stream performances throughout the week. That made for a number of unique and interesting situations that allowed us to engineer custom workflows to accommodate production needs based on event scale and venue size.”
Some of the more unique events included the CMA Close Up stage, featuring private performances and interviews from Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes and other well-known artists. TNDV set up a streaming server to capture the main events, engineering a live, automated switching architecture with three HD robotic cameras and integrated encoding technologies from BlackMagic Design to seamlessly hand off the live streams.
Additionally, TNDV converted a downtown honkytonk club into a performance venue that also served as a shoot for the premiere episode of Big Smo, a new A&E network reality TV show that follows the life of a Tennessee rap artist. The end-to-end solution includes several large HD display screens for live image magnification of the performances.
On a grander scale, TNDV supplied a five-camera HD flypack for the CMA Chevy Riverfront Stage, with massive LED video boards and a full online HD edit suite. Performances from this stage, which included Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Colt Ford, were also played back across other venues throughout the week using Aja KiPro servers.
TNDV also provided complete support for the press room at LP Field, the Tennessee Titans NFL stadium that served as the main CMA Music Festival venue. The production infrastructure here included HD cameras for live interview feeds, along with a complete signal routing and processing infrastructure to support HD-SDI, SD-SDI and composite video outputs, along with XLR audio for mic and line level connections. Custom TNDV made press mults featuring three video options, two audio options, and integrated LCD monitors were made available to the press.
Additional mobile production solutions for other CMA Festival location shoots included:
· The company’s Inspiration mobile production truck, a large LED board and a custom PA sound system for the City of Hope celebrity softball game at Greer Stadium.
· Multiple HD cameras and live switching at the CMA Global Stage, positioned on the corner of 1st Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville.
· Custom HD flypacks to shoot in-house video and ISO-record Grand Ole Opry performances, to be used for a Labor Day TV special.
Custom mobile production solutions were also developed across additional venues, including the Bud Light Stage and Samsung Galaxy Stage among other locations.
TelevisionFormed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of over 22 years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent projects include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and for the first time in broadcasting history TNDV produced the 2014 Hat Trick of Country Music Award show red carpet specials, including the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, and the ACM Awards.