TNDV Destination Packs Big HD Mobile Production Capabilities into Agile, Medium-sized Truck
TNDV upgraded and rebranded the medium-sized truck after fulfilling its service at the arena. Now called Destination, the truck is built to integrate with TNDV’s remaining eight video and audio trucks. The name also recognizes the truck’s long journey to its final home in Nashville.
“In light of the growing demand for compact HD production trucks for live sports and entertainment, music festivals and concerts, we completely re-engineered the truck’s interior with a robust infrastructure capable of handling a high density of video and audio feeds,” Dugger said. Destination is well-equipped to handle all types of live events, such as music festivals and concerts, college and high school sports, Red Carpet shows, and interviews with athletes and celebrities. It can also accompany our full-sized, flagship trucks whenever they are sent to cover major network television events, such as live sports, awards shows, and music specials. For large-scale music events, we can switch multiple outputs from within the truck, and for sports, there’s an unusually large 3 M/E production switcher for what is considered a smaller truck.”
With expanding sides that increase the truck’s width from 9 to 11.5 feet, Destination’s unique interior includes a main video area, an audio suite, and an isolated video production area that allows producers and editors to work on content without disrupting live shows.
In the main production space, a Ross Carbonite 3 M/E production switcher—capable of supporting a live multi-camera workflow—faces a large multiviewer monitor wall. The truck also offers an array of high-end digital video effects (DVEs) and live broadcast graphics options, including two Ross xPression dual-channel CG systems, and either a Chyron Duet Hyper X3 or Pinnacle Deko 3000 dual-channel live graphics system. Programs can be recorded onto a bank of Aja KiPro digital disc recorders, and optionally, either Sony 1800 HDCam or Panasonic AJ-HD1200A VTRs. An EVS 6-channel HD XT slo-mo system provides an added benefit for live sports production.
For acquisition, Destination carries a complement of Hitachi SK-HD1200 portable HD studio/field production cameras which, with their three 2.3-megapixel ultra-advanced CCDs, produce a high dynamic range (HDR) 1080p picture with low noise. The truck’s audio suite features a Soundcraft Si Impact 32 fader digital audio mixer with a Soundcraft MADI stagebox. Video and multiviewer routing are handled by a large Platinum router from Imagine Communications.
“While the truck is compact, there’s plenty of room to accommodate any needs our clients may have for separate workspaces,” he added. “We even have a kitchenette with a fridge and dining area, among other conveniences, to support the crews during long work hours.”
ABOUT TNDV: Television
Since its 2004 founding by Company Owner and President Nic Dugger, TNDV: Television has steadily grown from a single, small video truck to a fleet of nine custom-engineered mobile video units, including the 4K-ready, 53-foot double-expando Exclamation! With its impressive, new Nashville, TN headquarters, which houses a fully equipped 17 x 30-foot studio, this Emmy-winning company has emerged as a leader in television production services for live broadcast networks and streaming media events. TNDV has been pivotal to producing many special sports and entertainment moments in 4K/UHD and HD/SD, including “Reba McIntyre Live at the Ryman Auditorium,” “Melissa Etheridge and Friends,” the “Blake and Friends” concert, Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Celebration, the 26th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards,” and the Emmy Award-winning music show, “Skyville Live.” To learn more about TNDV’s trucks, crews, and services, please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com.