"As the first units in Australia to deploy 3Gb/s ready infrastructure, our new HD trucks represent leading-edge broadcast technologies," said Terry Manley, chief engineer at Global Television. "The Wohler equipment is an optimal fit, enabling robust and flexible monitoring of digital audio and high-resolution video while taking up very little space in our truck. Space, power, and weight savings are critical to cost-effective mobile production, and Wohler's monitoring solutions meet all these requirements while offering the premium performance our clients demand in HD production."
The extensive installation of Wohler gear within the Global Television OB trucks includes MON series rackmount LCD HD/SD video monitors, along with Wohler's digital audio monitoring bridges for HD/SD video and digital audio monitoring. The compact yet flexible design of Wohler's MON high-resolution display monitors is ideal for confidence monitoring of multiple video feeds in mobile applications where space is at a premium.
The MON4-2W/HR features four side-by-side 4.3-inch wide-format LCD panels, each with dedicated recessed controls for contrast and brightness, native 16:9 aspect ratio, and selection between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios for SD-SDI signals, as well as tally indicators and independent power and input termination switches. Each LCD is mounted in a cylinder and thus may be rotated approximately ±30 degrees in the vertical plane for optimum operator viewing angles.
A total of nine MON4-2W/HR HD/SD rackmount LCD video monitors are being installed in each truck, providing 36 individual widescreen displays in just 18 RU. These units will support the bulk of Global Television's video monitoring activity. Seven MON1-T/7W-HR 7-inch high-resolution HD/SD monitors will be mounted adjacent to Tektronix Waveform Monitors in a Tektronix tub to facilitate detailed signal analysis.
Each OB truck will be equipped with 14 of Wohler's AMP1-S8MDA HD/SD embedded audio monitoring bridges and a single E MON-1/M audio bridge with built in Dolby® E decoding. The AMP1-S8MDA is a complete audio monitoring solution capable of monitoring audio from HD-SDI, SD-SDI, AES/EBU, and analog signal sources. The 1RU system processes and monitors up to eight channels from an HD-SDI or SD-SDI bit stream, two sets of four AES/EBU signal pairs (balanced and unbalanced), or eight balanced analog channels. Eight high-resolution 26-segment tricolor LED bar-graph audio-level meters provide accurate and instantaneous visual level monitoring at a glance.
Sydney-based Quinto Communications supplied the Wohler gear for Global Television. "This will be the largest deployment of Wohler monitoring equipment in an OB environment within Australia," said Tom Pavicic, general manager of Quinto Communications.
The first of the two HD OB units will hit the road by the end of 2008, and the second will be completed in early 2009.
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About Global Television
Global Television was incorporated in 1987 and has grown into the leading service provider to the Australian television and broadcast industry. The company is uniquely resourced to meet the needs of clients — regardless of the project's size or logistical demands. The company's fleet of OB units incorporates the latest in digital technology: they are purpose-designed to handle the long haul between Australian cities; they include five of the most advanced 16:9 digital outside broadcast expandable "super trucks" in Australia; and they feature multicamera control and an editing/effects unit for online editing, digital video effects, and instant slow-motion replays. More information about Global Television is available online at www.globaltv.com.au.
About Quinto Communications
The name 'Quinto' has been synonymous with the Australian television and radio industries for more than 30 years. Formed during the latter half of the 1960's, Quinto has steadily established itself as one of Australia and New Zealand's leading suppliers of high technology broadcasting equipment. In 1986, operations commenced in Melbourne to serve Australia's second largest city. Since then Quinto has proceeded to establish Melbourne as the HQ and company's marketing and financial center, while Sydney continues to be the technical support hub as well as being a major sales center. More information about Quinto Communications is available at www.quinto.com.au.
About Wohler Technologies Inc. and PANORAMAdtv
Since its inception in 1987, Wohler Technologies' video products division, PANORAMAdtv, continues to be a world leader in providing in-rack audio and video monitoring solutions for the broadcast, motion picture, and professional audio/visual markets. The San Francisco Bay Area-based company offers a comprehensive range of products that simplify analog and digital source monitoring in facilities of all sizes and complexity. More information is available at www.wohler.com.