Ireland’s leading outside broadcasting facilities/service provider, Television Mobiles Ltd. (TVM), installed a new Studer Vista 5 digital console in its OB3 production truck, becoming the first customer in Ireland to adopt the desk for a mobile broadcast application.
TVM’s Bart Arnold briefly auditioned the Vista 5 at the 2006 IBC expo before deciding that it offered an attractive price/performance package for a compact digital console. “It’s easy to work with, easy to route things and easy to see what you’ve routed to where,” he says. Arnold also praised Studer’s patented Vistonics operating system.
The Vista 5 replaces a 48-channel analog console in the 40-foot OB3 Volvo articulated vehicle, which has four separate rooms—production, sound, VTR and engineering—and was designed to cover sports and light entertainment events. It carries a 12-camera scanner, with a current component of six HD and six standard cameras, although the latter will be phased out as the OB3 becomes a fully HDTV unit.
The Studer digital console is compact enough that the TVM team had space left over after the installation, enabling it to mount the VGA monitor on custom-built oak panels beside the console. Reflecting the variety of shows and events attended by the OB3, the Vista 5 can slide into two different positions: one for sports and the other for music production.
In the first few weeks after commissioning, Arnold assigned the OB3 with its Vista 5 to a variety of projects, including live rugby matches and horse racing at Leopardstown. “The sound engineers have been happy with the speed at which they have mastered the desk, and the control surface has proved very informative,” Arnold says. “All our clients on all these OBs have had ample channels to achieve their production goals.”