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TVBEurope 49 The Workflow


planning and technology group leading to its success in winning an international tender in December 2010. A timeline of 330 days was set for the design, construction, delivery and commissioning of the trucks – an ambitious timescale for a project of this scale. “TRT needed to acquire the skills and knowledge to design


winters in the mountainous north eastern regions. “We spent a considerable amount of time working with TRT, learning how they produce different types of programmes and how they resource productions. With this knowledge, we were able to design the optimum layout of the vehicles in terms of production, MCR,


360 is the stand out choice in the region.” When it came to building the


vehicle’s technology architecture, Dowdall shows a different perspective. “When you are building an elegant truck, capable of supporting both SD and HD video and audio, it is important to identify a brand and technology that puts the heart of


“HD helps to communicate athletes’ emotions to a worldwide audience. Also, HD Slo-mo is so much better than its SD counterpart and this is a key to my abilities as a director”


and build two HD OB trucks that would meet their demanding production needs,” says Eamonn Dowdall, Business Development director at Gearhouse Broadcast’s parent company, Gravity Media Group. “To start with, the vehicles have to withstand climatic extremes from the incredible dry heat of the Turkish summer in the south of the country to the hard freezing


engineering and audio areas. “We chose Sony cameras because of their excellent reputation as an OB style camera. With regard to vision switchers, we looked at the range of established vision switcher manufacturers in the region and matched up the need for a flexible, multi-functional and future proofed product. In this respect, Snell and Kahuna


and is tuned in with what the user wants from those technologies. “In an OB environment, every job is a new job. Whilst it’s nice to have great cameras and vision mixers, it is the interfacing of how the truck works that is so critical and Harris has a winning range of products for us. It is well engineered, very reliable and very much fit for purpose according to TRT’s needs,” says Dowdall. According to TRT’s


Deniz San, TRT Sports Channel


the truck together in terms of routing, digital distribution, up- and down-converters, embedding and de-embedding. For us, that brand is Harris. “We needed an architecture and technical structure that integrates all the key components under one operating system and user interface. From our experience as an international SI, Harris is listening to the end user


Production Manager Tugrul Bas, the IAAF World Indoor Athletics event could form a stepping-stone to a much larger prize. “Istanbul has been accepted as a candidate for the host city for the 2020 summer games,” explains Bas. “These championships are a good reference for TRT, together with our fantastic new HD OB production facility. “It demonstrates the skills of our


dedicated team of engineers, production and support staff, as well as our ability to invest in the resources that such an international event requires. Can we support the 2020 summer games and make it into something special to the world? Yes we can!”


Live HD coverage from TRT at IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul last month


“These new OB trucks are very comfortable and make production of fantastic HDTV so much easier,” says San


“Stretches your ability but not your budget”


‘I’ve really enjoyed road-testing Canon’s new addition to its portable ENG lens series. It’s called the KJ20x8.2B IRSD and comes with a built in 2x extender. Cost versus quality is the age-old dilemma but I’d say Canon has cracked it.


I recommend it to anyone looking for a long lens when on a tight budget.’


Max Hodgetts, Lighting cameraman.


The KJ20x8.2B IRSD Scan the QR code to see the full video


interview, and product specifications www.canon-europe.com/tv-products


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