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CONNECTED points are covered below. For a full list visit the 3xScreen Media website. http://www.3xscreen.co.uk/outdoor- broadcast-van/ In brief, the key production features of the pod include an eight-camera vision mixer, full motion graphics and media players, audio mixing including compressor/limiter on all sources, the ability to make ISO recording of up to eight sources in ProRes, fi le-based ProRes editing via a Gigabit Ethernet network and placement of removable Hard Disk Drives in HDD caddies and live edit via Thunderbolt interface. There is also the capability for up to six-channel replays with four input sources and two fully independent, simultaneous playout channels, full SDI workfl ow with SDI routing of all inputs and outputs. Starting with the vision mixer, Mildred is equipped with the latest from NewTek, the TriCaster 860. A great example of increased functionality, the 860 allows for up to eight simultaneous live video sources in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite connections and resolutions. It has 24 switcher channels and two network sources and has audio mixing and compressing capabilities as well as ISO recording of up to eight sources in ProRes. Partnered with the TriCaster 860 is NewTek’s 3Play 425, which brings additional production values to the table. It provides up to six-channel replays with four input sources and two fully independent, simultaneous playout channels. Full motion graphics can be incorporated into the live production with two LiveText computers that allow fully automated graphics such as names straps and lower thirds to be edited on the fl y and made live during the broadcast along with a monitored live Twitter ticker for those events requiring live social media integration. The recent integration of Young Monkey’s Master Control to the graphics workfl ow has allowed us to fully automate the live graphics, allowing the TriCaster operator to focus on vision mixing. To further enhance the sound and audio capabilities of the NewTek production suite, the 3xScreen OB van has an integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones. There is a seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/ limiter per input and output. Digital audio inputs are equipped with audio time-base synchronizers. For events requiring live commentary, commentators are provided with Coles lip mics and a program output monitor and can be located anywhere onsite. Out in the fi eld, camera operators enjoy the benefi ts of wireless Tally from Boxx and additional camera-top monitoring and recording in ProRes via Atomos Samurai fi eld recorders. The BMD ATEM camera converters utilised at the camera locations can be used on their integrated batteries. For some sporting events that require our cameramen to be as unencumbered as possible, wireless camera connectivity is provided by Teradek zero-delay Bolt 5GHz wireless links. This workfl ow design eradicates the 60 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 necessity for power to be supplied to the camera positions from the truck so they can be either be powered by battery or to be connected to mains power. Other camera options are on-hand for events that require a custom solution. A diverse range of GoPro mounting options, including a doggie-cam and a fl ying zipwire DactylCam, are testament to the dedication of the 3xScreen team to providing a solution to any brief. Newer to Mildred’s kit is a set of Sony BRC robotic cameras that give greater fl exibility with both camera positions and crew restrictions - handy for when placing cameramen out in the fi eld is either impractical or unsafe. Beauty shots are provided by a combination of GoPro Hero3 point of view cameras and steerable Axis HD camera heads that are powered over Ethernet and can be remotely controlled by an iPad or PC. So far unmentioned is Mildred’s network connectivity, a key outstanding feature, consisting of a self-seeking KU-band broadband satellite dish, KA-band fl y-away broadband satellite connection, the latest in mobile uplink technology, plus the ability to connect to venue Ethernet and WiFi from a distance up to one kilometre. This is designed to work around most conceivable connectivity issues that may arise even in remote and unconnected locations. The aforementioned connectivity options, the KU and KA broadband satellite dishes and 4G connectivity are essentially the back up to the reliable and adaptable LiveU LU70 mobile uplink solution. The LU70 bonds seven 3G and 4G connections from various service providers and intuitively selects the strongest connections enabling it to