Bel serves up audio for French Open27 May 2013
Bel Digital Audio’s new 1U 3G HD/SDI audio and audio/video confidence monitors have been deployed at Roland Garros in Paris, site of the second of this year’s four tennis ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments. Dry hire specialists Presteigne Charter have installed Bel’s 16 channel, 3G HD devices in the broadcast centre, which has been constructed for major US broadcasters to cover the event for their home audiences. The new 1U devices were launched at this year’s BVE London (pictured: Bel’s Craig Lovell at BVE), and have found favour with Roy Callow, director of projects for Presteigne Charter: “The three essential criteria for this kind of project are a high level of functionality and flexibility, ease and speed of use and the smallest dimensions achievable when you consider the limited confines the control room team are working within.” Both the BM-A1-E16SHD audio monitor and the BM-AV1-E16SHD audio and video monitor provide the user with the ability to extract and monitor all 16 audio channels embedded in two 3G/HD, or SD SDI video streams, plus the ability to monitor multiple analogue and digital audio sources. The units are configured quickly using intuitive front panel controls, with metering on high resolution bargraph meters. “Bel’s solution to configuration was ideal for our needs. When you are configuring via a touch screen or complex menu structures when speed is of the essence it is so easy get it wrong and it takes time to correct it. With the rotary controls it really is simplicity itself. You just turn the control. Bel enables the operator to have the confidence in monitoring the correct signals on the device” This year the French Open is scheduled to run from 26 May until 9 June and is the world’s leading clay court tournament. Last year over 490,000 spectators attended the event with a worldwide broadcast audience in the tens of millions.