The three new HD trucks under construction for horse racing TV facilities company RaceTech will feature Trilogy Communications digital matrix intercom systems, writes Kevin Hilton.
The vehicles are being built by Megahertz Broadcast Systems and will each house a Yamaha DM1000 digital audio console, with room for a second.
RaceTech (Racecourse Technical Services) provides facilities to independent sports channel Racing UK and intends to have the new trucks in operation by the first quarter of 2011. The aim is for them to cover March’s Cheltenham Festival in HD, making it the first leading horse racing event to be screened in the format by Channel 4 in the UK.
Three trucks in RaceTech’s existing fleet of six will be retired to make way for the new units. Each of the HD scanners will house a Trilogy Commander digital matrix intercom, which can be used to build communications systems of up to 576×576.
A feature of the system is the Pathfinder configuration software, which was a selling point for RaceTech’s senior engineer, Chris Clark: “The guys at Trilogy gave us the opportunity to try out the software and we were immediately impressed with the breadth of facilities available, as well as its intuitive design.”