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Third Telegenic 3D truck takes Apollo

UK outside broadcast company Telegenic is putting a third 3D, 5.1 truck on the road this summer, equipped with Sony cameras and a Calrec Audio Apollo digital console, writes Kevin Hilton. The new unit is being built for BSkyB to satisfy what it sees as the growing demand for stereoscopic broadcasting.

UK outside broadcast company Telegenic is putting a third 3D, 5.1 truck on the road this year, equipped with Sony cameras and a Calrec Audio Apollo digital console, writes Kevin Hilton. The new unit is being built for BSkyB to satisfy what it sees as the growing demand for stereoscopic broadcasting. Europe’s first OB designed specifically for 3D TV production, T18, also known as T3D, went into operation in March 2010. Since then 48 fader Apollo equipped vehicle has worked on a variety of productions, although predominantly coverage of Premier League football. Sky’s initial 3D service was available in selected pubs in the UK and Ireland. The broadcaster launched a dedicated channel for the home on 1st October last year. As Sky increased its 3D operations it saw the need for a second truck, which Telegenic put into operation towards the end of 2010, again equipped with an Apollo. The third vehicle (pictured in the factory) is being systems integrated by Sony Professional, which also worked on the two other trucks. Mark Grinyer from Sony Professional says coverage of last year’s World Cup football and Ryder Cup golf in 3D has won over audiences around the world and convinced broadcasters, led by Sky, to invest heavily in stereoscopic technology. “With Sky’s 3D channel recently hitting the 70,000 subscriber mark, consumer demand for 3D is accelerating at a phenomenal pace and we’ve seen a huge uplift in interest for alternative 3D content, such as ballet and concerts,” he says. Telegenic’s third 3D scanner will feature a 48-fader Apollo, 16 Hydra2 network I/O boxes, 128 AES I/Os, 10 MADI I/O interfaces and four SDI de-embeddders with Dolby E decoders. Building of the console is due to be finished by the summer. www.sony.co.uk/biz/hub/name/home

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