Nova TV, a national commercial television network in Croatia has installed an SSL System T broadcast audio production environment into its new 27 tonne mobile production vehicle, HD OB VAN 3.
The new truck will mainly be used for Nova TV productions, and has already been in action on several large-scale broadcasts including the Croatian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar, the Ultra Music Festival in Split and several big sporting events.
At 14m long, 4m high, and 4.7m wide with its double width extensions, the truck is equipped for the most complex productions, including 16 cameras ready to go.
Mario Derdić, technical producer at Nova TV, says: "I wanted to move to the SSL platform, not only because of the console itself, which is fantastic, but because we can now use the Dante Network for everything.
"We have bought Dante interfaces for our live consoles, so now we don’t need splitters. We just use a switch and network connections to run the Front of House and Monitors for the audience PA. I'm now going to buy other Dante components for the rest of the system. All you need is power and the redundant network connections to any rack and you're up and running."
The System T in the Nova TV truck consists of a 48-fader main surface with full meter bridge, plus the Tempest engine and a redundant Dante network. SSL Network I/O Stageboxes provide inputs and outputs for deployment outside the truck, while more Network I/O provides SDI, AES, and analogue I/O inside the truck.
In particular, an SSL Network IO SDI embedder/De-embedder with both Dante and MADI connectivity is used to embed audio tracks from the network onto the multiple video channels, recorded onto Rode & Schwarz Venice video servers. "We record up to 12 video channels," explains Derdić. "And on each camera output we can embed eight audio channels, so we use this for multitrack audio recording. When we download the material for post-production we already have everything synched."
Ivan Mrkoci, sound engineer on the new truck, adds: "When you're mixing and even routing things during a show you need the console to react as fast you do. The touchscreen is extremely fast and you can do a lot of things on the main screen without needing to get into sub menus.”