CTV OB Gains Snell Tech

Oct 29, 2009, post by Adam Wątróbski


Broadcast television system design and integration specialist Neil Wilson Enterprises (NWE) has integrated Snell routing and control systems at the heart of a newly refurbished and upgraded HD unit for CTV Outside Broadcast (CTV OB), one of Europe’s largest and most respected independent OB companies.
CTV OB’s “OB4″ is a unique quadruple expando, originally engineered and integrated by NWE for the light entertainment market, and it is the last of three CTV OB units converted by NWE to meet the requires of HD production and broadcasting.

Within OB4, a large 576 x 576 Cygnus HD video router is coupled with a powerful 192 x 192 Sirius 256 AES/EBU audio router, commanded by an updated Aurora Control system with refurbished control panels from the original truck design and new control panels from the Snell 6700 and 6276XY range. Snell’s Cygnus and Sirius routing systems enabled a smooth installation, integrating and operating just as expected. The multiformat routers enable seamless operation in either the HD or SD domain with very rapid conversion between the two formats. NWE also upgraded the truck to include HD signal monitoring and Dolby 5.1 digital audio support that satisfies today’s extensive multichannel audio requirements. As the new Snell systems support a convenient upgrade path to 1080p (3 Gbps) operation, CTV OB can easily adapt its truck to 3 Gbps as dictated by consumer requirements.