MIRA Mobile Adds M12HD to Its Fleet, Inks Pact With Pac-12 Networks
MIRA Mobile Television’s new M12HD represents the next generation of technologies the company will deploy in its mobile units. The unit is already contracted to service the new Pac-12 Networks’ premier college football and basketball games. It goes on the road in June and will begin its work for the Pac-12 Networks in August.
Much of the focus in M12HD’s design is on audio, and the unit features a Calrec Artemis Beam with Bluefin2 and Hydra2. Extensive audio embedding/de-embedding is incorporated, supporting 48 video sources. In addition, there is a 256×256 MADI interface to the massive Evertz HD router.
The video side of M12HD features 12 Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite cameras with a host of Fujinon lenses including two 101X’s. The LDK 8000 offers production flexibility, easily meeting client needs on either fiber or triax. A Grass Valley Kayenne HD production switcher is also on board, along with five EVS servers providing 24 channels of production support.
“M12HD is testament to great engineering design and represents a thorough understanding of what our clients want,” says MIRA Mobile VP/GM Frank Taylor. “Bill Duncan, MIRA’s director of engineering, and his team have done a terrific job.”
With a 57-ft. overall length, the trailer is a 53-ft. Gerling expando with a 51-ft x 60-in. expandable section.
Details of the Pac-12 coverage span both football and basketball across all 12 universities in the conference. M12HD will cover the lead football game in each of the 13 weeks of the regular season. In addition, other MIRA HD units, including M11HD, will be used in the coverage of the rest of the network’s conference football schedule. The Pac-12 Networks will televise more than 30 football games annually.
The Pac-12 Networks have also commissioned M12HD and other MIRA HD units for coverage of marquee matchups of both men’s and women’s basketball games beginning in November and running through the conference championships in March. MIRA’s coverage of Pac-12 and other related events dates back more than 20 years.