Wohler Heads to Kabul via NEP Flypack
NEP Visions, Britain’s largest outside broadcast (OB) facilities company, recently provided a complete mobile production (fly pack) and editing facility, including a Wohler AMP1-E16-3G audio/video monitor, for a popular pregame football special aired from the U.S. Air Force base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“I first saw the new Wohler monitor on the HHB booth at IBC,” says NEP Visions Head of Sound, Paul Fournier. “We enjoy a close working relationship with the guys at HHB, and they were happy to let us check out the AMP1-E16-3G on a live job.”
Fournier expanded on the benefits of the AMP1-E16-3G, noting that the new Wohler device’s ability to monitor 16 channels of audio from 3G, HD, SD-SDI, Dolby® D or E, and AES sources equips it well for current technical trends in OB.
“We’re moving back to component for production, encoding the audio to Dolby only at the point of transmission,” Fournier continues. “This single device allows us to monitor in any format through production, and also the Dolby-encoded audio for transmission. Our engineers particularly liked the facility to see the picture alongside the audio, right there on the rack. It certainly adds an extra layer of confidence.”
Commenting on behalf of HHB, the U.K.’s exclusive distributor of Wohler products, Broadcast Sales Manager, Martin O’Donnell adds, “The valuable feedback we get from Paul and other broadcast customers helps us understand the issues they face on a day-to-day basis, which enables HHB to offer the best technical solutions. With 3G and 3-D gaining traction in outside broadcast production, Wohler’s latest rack-mount audio and video monitoring tools are a perfect fit.”