NEP’s ND6 Ready for Debut at Belmont; Entourage Hits Road for NEP Entertainment
ND6 and Entourage, two new high-definition television-production trucks from NEP, have just hit the road, with the former scheduled to make its debut this Saturday during NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes and the latter joining the NEP Entertainment fleet.
According to NEP CEO Kevin Rabbit, the company begins every new design by analyzing the needs of clients and then leveraging its extensive field experience to create a solution that achieves the clients’ production goals while meeting their technology and budgetary needs.
“Anyone can buy the latest equipment, but, at NEP, we believe true innovation is creating a total solution,” he says. “ND6 and Entourage are exciting examples of this innovation, designed to address the total scope of our clients’ needs from start to finish.”
The company says ND6 was designed with a proven and widely preferred layout, already deployed across five additional trucks in the fleet. This consistent layout creates efficiency on-site by allowing production teams to move more easily between trucks. With the addition of new technology, including support for multichannel embedded audio, a Calrec Artemis Beam, and EVS XT3 servers, ND6 continues NEP’s tradition of evolutionary innovation and development.
A single-unit truck, ND6 features a large, three-tier control room, back-to-back layout in tape, a Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, Sony cameras, and virtual monitor walls throughout, and it can easily scale to meet a variety of production sizes and types.
Built for NEP Entertainment, Entourage will join NEP’s fleet of facilities designed specifically for the entertainment industry. Combining an efficient solution in a spacious interior, Entourage offers a new approach to production, with enough room for a large production team even when a smaller technological footprint is required.
Housed in a single 53-ft.-long trailer, Entourage comes equipped with a Studer Vista 5 audio console, Sony MVS8000 switcher, and a discrete monitor wall in production.
Adds NEP Chief Technology Officer George Hoover, “Our in-house integration expertise supports our unique ability to translate our extensive, real-world experience into every step of the design and integration process, and Entourage and ND6 are no exception. This experience touches everything, from layout, to technology selection, to wiring, to fit and finish. Our engineers are involved in the entire process and every detail, enhancing our ability to troubleshoot, problem-solve, and support our clients needs on-site.”