IMS-HD3 Expando Unit Hits Road with Help of Beck TV
Beck TV (formerly Beck Associates), one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that the company has completed a state-of-the-art HD mobile production truck for multimedia production company IMS Productions. Dubbed IMS-HD3, the new 53-foot expando unit is currently serving as a dedicated production unit for Los Angeles Lakers home basketball games at the Staples Center.
“We chose to build HD3 with Beck TV because we heard great things about the company and because the project price fit our budget,” says Paul Nijak, director of engineering for IMS Productions. “The build itself was smoother than I imagined it could be, largely because of the company’s clear commitment to getting the job done right, no matter what it takes. Beck TV’s work was very accurate, and we finished the truck on time and on budget.”
IMS Productions is located in Indianapolis just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The company’s HD remote-production truck fleet crisscrosses the nation to provide live production services for national sports and entertainment broadcasts and events. IMS-HD3 is a 12-camera stand-alone truck that requires no B unit.
Among the systems built into the truck are Sony 2400 cameras, a Grass Valley Kayenne K-Frame HD switcher, a Calrec Artemis Beam audio console, and Sony and EVS machines, with Evertz audio and video routing. Nijak supplied the trailer design and worked with the Beck TV team in Texas to bring the project to completion.
“Once the trailer got to Beck TV’s Austin facility, I spent time on site, almost becoming part of the integration team,” adds Nijak. “I knew already that the company’s integrators were part of the staff, and during the build I found that this approach allowed Beck TV to apply an uncommonly high level of quality control.”
“Working with Paul and the rest of the IMS team to build IMS-HD3 was a complete pleasure,” says Fred Beck, president & director of engineering at Beck TV. “The folks at IMS are professionals who know exactly what they want, and that always makes an integrator’s job easier. We are currently in the middle of building another truck with IMS — the new IMS-HD5, a very robust double-expando unit — and we anticipate another successful IMS truck rollout in the very near future.”