CTV Controls, Monitors OB3, OB11 Trucks With Axon Gear

CTV recently launched their OB11 a 4K capable vehicle equipped with AXON’s monitoring and control software Cerebrum and its signal processing equipment Synapse.

The new truck commissioned to work on CTV’s recently renewed cricket contract with Sky Sports has been future-proofed to be 4K-capable. It supports 28 cameras and can accommodate 34 production staff. The unit is 3Gb/s throughout, which is supported by AXON’s signal processing equipment. One of the Synapse modules in use is the GDV080 a 3Gb/s Monitoring distribution amplifier with down converted SD or analog video outputs. In case CTV will have a requirement for 4K production AXON can provide 4K up and down converters which fit in the same form factor as the 3GB/s modules.

The control and monitoring of the Sony production switcher, Image Communications router, Calrec audio console, RTS/Telex intercom and the Synapse modules is done through AXON’s monitoring and control software Cerebrum. Launched at IBC2013 Cerebrum provides comprehensive tools to configure, control, monitor and maintain products from any manufacturer within and beyond the broadcasting industry. It is one interface to control many devices.

“CTV chose Cerebrum as we wanted to develop a fully functional and versatile ground up control system with a trusted partner for our state of the art flagship unit, OB11”, says Hamish Greig, CTV’s Technical Director.

OB3, another addition to CTV’s fleet, used for ‘Match of the Day’ has also been equipped with Cerebrum.

“Another major win for Cerebrum in an OB van and we are very pleased that CTV has chosen us for such a prestigious project”, says Harry Kanters, Axon’s VP of Marketing & Sales. “Within 9 months from its launch at IBC Cerebrum has proven to be a huge success.”

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