Young Television utilising Ross Video Carbonite for Italian Serie B coverage

Ross Video Carbonite production switching technology is proving integral to Young Television Unit 7 mobile vehicle’s work on coverage of Italian Serie B matches. Among its many benefits for the production crew is the capacity to recall effects in or configurations in real-time – a crucial consideration when filming sports.

Roberto Burchielli, chief engineer of Young Television, remarks: “We [make] very intense use of a Ross Carbonite Plus version based on 16 inputs, expandable to 24 and 10 outputs. Our panel is the model with 24 keys, two banks. The real secret weapon of this mixer is the ability to be ‘born to live’, so the possibility of recall effects or configurations in real-time is crucial for us in shooting sports.”

The Ross Video mixer is integral to a four HD camera configuration on Unit 7. “In live TV shooting we appreciate it best,” says Burchielli, “first of all for the opportunity to manage two totally independent multiviewesr which are quickly configurable. We do use a lot of other channels dedicated to still images, animations and more. The availability of outputs makes it almost single-handedly capable of performing the functions of other devices.”

The mobile production vehicles of Young Television are frequently engaged in producing football broadcasts, including numerous Serie B matches. “The new tech specifications required by Infront (which owns the rights and accurately indicates the minimum requirements of the technical equipment) are fully satisfied by the Ross Carbonite Plus mixer,” notes Burchielli. “It has a fully-featured video matrix, is responsible for distribution, sports on-board signal converters, and includes synchronizers. In this regard, I emphasise that our mobile Unit 7 has other converters and synchronizers, but given the completeness of the mixer they play a role of mere redundancy and back-up.

“During the production of national and international sports supplements, when we are presented with the need to take numerous signals from the host broadcaster (clean, dirty, world feed and ISO cameras), we have found it very useful to apply to each a dedicated input and a dedicated synchroniser, and carry out the up- and down-conversions, depending on the operating standard.

“The operational speed with which we can perform all typical operations of the live broadcast, as well as the practicality of the layout of the controls [are hugely beneficial].

“In addition, the possibility of visually customising all buttons, changing the colours of the various sections, and quickly configuring the panel according to the type of production, or the needs of the filmmaker or director, are other very useful features.”

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