Gentec turns to TSL for Saudi Broadcasting Authority OB truck first
Gentec, a trusted systems integrator of TSL Products, has recently completed a first-of-its-kind outside broadcast project at Saudi Broadcasting Authority (SBA).
For the first time in Saudi TV history, the OB project took place within the local market, rather than outsourcing from EU-based distributors, which reduced the project’s cost by 45%. For SBA’s two new OB trucks, Gentec provided TSL’s TM1-MK2+ TallyMan Advanced Broadcast Control units and AMU1-3G audio monitoring units for each van.
The first van needed to be modified, refurbished and redesigned from an old, three-camera SD and microwave system to a nine-camera (ready for 12 camera) 3G system with super slow-motion capability for sports production. The second van required installation to be a five-camera (ready for eight camera) 3G system, also with slow motion for sports production. The TM1-MK2+ and AMU1-3G units were used in both trucks and, after some configuration and integration of the multi-viewers and routers, the vans were ready for use.
Deploying an independent control system allows SBA operators to manage solutions from various manufacturers without limitation, providing them with the opportunity to choose best-of-breed products. TSL’s virtual panels ‘overlay’ these systems to provide an easy-to-operate visual representation of complex routing systems, signal flows, device control, tallies or technical information displays.
In addition to virtual device triggers, TSL’s virtual panels provide SBA with granular control of device functions, allowing engineers to build intricate power controls that suit specific operations. The ability to view and control tally functions over an IP network, located anywhere is especially beneficial for SBA during live sport production, as it speeds up set-up and operator workflow.