PacTV Parks its AMT-Fitted ENG Truck at The Intersection of Fiber and Microwave with the Help of Integrated Microwave Technology, LLC (IMT) at NAB 2014
Vehicle Combines PacTV’s Proven Fiber Network with IMT’s State-of-the-Art Microwave Gear for a Complete Point-to-Point Solution
April 3, 2014
LAS VEGAS, APRIL 3, 2014 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast and Sports & Entertainment markets, will host a fully functional Accelerated Media Technologies (AMT) news truck from Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth OE1344). The must-see vehicle, parked at IMT’s outdoor booth, is ideal for live production, location shots, playout, remote production and transmission backup, and is equipped with IMT’s Nucomm Newscaster VT7.4 HD/SD ENG/SNG/OB Van Transmitter, among additional high-end gear.
PacTV's new ENG truck combines the company’s existing and proven fiber network with IMT’s state-of-the-art microwave gear, providing a complete point-to-point solution for mobile broadcast productions. PacTV’s longtime studio experience allows the company to manage the entire end-to-end fiber and microwave workflow, while its ENG truck and microwave network in Los Angeles can cover nearly 10,000 square miles. The mobile facility is equipped with a wireless camera and IFB with return-vision capability, giving users the freedom to get the shot at a distance. It can stream MPEG-4 HD quality video and audio, and is armed with encoders capable of doing four separate services, for multiple clients, at once.
“We are excited to demonstrate our new ENG truck featuring IMT’s Newscaster to NAB attendees at this year’s show,” says Nick Castaneda, Vice President of Development,
PacTV. “This truck is unique in that it is designed to interface directly with the Master Control Room (MCR) in our Los Angeles facility; it is like having an MCR and live-shot facility on wheels. Our microwave network, which includes the Mount Wilson and Century City receive sites, brings mobility and versatility to any live broadcast at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite trucks.”
AMT, specialists in vehicle integration for a wide range of applications including broadcast and mobile communications, facilitated the integration of the gear into the new PacTV truck. In addition to the IMT equipment, the truck also comes fully loaded with an abundance of top-of-the-line communications and intercom products from RTS, extensive networking gear, including a hardware control panel and card from Trilogy, and a router and synchronizer/converter from AJA Video Systems, as well as a complete remote camera interface system from Studio Technologies.
“We are proud to host PacTV’s impressive ENG news van at our outdoor booth throughout this year’s NAB show,” says IMT Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “The Nucomm Newscaster VT7.4 is a major step forward in van transmitter technology, as it offers more features than any other product in its class, and we are thrilled it has been integrated into this technologically advanced vehicle.”
IMT’s Nucomm Newscaster VT7.4 HD/SD ENG/SNG/OB Van Transmitter is a favorite among broadcasters, with more than 600 units currently in use across the globe. The most recent model (VT7.4) has been redesigned to support both HD/SD low latency MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, and Part-10/H.264 encoding with digital RF power of up to 10W. The VT7.4 features a two-box design and a wide array of inputs, and can be configured for both analog and digital operations. The COFDM modulator has full control over the modulation formats, bandwidth, data rate and guard interval. It features software-generated modulation formats that are stored in on-board circuit-board PROMs. Users can easily update the VT7.4 software as additional digital software formats become available, increasing the flexibility of the VT7.4 and avoiding obsolescence. Software-based modulation greatly reduces system complexity and component heat generation, thus providing even greater reliability.