All Mobile Video, USA
PAM2-IP, MPA1-MADI and MPA1-DANTE
As broadcasters strive to deliver the high-quality viewing experience that audiences desire, IP provides the scale and agility required to create increased volumes of premium content more efficiently. Recognising the advantages of IP for live production, All Mobile Video (AMV) sought to design its first-ever end-to-end IP mobile unit, ECLIPSE. When selecting technology partners, AMV chose TSL Products to fulfil its audio monitoring needs, becoming one of the first customers to take delivery of 34 new MPA1-MIX-DANTE-V audio monitors, which are specifically designed for live production and supporting AES67.
Now featuring seven IP-equipped, large-format trucks in the US, AMV's production fleet captures some of the most high-profile events on TV, such as the GRAMMY® Awards red carpet, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® induction ceremony and the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop.
"We use TSL's products in critical quality control positions in every production we do," said Ian Vysick, audio design specialist, All Mobile Video. "In our industry, the market and technology keep progressing, which means we have to keep moving forward as well to ensure we're delivering the best audio and video quality for our customers. Working with TSL is a guarantee that we're equipping our trucks with the best monitoring technology available."
When AMV first deployed the PAM2 audio monitor eight years ago, Mr Vysick was immediately impressed with the monitor's audio quality and ease of use. AMV has since added over 40 TSL units to its trucks, including the PAM2-IP, the MPA1-MADI confidence monitor for MADI streams and MPA1-DANTE for creating custom mixes within Dante® networks. The fleet is also equipped with TSL’s PAM-IP audio monitors, which provide both audio and video monitoring of 2110 and 2022-6 sources as well as full edge device control.
“Choosing to integrate TSL Products’ PAM-IP into the new ECLIPSE truck was a no brainer,” says Ian Vysick, audio design specialist, All Mobile Video. “Over the years, we have built a strong relationship with the TSL team and there’s a great deal of trust between us. We have used the PAM-IP in other trucks and when we were in the design process for the ECLIPSE, we reached out to Greg Siers, US Director of Sales at TSL, and he told us about the new MPA1 V series of audio monitors, which I was very excited about.
”For All Mobile Video, the standout feature of TSL’s MPA1-MIX-DANTE-V is its ease of use, which is particularly beneficial during fast-paced, high-pressure television production. “The updated front panel is simple to navigate, especially in dark production environments, providing users with an intuitive control interface,” says Vysick. “With the MPA units, operators are not required to navigate a menu to access the sources they need. Ease of use has always been what drives us to the TSL units and integrating MPA1-MIX-DANTE-V into the ECLIPSE has greatly improved operator workflow overall.”
Vysick also appreciates that firmware updates are readily available for TSL’s monitoring units, which further future-proofs AMV’s investment. “There’s no reason to go anywhere else – TSL units do exactly what we need them to do and the company is behind its products one hundred percent. We know TSL takes the time to listen to and understand our requirements and we can call them at any time. TSL is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing to rely on the company for all of our monitoring needs moving forward.”
As shifting industry standards have required hybrid monitoring solutions, TSL has ensured its PAM-IP range can monitor both audio and video streams, while also supporting modern standards like SMPTE 2110 and Ember+, and retaining a full complement of SDI, AES and analogue connectivity. operators in the truck," concluded Mr Vysick.
"For some productions, we could be recording in three or four different formats with different delays, so we can provide deliverables to multiple networks and post production for a DVD later down the road," said Mr Vysick. "With TSL's units, we can quickly and efficiently switch between monitoring audio and video in different formats."
TSL's products have also enabled AMV to design production trucks with more compact, complete solutions. Entertainment productions have grown larger and more complex over the years, and AMV needed to have separate monitoring infrastructures for managing its video and audio streams. With units from TSL, AMV can now install the audio and monitoring solutions it needs while freeing up space in its trucks' crowded production setups. Whereas audio and video monitors in older trucks would require multiple RUs, TSL's monitors only utilize 2RU.
"When we're outfitting a truck with TSL's technology, we can install the solutions we need while taking up less space than we'd need in the past, which means we can use fewer racks and fit more operators in the truck," concluded Mr Vysick.