03.21.2008 12:00 AM
Mira Building its Third Mobile HD Unit
Mira Mobile Television in the Pacific Northwest has begun construction of a new 53-foot HD expando truck, designated M7HD. This is Mira’s third HD truck constructed since 2005. M7HD is scheduled for completion in August 2008.

At the heart of M7HD is a Pesa Cheetah 288x576 HD video router with a 128x128 AES and 128x128 analog audio router. Audio will be handled by a Calrec Sigma audio desk with 104 mono channels and 104 stereo channels with both Dolby and SRS processing. Video monitoring throughout the truck will be accomplished through Evertz VIP multi-image flat screen displays.

As with Mira’s two previous HD trucks, M7HD will carry Sony 1500 1080p HD cameras. The truck is wired for 16 cameras and will travel with 10 cameras on-board (7 hard, 3 handheld). The cameras will outfitted with one Fujinon 101x8.9 and six Fujinon 88x8.8 stabilized lenses. Handhelds will all be Fujinon 22x7.8 lenses along with two Fujinon 13x4.5 wide angle lenses.

Media storage in M7HD will be provided primarily by EVS servers and RO’s (replay-only). A 6 channel and a 4 channel EVS HD LSM XT (2) will be on-board, as well as two EVS RO’s and a Spotbox or third RO. All EVS systems will be networked and can be accessed by the EVS X-File archive station.

The centerpiece of the production area will be a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher with 90 inputs, 48 outputs, and 6 transform engines as well as a 122 monitor production wall spread across 37 LCD displays.

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