NCP Installs Utah Scientific Routing Switcher
UTAH-400 will drive new monitor wall
SALT LAKE CITY: Utah Scientific announced that New Century
Productions will expand the Utah Scientific routing system in its NCP VIII HD
mobile production truck as part of a fleetwide upgrade. NCP VIII will be the
last of NCP’s trucks to receive the upgrade.
NCP will replace the truck’s outmoded analog CRT
monitors with a concave flat-panel HD monitor wall, which will be cooler,
lighter, less bulky, and more energy-efficient. The replacement requires an
expanded routing switcher to accommodate the new digital monitors, so NCP will
install a UTAH-400 HD router, loaded 288x528, to serve as the hub of the
operation inside the truck.
“In converting the truck from CRT to LCD, we’re
almost doubling the number of displays a user can look at, and we’re replacing
analog devices with HD, so we needed quite a bit more capacity,” said Mike
Mundt, NCP’s director of engineering. “We’re replacing a routing switcher with
128 outputs with one that has 528 outputs, so it allows us to drive many more
NCP VIII is a 53-foot expandable truck that does
a great deal of work for CBS. It is in the midst of its upgrade now and, when
it rolls out on Aug. 18, it will cover the US Open tennis tournament. This will
be the fourth UTAH-400 routing switcher for NCP. In addition to the UTAH-400,
NCP will also install a UTAH-100 16x1 HD router and a UTAH-100 16x1 analog
video router, both with looping inputs.