Television in 3-D appears to be accelerating toward the mainstream with NEP Broadcasting’s announcement last week that Supershooter 3D, the first mobile TV truck designed specifically for producing live 3-D television events, is ready to roll.
The mobile unit, created by NEP Broadcasting and PACE Design using PACE’s FUSION 3D system, is intended to satisfy growing demand for 3-D TV production.
SS 3D combines PACE's FUSION 3D technology, designed in a partnership with filmmaker James Cameron, and NEP Broadcasting's experience in live television mobile unit design and integration.
The new 3-D production truck features a 3-D production viewing area, a convergence station and 3-D-capable tape, video and engineering rooms. The vehicle is wired for eight 3-D cameras, two six-channel EVS XT servers and 10 tape machines and includes a Solid State Logic Aysis Air PLUS! digital audio console.
According to NEP Broadcasting senior project engineer Joseph Signorino, until the construction of SS 3D, the norm has been to integrate bits of 3-D technology into a 2-D truck on-site for each show. That approach makes the overall process of remote production difficult and disruptive, he said. “With SS 3D, we have created something entirely new: a fully equipped truck built specifically to cover live, 3-D events,” Signorino said.,
SS 3D made its debut last weekend to cover the Ohio State vs. University of Southern California college football game for ESPN. It is slated to cover a wide range of events from concerts to sports.