James E. O’Neal /
05.27.2014 09:00 PM
NAB Show Product Review: Furniture
|Jerry Hahn, president of TBC, relaxes at the
SmartTrac HD four-bay monitoring console.
The 2014 NAB Show was a great place
to “kick some tires” and in general get
some real hands-on experience with
some of the new gear you might be considering
purchasing. Broadcast furniture
is no exception. It’s always nice to
“try before you buy” and where can you
sample all the brands but on the floor
of the NAB Show.
FORECAST CONSOLES showcased MasterVision,
which was especially created
for master control and net operation facilities.
The line features a shallow base
structure and slim-line countertop to reduce
overall console footprint and also
to optimize operator interaction with
touchscreen monitors and other equipment.
MODE-AL introduced a new range of
completely modular Edit Desks. The
desks are of a curved ergonomic design
and can be configured with up to 12U
of rackmount pods that can be added
at any time. The unique curved screen
mounting system allows the easy configuration
of multiple screens, a choice
of 19-inch racks from 14U to 24U with
or without CPU enclosure, and a choice
of static or motorized height adjustment
for the desk frame.
TBC CONSOLES brought along its new
Monitor Frame System which was created
with the ever-increasing trend to use large
near-field displays driven by multiviewers,
rather than individual video source monitors.
The Monitor Frames accommodate
flatscreen monitors up to 80-inches in
size, allowing them to be mounted to existing
desks or to any of the TBC console
units. TBC also displayed its first SmartTrac
console to incorporate a full base unit for
mounting computers or conventional
rackmount equipment. Also being featured
was TBC’s fourth-generation Intelli-Trac console which has an extremely low
profile along with light turret transitions.
The company also showed a new low-cost
basic console that provides a simple lever
type of height adjustment.
WINSTED displayed their EnVision Command
consoles which are engineered
to provide both the form and function
needed in today’s control room arrangements.
The consoles’ modular design can
be obtained in single-, double-, or triple-tier
configurations, with each tier supporting
either 7.5- or 15-inch “slat-track sections
to allow the mounting of multiple
video monitors at comfortable and ergonomically
correct viewing angles. Cable
management has also been addressed,
making initial wiring or configuration
changes later on convenient.