All Mobile Video Enhances 3D-Capable Epic OB Truck
All Mobile Video (AMV), a provider of end-to-end video and audio production services for entertainment, sports, news programming and events, has installed three TSL Professional Products PAM2 3G16 Audio Monitoring Units in its 3D-capable Epic OB truck. AMV offers a full spectrum of services, from seven Manhattan-based sound stages with full post-production capabilities to a fleet of six 53-foot extender OB trucks and eight satellite uplink transmission vehicles.
AMV brought the Epic OB truck into service to meet the ever-increasing demand for 3D capture for major events. The PAM2 3G16 units, which AMV installed in its main Quality Control (QC) areas—the audio room, tape (for QC of all taped audio sources) and engineering—provide the company with top-shelf audio quality assurance.
“When we were looking for audio QC gear for the Epic truck, we focused on ease of use and good sound quality,” says Lee Blanco, director of engineering at All Mobile Video. “We have experience with menu-driven units that are not easy to use—with the engineer having to constantly dive into the menu structure to change over the input to the signal that needs monitoring. This type of operation is not easy to do quickly. Also, as we work on live events, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions or the MTV Movie Awards, the production happens at lightning speed. If someone misses a hot-key assignment during a complex setup, fumbling with menus almost cancels out the mission of quality control. This is one area that needs to be instant and easy, or the creative team can lose the moment. The PAM2 units from TSL PPL have solved this problem.”
Recently, AMV employed the PAM2 units for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. The production was captured to tape and posted later. “QC is very important here because while the show is running, you need to know that everything going down to tape is correct,” Blanco says. “For this level of QC, we don’t need to change the audio or re-mix, we just need to know that the selected audio source meets our expectations. The PAM2 units allow us to do just that quickly and easily.”