RTV Montenegro Utilizes Calrec’s HD OB 6 for Montevizija Singing Contest
RTV Montenegro debuted its new Calrec-equipped HD OB 6 in February to broadcast Montevizija, a national singing competition to select its entrant to the popular Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
“This was a particularly important production for us because it was RTV’s first stereo television transmission and it was distributed in HD,” says Dejan Vujović, Chief Technology Officer. “The sound quality was superb, and that’s due in large part to the new Artemis Light console we have installed. The Artemis is incredibly easy to learn and operate.”
The new OB unit is expandable on both sides and is equipped with 13 Sony cameras, though it’s cabled for up to 17. It also benefits from EVS Max servers, a Sony vision mixer, Avid graphics, a KSC control system as well as Calrec’s Hydra 2 audio networking capabilities. The OB unit has been designed to meet major sports rights holders’ production standards.
RTV Montenegro is a national public broadcaster that consists of three TV channels and two radio channels. Its content reaches 99-percent of Montenegro’s population. The Artemis installation was handled by systems integrator BFE with the sale concluded by Calrec partner, Kompani DigiTV.
“Hydra 2 was one of the key advantages that we saw with Calrec. We have a stage box in HD OB 6, with internal audio sources plugged into that. Hydra 2 is used for all routing, including the audio that passes through two additional external stage boxes,” adds Vujović. “They are connected via fiber and instantly appear on the network, completely transparently, making life for our audio engineers much easier. We will be installing further Calrec equipment this year as we continue the upgrade of both our television and radio studios.”
“It’s no accident that our consoles, including Artemis, are used widely in outside broadcasting. The Artemis, in particular, was the perfect fit for RTV Montenegro because of its superior sound quality, ease of use and flexibility. It’s already been used on a major production and is ready for more high-profile work. We look forward to continuing to build upon this great partnership,” says Mike Reddick, International Sales Manager for Calrec.