NEP has announced the launch of ND1, a new mobile television production unit designed and built primarily to support NBC Sports’ coverage of Sunday Night Football.
ND1 is the latest result of NEP’s Next-Generation Mobile Unit design initiative, which includes innovations for creating facilities that are highly flexible, efficient and scalable. One such innovation is a workstation design platform, which enables almost any job function to be performed from almost any workspace in the truck at the push of a button.
ND1 consists of four 53-foot double-expanding trailers with seating for more than 75 operating positions. Boasting a completely 1080p-capable infrastructure and the largest routing switcher available for a mobile production facility in the U.S., ND1 is configured to support a 25 percent increase in production levels into the future.
The unit’s 100 percent fiber-optic connectivity supplies all interconnections between the trailers and from the trailers to the stadium venue. EVS XT3 media servers support tapeless, digital recording workflows with extensive embedded audio support for 16 channels.
In addition to the Evertz routing switcher, ND1 includes a Grass Valley Kayenne Elite 9 M/E production switcher and Calrec Artemis and Apollo audio consoles.
ND1 represents a completely new approach to design, construction techniques and materials — resulting in trailers that offer more interior space while taking up a smaller footprint in the compound. In addition, NEP engineers used advanced, computerized stress analysis tools from the aircraft industry to design a trailer that is stronger, stiffer and 20 percent lighter.
The result is greater weight-carrying capacity, reduced maintenance downtime, a better ride for the equipment and a longer life for both the equipment and the trailer itself.