Video Equipment Rentals (VER), a global audio and video equipment rental company, has added two Calrec Audio digital consoles into rental flypacks to cover events worldwide. The first is the 2014 French Open tennis tournament, which is happening now.
The first rental customer, the Tennis Channel, is using the flypack to provide broadcast facilities at the French Open for some of the world’s largest sports broadcasters. The flypack can be configured differently for every event, but for the French Open, the system relies heavily on MADI, taking feeds from the host broadcaster, six announce booths covering multiple courts, a voice-over booth and multiple video playback sources.
The control rooms are being used by different broadcasters at different times, with varying numbers of audio and video inputs and outputs being utilized at any given point. The Artemis system’s 64-fader surface is large enough to handle any audio scenario the broadcasters might face.
Both of VER’s new Calrec consoles are in use at the French Open, but ownership of two consoles gives VER the future flexibility to rent out the consoles separately and cover two different events simultaneously in situations requiring only one console. In addition, VER will also be able to rent out the Hydra2 I/O boxes independently of the consoles, filling a need among existing Calrec owners for rental Hydra2 boxes to supplement their systems.