Apantac Multiviewers at Center of Middle Tennessee State University Truck Upgrade

Each Tahoma-LE Multiviewer displays four to 16 SD, HD-SDI or composite inputs.
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Middle Tennessee State University has newly refurbished its HD mobile television production truck and is powering its monitors with Tahoma-LE Series high-definition multiviewers from Apantac.

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Apantac Tahoma multiviewers power the monitors in Middle Tennessee State University's refurbished HD production truck. The multiviewers enable the visual monitoring of all feeds from cameras out in the field and content being fed from tape decks and digital disk recorders in the 40-foot truck. The feeds are displayed on a monitor wall, which includes two 46-inch LCD screens. One Tahoma-LE-16 HD (16 input) multiviewer module is used for the preview monitoring, another Tahoma-LE 16 HD is used for program monitoring, and a third Tahoma-LE-16 is used for monitoring 8 inputs of video for the engineering monitor and 8 inputs of video for the audio booth monitor. Two Tahoma-LE-4 (4 input) HD multiviewers are used for monitoring the playback sources.

Each Tahoma-LE Multiviewer displays four to 16 SD, HD-SDI or composite inputs, and the production crew can configure each display using Apantac’s configuration layout software. The Tahoma-LE series incorporates a built-in CATx extender, which allows the output of the Multiviewer to be extended up to 115 feet. Tahoma-LE supports DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs up to 2048x1080 (including 1080p), and includes built-in video and audio alarm detection, borders, the ability to insert graphics and display window labels.

The mobile production truck is used to produce live sports events that are telecast to high-profile outlets such as ESPN. The truck also focuses on concert production, and local charity events including the Ronald McDonald House telethon. In addition, the truck is used as a lab for MTSU mass communication students. Recently, MTSU students produced a one-hour NASA documentary for PBS Nashville on the ARES-1 rocket launch.

At events, the student crew handle all production aspects of the event coverage.

“The Apantac Tahoma-LE Multiviewers have proven to be an excellent teaching tool, and an excellent addition to our mobile production truck,” said Marc Parrish, Director of Technical Systems at MTSU. “Our students are mastering the complex task of technically producing shows, giving them real-world experience and confidence. When we brought in Apantac’s Multiviewer for evaluation, it was instantly clear that the feature-set provided us with the functionality we needed.”

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