NVISION Routers Rev Up For New IMS Productions HD Truck

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Productions has purchased its second set of NVISION video and audio routers for its new IMSPHD2 dual-expando 53-foot production truck that will hit the road this spring.

In March, IMS Productions commissioned a new 53-foot truck with an 8-foot expanding side, the IMSPHD1. David Gass, senior director of field operations and engineering at IMS Productions, chose NVISION’s NV8288 mobile video router for its compact size (only 10 rack units) and big-time density (288 x 244, scales to 288 x 576). The router is also capable of transporting 3Gig signals.

“At any given event, we have hundreds of feeds so we need a highly reliable, powerful video router that provides the highest levels of signal integrity, and the more redundancy the better,” says Gass of the NV8288 router.

The new truck will allow the company to expand its customer base and better meet the needs of clients like the Indiana Pacers. “The first truck layout has worked so smoothly that we’re replicating it for this second truck, with the same equipment, including the NV8288 and NV7512 routers,” says Gass.

IMS Productions also purchased an NV7512 digital audio router for its flexibility to manage and distribute AES3, MADI, and analog audio signals.

The new truck will join the IMSPHD1 video production truck that has been used for several sports and racing events, such as the Indy 500, Indy Car Series for ABC and ESPN, Ryder Cup Golf for NEP/NBC. The truck also worked on the Breeders Cup for ESPN, NBA for Trio Video/Chicago Bulls, NBA for the Indiana Pacers, scoreboard feed for the Indianapolis Colts, football and basketball for the Big Ten Network, Hockey Night in Canada for the CBC, and ESPN Zone Billiards for Lingner Group Productions to name a few.

Like all broadcast production trucks, cable management is a key factor for the IMSP trucks. Unique to NVISION, both the NV8288 and NV7512 employ DIN 1.0/2.3 coaxial connectors, which provide greater than twice the density compared to comparable BNC solutions. “NVISION’s use of these connectors has dramatically reduced the amount of space required in the truck and they worked when put to the test for the first time. By keeping the size down for the NV8288 and cables, we can accommodate other useful production gear. It’s an innovation that is working very well for us,” says Gass.