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NEP Upgrades Mobile Fleet With Embedded Audio as Part of Large-Scale Technology Enhancement Project

With Upgrade to Grass Valley Switchers Now Well Underway, NEP to Install 16-Channel Embedded Audio Support on Seven Units by Fall

April 22, 2014 (Pittsburgh)

NEP has begun phase two of its large-scale, fleetwide technology enhancement with major audio infrastructure upgrades for seven of the company’s U.S.-based mobile broadcasting vehicles. The enhancement includes router upgrades to support 16 channels of embedded audio across all recording and playback devices, as well as inbound and outbound paths to remote outside broadcasting locations.

“The transition to embedded audio over HD-SDI video will be a huge asset for both our engineering crews and our broadcast customers, especially those that need to create multiple audio streams in 5.1 to support various international markets,” said George Hoover, chief technology officer, NEP. “In addition to reducing engineering and operating costs as well as weight, rack space, and power consumption — always important factors on mobile units — embedded audio will better equip us to support the channel payloads required for multichannel audio in large-scale, live mobile productions.”

Although the audio will eventually be upgraded on NEP’s entire fleet of U.S. mobile broadcasting units, the company is planning to complete the upgrade on seven HD vehicles over this summer. They include PESA router upgrades for full embedded audio with LED legend-able panels in SS18, SS16, SS20, ND5, and ND6. The audio upgrade is a full-featured retrofit that will enable channel swapping, shuffle, delay, and phase adjustments for each path while maintaining full sample accuracy. This audio enhancement project will also include audio console upgrades to NCPX and NCPVII, including the addition of BlueFin technology.

Since announcing the massive fleetwide enhancements in January, NEP has made significant progress on the first phase, upgrading 30 HD vehicles to state-of-the-art Grass Valley® K-Frame™ modular video processing engines with Kayenne® Video Production Center switcher platforms. In addition to the switcher and embedded audio retrofits, NEP will launch other phases of the enhancement program in the coming months. These include replacing copper cable with fiber-optic cable to interconnect multiple vehicles on larger productions and new monitor walls in several mobile units. NEP has also begun a refurbishing and upgrade program for its B units and a project to install The Wall™, the company’s new Apple® iPad® app for fast and easy configuration of complex monitor walls. The fleet upgrade will take place in cycles over the next three years in order not to disrupt scheduled productions.

About NEP

NEP provides the technology and know-how to enable clients to produce the world’s most prestigious live and broadcast events around the globe. The company is the leading worldwide provider of outsourced production solutions offering technical services for remote production, studio production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, premium playout, smart asset / media management, and multi-screen delivery. NEP’s more than 3,000 employees are driven by passion and a focus on technical innovation, and together they have supported productions in over 85 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has offices in 21 countries.