Vision mixing ‘happy families’


A FOR-A HVS-390HS 2M/E vision mixer has been installed as a part of the new Mini-Rig portable production unit from Minicams. The rig has already been at work shooting Twofour’s new fly-on-the-wall Happy Families production for ITV.

The 20 RU Mini-Rig, designed for easy transport and quick set-up, supports up to 24 Panasonic PTZ and GoPro miniature cameras, 64 microphones. The many built-in features of the HVS-390HS mixer, including the multiviewer and frame synchronisation for all 24 video inputs, help to fit all the technical requirements into a small space, and to achieve a quick set-up. This is particularly important for the production as the rig continuously moves between four diverse family homes and can be run by one operator.

Says Nick McLachlan, MD of Minicams: “The mobile Minicams Mini-Rig is designed for fast-paced broadcast production. We put the FOR-A mixer at the heart of the Mini-Rig for the Happy Families series because we needed a robust, compact and creative mixer that would not let us down. It’s proven to be the ideal choice, being easy to control, dynamic and highly portable.’

The HVS-390HS is a compact, cost-effective vision mixer that is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronisers for all inputs, as well as a dual 16-channel multiviewer. Built-in resising engines on four inputs allow mixing HD, SD, and PC sources. Two chroma keyers and four keyers per M/E are standard. All keyers have 2.5D DVE and there are two 3D DVEs (for background and keyer) for each M/E. The switcher includes stores for up to 480 video frames and up to 100 events.


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