Custom Media Solutions Equips OB With FOR-A

Custom Media Solutions (CMS), a live event video production company based in Alpharetta, has anchored its new 40-foot broadcast production truck with a FOR-A HVS-2000 video switcher. The truck has been in use since mid-January.

Marc Shroyer, president of CMS, said, “We got it to replace our 24-foot production trailer. It was great, but you could only put eight people in it, and there was not a great space for audio. When everything started going virtual, we really needed to create some space for broadcast audio.”

Originally, the truck had been designed to use CRT monitors, so CMS modernised the interior with an eye on flexibility. The infrastructure was designed to support 12G with all I/O via fibre, so the truck can be upgraded by swapping only a few components. Plus, audio is handled through Dante digital audio networking.

Shroyer reported that CMS recently added five new 4K broadcast cameras that produce footage in a variety of frame rates, including 24p, which is a feature that clients had been requesting. The FOR-A switcher supports 24p, as well as a number of HD and SD formats.

CMS currently owns 10 FOR-A switchers, including four HVS-2000s. “The HVS-2000 can do everything we need, and its price point is significantly less than the switchers many companies would expect to find in a truck of this size,” Shroyer added.

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