Onboard TNDV’s new Elation truck.
With its increasing project load and expanded national reach, Nashville-Tenn.-based mobile production company TNDV has added a sixth truck to its fleet, allowing the company and its growing staff to meet increasing demand for its live production services around the country. Dubbed “Elevation,” the 40-foot truck delivers all the power of the industry’s largest trucks, the company said, in a more manageable, energy-efficient footprint.
Elevation offers a similar video and audio infrastructure to TNDV’s other medium-sized, multi-format mobile production trucks, flexibly integrated to accommodate live and recorded shoots of any size. In fact, at 40 feet long, Elevation is the same size as TNDV’s flagship Aspiration truck, a vehicle that TNDV clients appreciate for its features-to-size ratio. Like Aspiration, Elevation includes a Ross Video Vision 3 switcher, an Imagine Communications Platinum integrated router, and AJA Video Ki-Pro recorders on the video side, along with multiple Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras for multi-standard, multi-format field production at premium quality. The audio complement includes a redundant ProTools system, JoeCo MADI recorders and an 80-port RTS ADAM intercom system, as well as a Soundcraft VI-3000 audio console.
Elevation also adds unique energy-efficient flourishes to differentiate it from other mobile production trucks, including an on-board 25kW generator to power air conditioners and the entire Elevation production infrastructure. This makes Elevation an ideal choice for isolated remote shoots—a common task for the TNDV team—by eliminating the costs and headaches of finding power in more secluded locations.
“Elevation becomes self-powered with the flip of an onboard switch, eliminating the costs of expensive generator rentals,” said Nic Dugger, Owner and President of TNDV. “This helps us reduce costs for our clients, and is especially helpful for tight production budgets.”
The medium-sized footprint also aligns with TNDV’s strategy of keeping trucks manageable for clients working within limited spaces, including arenas and temporary outdoor venues. This strategy accelerates load-in and load-out times while taking up less real estate on location. A
Elevation has already been used for several productions since taking to the highways in early September, including the 2014 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge golf tournament in Nevada; and the Celebrate Freedom Atlanta concert, hosted by local radio station 104.7 in Jim Miller Park. Elevation has also visited the Governor’s Mansion in Kentucky to produce a free private concert.
With TNDV’s fleet at six mobile production trucks, Elevation joins the previously mentioned Aspiration truck alongside Inspiration, another 40-foot truck for medium-sized productions; Vibration, a 53-foot specialized audio production truck with remote recording facilities; and two additional trucks, Origination and Blackjack, designed for smaller-sized productions.
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