High End TV completes its newest OB Truck with Cobalt’s 9971 multiviewer

Adam Mills from High End TV at front of a videowall

High End TV, a video production company specializing in multi-camera systems for broadcast and high-profile entertainment events, has tapped Cobalt Digital’s card-based platform for 4K HDR Multiviewer and HDR conversion solutions in its newest truck. Symphony is fully fabricated with 4K HDR technology and will be rolling out with Cobalt® Digital’s 4K in and 4K out 9971-MV6-4K Multiviewer and 9904-UDX-4K HDR processor on board.

“People want 4K and they want HDR,” said Adam Mills, High End TV’s president. “Cobalt’s 4K HDR Multiviewer solution also has TSL protocol and HDMI built-in on the same card making it the perfect product to drive what I’d say is the best monitor wall in existence. This truck is built to be future-proof first and foremost, and capable of shoots with full 4K throughput. Cobalt makes that possible.”

High End TV’s Symphony is outfitted with 4K cameras and a 60-input HDR monitor wall, prompting Mills to seek solutions that could support the heightened level of image quality that the advanced formats deliver. Following a thorough search and evaluation, Mills chose Cobalt’s 9971-MV6-4K 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD UHD Multiviewer to drive Symphony’s monitor wall. The openGear® card represents Cobalt’s next generation of advanced UHD high-capacity channel Multiviewers. Mills also noted that the 9971-MV6-4K allows users to view the monitor wall in full-resolution even if the production isn’t being shot in 4K, a feature he particularly likes. “You can have a 4k consumer monitor coming out of the HDMI with 1080p inputs and a quarter of that screen shows you all 1080p lines. Once you see it, everything else just looks blurry.” he explained.

“High End TV’s Symphony is such an exciting project for Cobalt Digital,” commented Chris Shaw, the Company’s executive VP of sales and marketing. “Adam Mills really understands the differentiating features and functionality that make our Multiviewer and HDR converter stand out over the competition, and we’re thrilled that he is passing that heightened quality to his customers.”

High End TV also selected Cobalt’s 9904-UDX-4K for SDR/HDR and HDR/SDR conversion. The card incorporates Technicolor’s Intelligent Tone Management (ITM) as well as a single layer HDR (SL-HDR) technology.

openGear controllability for all the phases also factored into Mills’s decision. “Real estate is precious in a truck,” he added, “so having the chain of control on one system computer instead of in several boxes in the racks is great.”

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