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Broadcast Networks delivers 3D-capable OB vehicle

4 August 2011
Broadcast Networks delivers 3D-capable OB vehicle

In the first deployment of its kind in Scandinavia, Norwegian broadcaster OB-Team has taken delivery of a 3D-capable, 16-camera HD OB truck. At 13.6 metres long, the new vehicle will be one of the largest outside broadcast trucks on the road.

The impressive new facility features a single expanding side that expands a full 1.87 metres thanks to the use of fold-out walls and a fold-out equipment rank. Meanwhile, the large rear storage area is accessed by a tail-lift, a feature that negates the requirement for support by a separate tender vehicle because all the equipment it needs can be safely stored on-board and accessed from inside the vehicle.

The OB-Team vehicle is equipped with 19 camera chains comprising a combination of Sony HDC-1500s, HDC-P1s (3 x 3D rigs), 3 x slo-mo and 3 x Link research wireless RF camera systems. As well as being a 3D production vehicle, the system also boasts a new Miranda Hybrid NV8500 series router that is capable of routing 200 3G video inputs to 256 outputs with 16 channels of embedded audio on each input and output and six channels of MADI audio (64 channels each). This means that the router is capable of routing in excess of 6900 channels of audio.

The router is connected over coax and fibre to a Studer Vista 5 console for complete audio connectivity. Other equipment on board includes a Riedel Artist 128 intercom, a VSM studio control system, Vizrt graphics and the latest 3D-capable Sony MVS-7000x vision mixer.

The new vehicle – which is the result of a close collaboration between Broadcast Networks, prime contractor Sony Professional Services, OB-Team’s technical department and Swedish coachbuilder Groth – is aimed at large/mid-sized productions and will make its public debut with Sony at next month’s IBC show (stand 12.A10).

Tom Haye, managing director of Broadcast Networks, commented: ”OB-Team operates in Scandinavia, which has notoriously harsh winter weather conditions. Given the size of this vehicle it was vital that we considered its construction, as well as its performance as a high-end 3D production facility. The Swedish coachbuilder Groth made sure it could cope with icy conditions by building in various traction improvement systems as well as providing extreme temperature insulation systems and featuring heated floor and roof to ensure the vehicle stays warm and doesn’t get large amounts of snow building up on the roof.

”By having a vehicle that it is half tender and half production truck, OB-Team can make significant operational savings and also be much ’greener’. This means that only one vehicle needs to travel to events where traditionally two vehicles would have had to be used. The tender section of the vehicle has provision for future expansion should OB-Team wish to covert it at a later date, when the vehicle’s production capabilities need to grow.”

For more on this historic project, please read TVBE’s previous coverage here.

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