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Green choices drive DutchView OBs

9 September 2011
Green choices drive DutchView OBs

Leading Netherlands broadcast and facilities company DutchView is building two new 3D-ready, 3Gbps outside broadcast trucks designed to be cleaner and greener, writes David Fox.

The 12m 12-camera trucks, with dual expanding sides, will cost €2.3m (excluding cameras). The company has also signed a five-year exclusive vendor contract with Grass Valley for cameras, switchers, routers, and servers, which includes up to 70 cameras, with 24 LDK 8000 Elite cameras already delivered for the trucks.

“We’ve been a Grass Valley cus- tomer for many years,” said DutchView CTO Dave Nijmeijers. “We have been working for years with Grass Valley switchers and routers, and still think they are the best for different types of programmes.”

The trucks will be fitted with Grass Valley’s latest Karerra 3Gbps production switcher, plus a Trinix NXT router and Multiviewer.

They will have 62-channel Studer Vista 9 audio consoles, plus Riedel wireless and wired intercom systems. DutchView is also using a Riedel MediorNet, which was delivered recently and used for the first time at a huge music festival, with four OB trucks and three audio trucks covering five stages. “It was a good experience,” Nijmeijers affirmed.

For its monitor wall, it is installing Penta monitors and Sony OLED displays for reference and grading, bought partly for their low-energy use.

The trucks will have low-emission engines using a blend of LPG and gasoil, to reduce emissions by about 30%. DutchView will gain a further 30% saving on air conditioning, using separate circuits for equipment and production staff (with heavy, sustainable, insulation between them). The company’s coachbuilder, D&MS, is making all furniture from sustainable materials.

DutchView is currently moving to a fully tapeless workflow, recording to EVS or Avid servers.


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