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TVC: Croatel expands HD OB fleet

12 September 2014

Croatian OB and facilities company, Croatel has taken delivery of a new 20-camera HD OB van from CTV that on display in the Outside Exhibit area.

Croatel’s HD OB 3 is designed primarily for football coverage, including UEFA Champions League and Europa Football League matches, as well as Croatian Football League games.

Built by TVC, the OB van uses a Volvo FH 420 HP 6X2 chassis and can be used with up to 20 cameras, including at least 16 Grass Valley LDK8000 World Elite cameras and two LDK8300 super slow-motion cameras. It also has an XT3 EVS System and a Miranda router with Densite 3 frame units, including all cross-converter boards, multiviewer, references, embedders and de-embedders.

The video mixer is a Grass Valley Karrera 3M/E Video Production Centre with K-Frame, with Sony BVM/PVM series monitors. There is a Studer Vista 5 M3 digital audio mixing system including meter bridge and Vista Compact Remote, as well as Riedel Artist – digital matrix intercom system.

The coach includes motorised drums for triax or fibre cables, separate isolated room for audio, production area, slow motion and engineering areas. The one-side expandable coach is 11.9m long, 4m high, and has an expanded width of 3.8 m. It also has hydraulic jacks, redundant air conditioning systems, two double power feeds, and an uninterruptible power supply for 20 minutes operation.

“TVC have done a great job in a very short period of time but in superior quality. TVC engineers offered and implemented original mechanical solutions which had a positive effect on the OB operation,” said Croatel managing director, Tonko Barac.

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