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Ross Video: openTruck to take cost out of sports coverage

Ross Video Broadcast Networks has delivered new mobile production unit initiative, openTruck, at IBC2014. openTruck is a collaboration between Ross Video and other manufacturers to create a system that makes local sports programming for smaller events more affordable. It is being showcased on the Ross Video stand in the form of a high-spec compact production unit, built by Broadcast Networks to the openTruck standard.

Nigel Spratling, marketing product manager at Ross Video, commented: “Producers have a mission to get more and more event coverage as there is an increasing demand to get programming from more events. But to cover sports that are lower down the sporting hierarchy, you can only get a van and crew that are larger than requirement and expensive.

“We created the architecture of the openTruck platform, working with partners to create consistent production quality at a low cost using the DashBoard protocol,” said Spratling.

“Dashboard can be used to reduce set-up time before a match from 12 hours down to six by storing previous set ups for a particular stadium. It enables you to operate many controls from a single button, so you can use lower-skilled staff and less of them.”