Rental company Procam Take 2 is bringing the UK’s largest cinematic-facing outside broadcast truck to the market.
The OB1 is designed for multi-cam recording and live broadcasts, and features 20 cine camera CCUs and has the capacity for up to 40 inputs. It joins the company’s recently upgraded OB2 and OB3 trucks.
“Since the inception of our projects division in 2016, cine and broadcast integration has become our specialty, and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved,” said Vicky Holden, director of projects at Procam Take 2.
“Demand for this offering has grown exponentially over the last six years, even throughout lockdowns, so the need for a cine OB truck has been apparent for a while. I’m thrilled that adding OB1 will allow us to supersize our OB capabilities and accommodate even bigger projects in-house.”
It is able to handle all cinematic frame rates as well as HD formats, said the company, allowing producers to choose cinematic, broadcast or a blend of both formats.
The truck can run two simultaneous line cuts, offering productions the benefit of looking at painted pictures whilst taking a LOG line cut away for quick edits. With 24 UHD VTRs, all cameras can record ISO for post production.
“We realised that there is an appetite for progressive formats, most notably 23.98p and 25p, which traditionally do not exist in the broadcast world, and OB1 fulfils that requirement”, added Dan Studley, technical director at Procam Take 2. “Our department exists to push creative boundaries and deliver innovative technical solutions, so when we can’t find something suitable out there, we build it.”
OB1 ioffers a state-of-the-art open plan modular layout, said the company, including two expandable production pods to deliver an adaptable footprint, with the ability to operate as a one-sided unit if ground space is limited.
The truck made its debut at Liam Gallagher Live at Knebworth, when Up The Game enlisted Procam Take 2 to provide 14 cine cameras and two long-lens broadcast cameras run through the truck in a blended broadcast.
“The Liam Gallagher concert was a huge success for OB1, and the footage looks stunning. We couldn’t have asked for a better first run,” added Studley. “OB1 is proving to be an ideal solution for producers wanting to take advantage of the latest cinematic camera technology, and we’re excited to see the impact our new cine truck will have on the wider OB market as demand for filmic imagery increases.”