German production company Studio Berlin has developed a new concept for its latest OB van by separating the control room from the technology.
The company planned and built the new van with German system integrator Broadcast Solutions.
All the technical components for U10 are housed in a central equipment room in the support truck with a fibre interlink connecting the two vehicles.
According to Studio Berlin, installing large parts of technology in the support truck means that the company can increase the working area in the main OB van. U10 has approx. 60 m2 working space and is able to accommodate up to 26 people.
U10 can work with up to 24 UHD cameras (Grass Valley LDX 86N) and additional wireless cameras, and is equipped with a Grass Valley 12G K-Frame XP Compact vision mixer with XTREME option. Two GV control panels access the vision mixer, a Karrera K-Frame 3 M/E in the main control room and a Korona 2 M/E in the second control room.
Riedel’s decentralised MediorNet router solution manages the video and audio signals and the multiviewers, while 38 UHD MicroN units manage the van’s UHD and HD signals.
U10 uses two Lawo audio consoles, an mc256 MK III (64 faders) console with fully redundant UHD cores operates in audio control 1, with a Lawo mc236 (16 faders) console is in audio control 2. The truck also includes eight EVS servers or Grass Valley LiveTouch servers.
Nick Zimmermann, managing director at Studio Berlin said: “With U10 we add another large vehicle to our UHD/HDR company strategy, which started with OB U9 four years ago. We have built up a great deal of know-how in implementing high-quality productions in UHD/HDR that incorporated into the planning of U10. With this strategy, we provide our services at the highest technical level, especially in large UHD sports or show productions. In our view, for these productions, the classic OB van still has its right to exist, all the more if you pursue an innovative concept, as we have done with U10.”