Baltic OB company Levira will build what they claim is the largest and most advanced outside broadcast vehicle in the Baltics. Provisionally dubbed the Levira HD OB2, the double expanding 16-camera HD OB truck will be constructed by Lithuanian coachbuilder and systems integrator TVC.
Levira’s new OB vehicle has the operating capacity of up to 16 LDX80 cameras and up to four eight-channel SloMo servers. The truck will be equipped with Ross Carbonite Black HDTV Vision mixer, Lawo Mc2 56 Mark II audio console, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio system, Imagine Platinum routing system, fully digital Riedel intercom and VSM Virtual Studio Manager for configurations.
This is Levira’s third OB truck, and will be aimed primarily at medium and large productions. The truck will be designed with manoeuvrability in mind, accommodating productions in locations with limited access, such as the narrow streets of Tallinn and Riga Old Towns. The first big productions with the new truck will be the broadcasts of KHL matches in Riga, the Luge World Cup in Sigulda and the EuroBasket group stage in Helsinki.
New cameras, lenses, stands and other audio and video equipment have been delivered to Tallinn, and the new OB vehicle is expected to be fully operational by autumn 2016, when Levira and the constructor TVC will showcase it at IBC2016 in Amsterdam.
“This cost efficient, modern and ergonomic vehicle will help us fulfil the growing needs and expectations of our clients, especially in Scandinavia,” said Kulno Kägu, head of TV productions at Levira. “There will be a lot of very complex and demanding live broadcast productions and Levira will be fully prepared for that as well,” Kägu said.