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Blackmagic Design Aboard 'Dans Le Bus'
French mobile news studio brings community stories to life with Blackmagic Design...

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n innovative 'Citybus', housing
a mobile studio built entirely
with Blackmagic Design products
is broadcasting local news and
features from the heart of a
community in northern France.
Matélé, a local TV station launched
in May 2013, broadcasts to 315,000
households in Saint Quentin, in the
Aisne department in Picardy. Its daily
programme, Dans Le Bus, features
40 minutes of interviews and footage
with local personalities, business
owners and the general public,
produced from a Mercedes Sprinter,
which travels around the city, filming
constantly for five hours a day.
As well as customising the vehicle
with brightly coloured outside
branding, the passenger seats have
been replaced with comfortable
leather chairs to form a mobile studio,
with the back of the vehicle housing
a full production gallery.
The mobile studio is core to
Matélé's broadcasting objective of
bringing regional news directly to the
local community. "Local news has a
responsibility to reach people who
are often regarded as 'inaccessible'
by other media outlets," said JeanLuc Nelle, Director of Matélé.
"Of course, it's important to
report the news, but there's a
certain spontaneity that can only
be produced when you go out and
physically meet the people living
and working in a city. Rather than
simply broadcasting to the public,
you must bring the news to them,
and invite them to talk about what is
important to them. People can slide
open the door and jump straight into
our studio to share their stories.
We've uncovered some incredible
and fascinating personalities, simply
by letting the cameras roll rather than
focus on a specific news agenda."
The production workflow was
devised by video production
specialist PAD, based on the
vehicle's two man crew. One team
member acts as director, presenter
and driver and the other controls
feeds from the eight HD cameras and
manages all production equipment.
The workflow is built around the
Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production
Switcher and 1 M/E Broadcast Panel
to select and mix the show footage,
whilst on the move. The eight
cameras feed into a Blackmagic
Compact Videohub via eight Mini
Converter HDMI-SDI, which are then
connected as inputs to the switcher.
Two HyperDeck Studio Pros record
up to five hours of footage each day
and the media is accessed from the
SSDs using Blackmagic Multidock.
"The ATEM Switcher has some great
features, such as SuperSource

The Matélé mobile television studio and, inset Blackmagic's ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher
installed onboard the vehicle

multi layering, which enables us to
produce very high quality footage
that's ready for broadcast when
the team gets back to Matélé's
headquarters," said Philippe Baudet,
Director, PAD.
'Dans Le Bus' is based on a ProRes
workflow and there is no need to
export the footage from the two
synchronised HyperDeck Studio
Pro; it can simply be uploaded
ready for immediate broadcast. The
HyperDecks' timecode support is
invaluable for the show's production,
as timecode can be preserved
from the incoming video streams,
and used to collate and playback
recorded files with the original
timecode information, making it
incredibly quick to retrieve the day's
most compelling interviews.
The vehicle also has a Blackmagic
Audio Monitor and SmartScope Duo
for high quality monitoring in the
field. "Whilst we've done all we can
to create a studio feel to the bus,
the acoustics are a real challenge,

Equipment rack space is at a
premium in the operations area

because they can be affected
by so many different factors; an
unexpected thunderstorm, or a
busy street can ruin a fantastic
interview," said Philippe. "The Audio
Monitor integrates perfectly with the
workflow inside the bus, and ensures
that we know exactly what audio
quality we are working with and that
it is fit for broadcast."
From a production perspective,
the workflow had to be customised
so that everything can be controlled
by one person, in order to compile
broadcast ready footage from the
back of the bus.
Philippe said: "All of our technical
decisions were based on one
key factor: how can Matélé's
crew meet as many people as
possible each day?
"For example, the driver's chair
swivels and can be locked to face
interviewees in the studio area, but
we've also added a camera filming
the driver, feeding a Blackmagic
SmartView HD monitor in front of
the chairs, so that interviews can still
safely continue 'face to face' even
when the presenter is driving. In the
back of the bus, we also installed
game pad joysticks into the armrest
of the operator's chair, so they can
control a pan and tilt camera with
precision, even on the road. It doesn't
matter whether the bus is stationary
or on the road; the crew still has the
ability to be producing engaging,
exciting content."

PAD has also installed on board
over 40 transformers, as well as
enough standalone batteries to
enable the studio to run for over eight
hours on the road.
The public response to the bus
has been extremely positive and has
justified Matélé's strategy to focus the
technical requirements on the best
way to engage with the community.
"Every choice was made to best suit
the local community," concluded
Jean-Luc Nelle. "We even decided
on the make of vehicle because it
matches the public Citybuses in Saint
Quentin, so people feel intrigued to
find out what is going on in Matélé's."
"Blackmagic Design was the
perfect choice, to provide us with
an affordable and reliable mobile
studio environment. It provides the
depth of integration our team needs
to capture the real hearts and minds
of Saint Quentin's community, and
the quality of content required to
broadcast this in a compelling and
true to life format."

Matélé's mobile studio is built on a
Mercedes Sprinter base


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