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Remote / OB / Flyaway Production
Contributing Editor David Kirk
examines the progressive shift in the
deployment of various state-of-the-art
remote production systems...

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ollowing on from InBroadcast's
recent survey of robotic camera
systems, this article looks at recent
developments in remote television
production including some of the
world's most active OB service
providers. A gradual transition from
on-site OB production to IP-based
remote camera control is in progress
but, like the advance from HD to UHD
broadcasting, could easily occupy an
entire decade.
Arena TV operates a large OB fleet
including four UHD trucks, nine HD
trucks and seven VT trucks from its
base at Redhill Aerodrome, southern
England. OBX, OBY and OBZ are
triple-expanders each seating 18
production staff and 14 VT operators.
Configurable to operate in UHD and/
or HD in HDR and/or SDR, they can
be supplied with up to 32 GV LDX86N
cameras. Standard facilities include 12
EVS XT3 replay servers, a GV K-Frame
X IP-native vision switcher and a
Calrec Apollo audio console. Arena has
invested in remote production de-rig
and OB equipment based around Net
Insight's Nimbra media gateway. In
addition to its OB and VT truck fleets,
the company operates 12 aircraft
includes the Airbus AS355-NP and
Agusta AW109E series of helicopters
for aerial filming. Arena was the first
to introduce the Shotover F1, the
Cineflex HD and the FLIR Ultramedia II
camera systems. It also offers a range
of solutions for 8K, 6K, 4K and 2K
productions.
CTV delivered its first OB truck
in 1983. Based in High Wycombe,
England, the company's fleet includes
five HD trucks (OB1, 3, 7, 10 and 14),

CTV OB11 UHD truck

four UHD trucks (OB2 UHD, 4 UHD,
9 UHD and 11 UHD) plus two server
trucks (MVT3 and MVT5). OB11 UHD is
a 16.6 metre long by 6.5 metre wide
vehicle equipped to accommodate 28
camera channels. Onboard facilities
include a 120-input Grass Valley
Kahuna 9600 HD/3G/4K UHD vision
mixer, an Imagine 576 x 1024 router, and is equipped with 24 x 4K monitors
80 EVS effects channels, a Calrec in its main control room. UK-based
Apollo Bluefin 64-fader audio console OB vehicle, Pictor, is a 5.5 metre rigid
and128 x 128 Telex Adam talkback. CTV unit with 16 HD camera channels.
is part of France-based Euro Media Its three-tiered production area can
Group which also owns ACS (Aerial accommodate a crew of eight in air
Camera Systems) and Telegenic.
conditioned comfort and incorporates
Gravity Media was formed by the production equipment from Grass
integration of Gearhouse Broadcast, Valley, EVS and Calrec.
HyperActive Broadcast, Input
Flycom
Media and Chief Entertainment. Moscow-based
operates various
Operating from premises in OB vehicles
Australia,
Britain,
France,
Germany, Qatar and the USA,
the group offers service such
as remote production and live
streaming, HD studios, production
galleries and asset management.
Gravity Media in Australia and the
USA operates mobile units and
OB trucks equipped for HD and
4K production. The UK and Qatar each
Flycom was established in 2006.
recently gained a new specialist truck Based in Moscow, it provides ISO
serving the European and Middle East 9001 2000 compliant satellite uplink,
markets respectively. On the US east downlink and turnaround services for
and west coasts, Gravity Media offers television, radio and data channels.
vehicles ranging from Sprinter-based Flycom operates an OB fleet including
mini mobile units to a custom built mobile production units, DSNG and
articulated truck. Ten HD mobile units flyaways, point to point radio relays
cover a wide range of applications, and supporting personnel. Clients
including sport, entertainment and include the BBC, CBS, Channel One
news. Largest is Columbus, an 18.3 (Russia), CNN, EBU, NHK, RT and
metre long IP-ready expanding truck Sport TV (Russia), TVP Poland and
designed for the US live market. ZDF. Flycom´s Special Events team
Columbus has 22 camera channels provides a range of services which

Arena TV's OBZ triple-expander

enable clients to broadcast live events
such as concerts, sports and shows
from anywhere in Russia and the CIS
to audiences around the globe. Flycom
also offers a news package creating
news from Moscow, St. Petersburg
or in any point in the CIS. This facility
includes FTP-equipped office space
with workstations for journalists,
production staff and equipment.
Flycom owns a teleport in
Moscow which is supported by
global fibre links to provide
distribution of content.
Mediapro,
managed
from
headquarters in Barcelona, offers
a range of resources including
video production and postproduction, IBC management
and OB crewing. Recent projects
include coverage of the UEFA
Champions League Final in Madrid.
Mediapro fielded multiple OB vehicles,
42 cameras and 150 crew to capture
the match for 4K and HD simulcasting.
Mediapro was also active in Baku on
the production of the UEFA Europa
League Final and in Portugal for the
UEFA Nations League Finals.
NEP was founded in 1984, initially as
part of the WNEP-TV television station
in Pennsylvania, its abbreviations
deriving from NorthEast Productions.
NEP became independent in 1986 after
the New York Times Company

Mediapro UEFA camera control desk


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