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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 11 - Issue 2 | February 2021

InTech

Mobile Vehicle
Production - OBs
Contributing Editor David Kirk examines the deployment of
various state-of-the-art remote production systems in these
ever-challenging times...

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020 was inevitably a challenging
year for OB service providers
given the impact of coronavirusrelated lockdowns on large-scale
public gatherings. What was meant to
be the biggest event in the 2020 sports
calendar, the Summer Olympics in
Tokyo, is currently slated for July 23rd
through August 8th 2021 and looks very
likely to proceed even if the athletes
have to compete in face masks. If it
does, NHK will gain a long-anticipated
opportunity to promote its 8K-UHD
standard.
So what's new since InBroadcast
surveyed this category last February?
Notable advances are the ongoing
transition from HD SDR to 4K-UHD
HDR and the increasing use of IP
both for internal interfacing and long
distance links.
BFE GmbH has a long history of OB
design and production as part of its
overall systems integration activity.
It recently equipped two OB vehicles
for Oman TV. United Broadcast &
Media Solutions, as prime contractor,
supplied two semitrailers which BFE
then fitted out. Air conditioning and
cooling had to be designed to cope
with high summer temperatures, dust
and humidity.
Based in Salalah, HD1 is a compact
eight camera OB van built on a
Mercedes Actros chassis. Total
length is 10.7 metres. HD2, based in
Muscat, is a 10 camera OB van with
an extendable outer shell and a total
length of 12.6 metres. Both vehicles
are divided into audio control, video
control and technical control rooms.
The audio control rooms are
equipped with a Lawo MC256 mixer
and configured to match the consoles

Gravity's RoVa 1 OB truck

CTV's OB 12
vehicle interior

already in use by Oman TV. Each
unit is accompanied by an additional
support truck based on the Mercedes
Actros 1222 chassis constructed
in cooperation with a Dutch coach
builder.
CTV Outside Broadcast's OB 12
mobile production truck hit the road
recently for coverage of the PGA
European Tour following an upgrade
to fully modular SMPTE 2110 IP-based
operation. The new infrastructure
is based on an SDNsquare Grid
software-defined
network
which
allows IP complexity to be controlled
via intuitive graphic tools. Leader
LV7600 and LV7300 rasterising test
instruments are used through the OB
12 production areas to match incoming
feeds. They also allow operators
to ensure that the full available

dynamic range is maintained from
source right through to output. " SDI
infrastructures are inherently limited
in terms of configurability, " says Paul
Francis, CTV's Chief Technical Officer.
" IP delivers the flexibility needed to
overcome almost every SDI constraint.
It also allows us to support our clients'
needs for the foreseeable future, not
least in responding to the ongoing
evolution of video formats. " " It was
really impressive to see everything
working so smoothly, " adds Richard
Morton, Head of Projects at CTV
Outside Broadcast. Nobody was really
aware of the massive technology
change. "
ES Broadcast offers a range
of equipment sales and systems
integration services including the
supply of previously-owned OB trucks.

The company has delivered more than
200 OB and SNG vehicles, as well as a
similar number of fixed installations.
FAL Systems specialises in designing
and building mobile production
trucks and satellite link vehicles,
including off the shelf models. It also
offers upgrades and refurbishment
of existing vehicles. Among recent
projects was a 5 tonne 4K-UHD
compact production van with airconditioned production and audio
areas.
Gravity Media was formed by the
integration of Gearhouse Broadcast,
HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media
and Chief Entertainment. Operating
from premises in Australia, Britain,
France, Germany, Qatar and the USA,
the group offers services 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-UHD production. The UK and
Qatar each recently gained a new
specialist truck serving the European
and Middle East markets respectively.
On the US east and west coasts,
Gravity Media offers vehicles ranging
from Sprinter-based mini mobile units
to a custom built articulated truck.
Recent projects include the Australian
W-League, covered for Fox Sports
using the 12 metre RoVa 1 OB truck
which comes as standard with six HD
cameras, expandable to eight, plus a
Ross Carbonite production switcher
and 36-fader Calrec Brio audio mixer.
HD Broadcast's recently completed
UHD-2 OB truck is a 16.5 metre triple
expanding trailer designed for live
outdoor broadcasting and studiosupport. The vehicle, operated from
the company's base at Nieder-Olm
near Mainz, is configured into four
separate control galleries and can
accommodate up to 28 production
personnel. Production facilities include
up to 30 4K-UHD cameras, five 4K-UHD
HDR shader desks with Leader LV5600
waveform monitors, EVS real-time and
slow-motion instant-replay and Lawo
audio control. " UHD gives content
producers the ability to deliver a level
of picture quality akin to the real-world
live experience, " says MD Constantin
Novotny. " The initial challenge
production teams face is to ensure
every camera is fully aligned and
matched to any others being used, not
least in terms of colour temperature.
Using the LV5600 instruments we
can check those parameters quickly
and accurately both in terms of signal
levels and chroma vectors. "


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