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InStudio

Ruggedised OB Camera
Rain Covers - Trusted By
Professionals

Introduction

With production and live sports
starting to pick up the pace again, and
the news still displaying as a staple of
everyone's day - we wondered what
other challenges Outside Broadcast
have to deal with alongside this new
environment and what hurdles need
to be overcome when it comes to
equipment.
The pandemic has really shone
light on the need for the broadcast
industry not just for livelihoods but for
routine and stability. Entertainment
has become some people's solitude
through this unprecedented time.
News reporters have continued to
put themselves in risky environments
to keep us up to date on the daily
information that we have come to rely
on.

The challenged in industry
When you start taking the complex
apparatus
and
equipment
of
broadcasting out of the confines of
the studio - and into the outside world
- is essential to ensure broadcasters
have a varied, diverse output that
reflects their viewership and feels
connected to reality; especially during
a worldwide pandemic.
From live sports events to unfolding
news stories or simply taking a well-

established programme out on the
road, outside broadcasting offers TV
companies limitless opportunity to
tell stories, but it comes with its own
unique set of challenges and setbacks
which only the most specialised,
high-quality equipment can meet
effectively.
At all but the very biggest events
where an outside broadcast takes
place, having the equivalent of an
entire studio and gallery's worth of
equipment is not possible. Often there
is one small vehicle relaying signals
back to the main broadcast centre, so
knowing how to operate effectively
with limited resources is also hugely
important.

The challenges of outside
broadcasting include:
The weather and environment
It goes without saying that all
electrical equipment from cameras
and microphones to mixing consoles
and monitors have to be protected
from rain, but there are other reasons
the elements can cause problems. On
windy days, dirt or sand - depending
on the type of environment you are in
- could cause damage to equipment if
even the smallest amount gets into it.
Robust and weatherproof protection is
crucial.

Electricity
Broadcasting takes huge amounts
of power, often due to lighting in
particular.
Having the right generators in place
to avoid overloading local electricity
supplies is vital, and these also need
to be housed in the right protective
casing.
Lighting
Natural light can play its part in
an outside broadcast, but having a
supplementary lighting setup makes
all the difference when it comes to the
final picture that viewers will see at
home - and finding the right spot that
lights well can be a challenge in itself.
This makes lighting just as important,
and almost as power-consuming, as it
would be in a studio.
In addition, lighting needs to be set
up safely and well-ventilated to avoid
overheating.
Cabling
Many metres of cabling have to be
run across the site for video signals,
audio signals and power, in a way that
is completely safe and reliable. Poor
cabling is done in a hurry or without
the proper care and attention can
cause serious danger to life, especially
when the elements are involved.

Efficiency
There is often not much time to set
up and take down equipment at the
location, but it is important to do this
in a way which not only ensures safety
but protects the outside broadcasting
gear too.

How CP Cases can help
There are a number of different
hurdles that have to be overcome
during an outside broadcast, and
at CP Cases one of our specialisms
is manufacturing industry-leading
equipment that allows you to do this.
Our ruggedised OB camera rain
covers are among the most reliable
on the market, made from a waterrepellent urethane-coated material
and made to order in bespoke sizes
if necessary. They have been used at
some of the most famous sporting
events and live events in the world.
We correspondingly offer bags
and TV cases that are designed
in
conjunction
with
broadcast
professionals in order to offer
practical solutions that are easy to use
and tested in the field. We are able to
design bespoke products to order and
are always developing innovative new
lightweight products that are more
cost-effective. Our clients include
major broadcasters like the BBC and


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In Broadcast - February 2021 - Intro
In Broadcast - February 2021 - Cover1
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