In Broadcast - NAB SHOW 2017 - 90
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Gearhouse Broadcast USA has rolled out its Columbus 4K Mobile Unit, as it continues to expand
services in sports and entertainment production in U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin America...
earhouse Broadcast USA is
debuting Columbus, the first
mobile unit based in the U.S. to feature
a full 4K monitor wall, 'one button'
hydraulic deployment, and integrated
RF (mast included), among many other
The unit is specifically designed,
built, integrated and finished to
the highest industry standards for
4K/UHD sports and entertainment
Gearhouse Broadcast's Columbus Mobile Unit
The main control room
productions. Columbus employs a
virtual management system to control This facilitates the initial set-up of interfacing of different video formats, Eclipse Delta frame running FreeSpeak
complex signal flow and has a second the unit for production and allows as well as audio management, frame II allowing point-to-point four-wire
control room for digital streaming, the operators to very easily make synchronization and embedding and beltpack usage.
additional languages, and IMAG.
changes during production with just de-embedding of audio to the 4K
Columbus was built by renowned
The arrival of Columbus reinforces "one touch," rather than having to re- signals.
specialist coachbuilder A Smith of
the company's increased commitment route video, audio and control features
Columbus utilizes a Grass Valley Great Bentley (ASGB Ltd), per the
to ongoing expansion in North independently. With these resources, Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher design and under the oversight of
America. With the addition of it can manage the most demanding along with four 12-channel EVS Gearhouse's System Integrations team.
this premier production solution, productions in the live business, ChannelMAX live-production servers.
"We loaded Columbus with powerful
Gearhouse Broadcast USA augments sports and entertainment alike, with a An Imagine Communications Platinum video
its wide range of existing offerings for particular focus on the U.S. market.
IP3 router is supported by the Lawo capabilities, so directors, producers,
broadcasters, studios, networks and
Using the VSM panels, operators can VSM control and monitoring platform.
engineers and operators can work
production companies throughout prepare and save complete workflows
Large and ambitious live productions with ease and in a comfortable
the U.S., Canada, Latin America and in advance of a production, and can require high DSP performance and environment," says Marc Genin,
recall complete global snapshots of the channel counts, as well as direct Managing
"Columbus was developed with the whole truck with a button-push shortly access to many audio channels via Broadcast USA.
current and emerging needs of the before going live. In addition, the VSM fader - which delivered by a 64-fader
"For high-pressure, live broadcast
U.S. market in mind, based on our system acts as a full tally and labeling mc²56 audio console in a 48-bay frame situations, this truck gives productions
experience here as well as from what system with no need for a dedicated with an integrated routing matrix of the ability to adapt quickly. The
we have learned with advanced mobile single tally solution.
8192 x 8192 crosspoints. The console mobile
units in Australia," says Gearhouse
Barry Revels from Lawo in the UK offers 540 full processing channels, 64 deployed and levelled via remote
Broadcast CEO and Founder John said: "We really enjoyed working AES I/O on the main core with 32 MADI controlled
with Gearhouse on this project, and 4 RAVENNA/AES67 interfaces.
The mobile unit is IP-ready and their System Integration team fully
Through the mc²56, Lawo addressed and its technologically advanced
equipped with 24 Boland 4K monitors embraced the flexibility and power of Gearhouse's requirements for many infrastructure provides every level of
in the main control room monitor wall the VSM concept, while working with faders in a small footprint, as well service for broadcasters' needs."
- driven either as quad splits or single these guys we have helped produce as providing custom configuration
Three weeks after its arrival and
input 4K monitors from the main a truly versatile truck for the U.S. to address a wide range of workflow final commissioning in Los Angeles,
router - giving total flexibility in HD or market."
requirements. The meter bridge Columbus was put to the test at a
4K. It also features 16 Sony HDC-4300
A further part of the installation shows all fader Ievels clearly on the major event in downtown L.A. "That
4K/HD cameras with the capability to involves three Lawo V_pro8 8-channel console's HD touchscreen displays, weekend saw one of the biggest storms
add an additional six RF cameras or a video
allow with multi-row metering allowing in 12 years to hit Southern California,
further four Sony HDC-4300s.
easy viewing of all fader bringing heavy rain and high winds,"
Hitachi SK-HD1200 camera Audio is run through a Lawo mc²56 console
levels as well as signals recalls Genin. "The truck was
systems will be deployed for
from other layers or banks. hammered, but there wasn't a drop
applications outside of 4K.
For further customization, of water anywhere and production
Columbus' master systems
also continued as normal. It performed
control (Lawo VSM) gives
accommodates additional beyond expectations, proving our
operators ultimate control,
modules, such as a user technical expertise and design acumen
and maximum flexibility,
panel or RTW goniometer.
is a force to be reckoned with, even
with Wi-Fi tablets available
are when up against Mother Nature."
to control and assign sources
managed using the new
See Columbus first hand in the
and monitoring in the
RTS Adam matrix intercom. outdoor/mobile media area between
various operational areas,
Wireless communication is central and south halls.
including the monitor wall.
supported via a Clear-Com