Published on Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Best Broadcast Hire recently launched a compact mobile broadcast outfit based on
ToolsOnAir's just: Broadcast Suite of multichannel ingest and playback tools for
|Constructed by the local BBH team in Dubai, the Shooter6 OB Van was designed to address the specific requirements of Middle East markets by delivering a compact mobile broadcasting and graphics system able to accommodate work from news to sporting events.|
|"Traditionally mobile units are designed and assembled in Europe, and then delivered directly to customers on location," explained Anders Frandsen, Project Manager at BBH. "With this project we wanted to design a mobile system that would take into account the needs and environment in the Middle East, so we allowed our team in Dubai to lead the project. Their experience and first hand knowledge was critical to the success of this build."|
|Achieving a relatively compact size that could easily navigate crowded city streets was one important design goal for the Dubai-based BBH team. But more challenging was keeping interior of the smaller OB Van cool, while ensuring that the onboard system would be able to withstand severe desert environments where sand and unpaved roads can wreak havoc on more complex, heavier gear. From the early planning stages it was clear that a simple, streamlined system with built-in versatility should be the priorities.|
|By combining the ToolsOnAir just:live playback and real time graphics software with an Apple Mac Mini, they were able to handle tasks from video play out and real-time graphics, to inserts, tickers and RSS feeds, accessible through just:live's timeline-based user interface.
The entire just:live system consumes 85 watts of power and fits into a single rack unit. I/O is provided via Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 3D capture and playback interface connected to the Mac Mini via the high-speed Thunderbolt bus. A Ross video switcher delivers graphics with key and fill over SDI, and a collection of monitors, switchers and HD recorders complete the installation. Space saving efforts successfully preserved ample room for the van to carry up to six Sony HXC100 HD cameras - the system is wired for up to eight.
This build began last December and was completed in three months. The OB Van had its first official trial in mid February at JBR, Dubai, where it provided all production services for a Top Flight MMA competition before making its way to its official debut at Dubai's Cabsat Expo. www.toolsonair.com