DMI HD OB fleet set for delivery in October

Sony to deliver OB vans in time for UAE horse racing season.
Karl Hijazi, Sony Professional Solutions Middle East
Karl Hijazi, Sony Professional Solutions Middle East
All technical systems in the new vans will be designed for seamless integration with DMI's existing fleet.
All technical systems in the new vans will be designed for seamless integration with DMI's existing fleet.

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Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) has confirmed an order with Sony Professional Solutions Middle East for two High Definition outside broadcast (OB) vehicles, which are due to be delivered in October.

The vehicles will form flagship OB units specifically designed to deliver High Definition broadcasts for the most demanding and high profile sports events across Dubai and the Middle East region. The designs are established on the principles of future-proof technology and flexibility in the use of space and operational areas within the vehicles. 

“The OB vehicles will be fully fitted out at our factory in the UK,” confirms Karl Hijazi, head of professional services, Proposals Group, Sony Professional Solutions Middle East.

“Dubai TV has a busy racing schedule and a lot of OB production jobs during the racing season. I believe these OBs will be used for this,” he says. 

Each vehicle will comprise a thirteen-metre trailer with an expanding side. They will house Sony Professional’s video and broadcast equipment. Each vehicle will have 10 HDC-1400 with fibre transmission, two HDC-3300 Super slow motion cameras and will also feature the MVS-8000G 2.5M/E high definition switcher, Sony’s range of LMD monitors and HDW-M2000P video tape recorders . 

To deliver the DMI OB vehicles, the Sony Professional team will work in partnership with EVS, who will provide two six-channel slow motion servers for normal slow motion replay, as well as two four-channel recorders to handle each of the super slow motion cameras. Sony’s Professional Services team will provide full project management for the build of the vehicles, to ensure the video, audio and control system design as well as all installation, configuration and testing meets the specific needs of DMI.

 “We chose Sony Professional to provide these vehicles because we feel the team brings DMI the best combination of leading broadcast technology and a deep understanding of our business needs,” says Hassan Chahine, chief technology officer at Dubai Media Incorporated.

“Sony’s Professional Services team truly understands the way we want to raise the bar for live broadcasting in the Middle East, so we are very confident in selecting them to provide our new outside broadcast vehicles.”

The vehicles will contain audio mixers based on Solid State Logic SS L C132 state-of-the-art Digital Audio Console. Since the cameras will use fibre technology for video transmission, each van will also be equipped with ten HDFX fibre-to-triax converters and 10 HDTX triax-to-fibre converters. This will provide DMI engineers with the flexibility to interface the new fibre technology with existing triax cables in various stadia throughout Dubai.

All technical systems will be designed for seamless integration with other fleet vehicles to allow DMI to expand facilities for coverage of very large events, meaning the initial investment can be scaled up as DMI’s operations increase in size.

Although Sony has delivered a significant number of OB vans to the Middle East including Syrian Radio & TV, ERTU and so on, almost all of them have been custom built either in the UK or the US and shipped here.

Sony’s Hijazi says the major reason for this is the lack of coach building expertise in the region.

“Most of our OB vans are done in the UK or the US because they need to be fully pre-built in the factory and most of the coach builders reside in these countries. We do not have local coach builders here in the region. However, in the near future, we hope to build at least some small OB vans locally. Some of the expert engineering goes into the custom-build and we have resident engineers who are fully skilled to handle this,” he says.

Hijazi adds that in the last three to four years, Sony has been doing at least 20 OB vans each year from the UK.

Speaking about the deal, Hideaki Nakamura, regional director of Sony Professional adds that “Sony Professional continues to see growth in demand despite challenging economic conditions”.

“Projects of this nature are extremely complex, and our success suggests that customers value the quality design, disciplined project management and specialist systems integration expertise from our Professional Services team.”

KEY KIT

VIDEO 

  • 10 x HDC 1400 HDCAMs
  •  2 x HDC-3300 HD supermotion cameras
  •  Fibre/triax and triax/fibre conversion
  •  Range of Canon lenses and Sachtler support systems
  •  MVS-8000G vision mixer (4ME, 51 I/P, 24 O/P, 4 CH DVE)
  •  Range of LMD and BVM A-series displays including Sony’s latest range of the true HD flat panel monitors
  •  Probel router
  •  4 x EVS Slo-mo systems, 3 x HDW-M2000P VTRs
  •  Vizrt graphics systems
  •  Snell and Wilcox glue 
  •  Gigawave Microwave link

KEY KIT

AUDIO 

  • SSL digital audio console with fibre optic remote Stagebox
  •  Surround sound compatibility
  •  Extensively equipped with large selection of wired and wireless microphones
  •  Full range of digital Outboard Special Effects processors
  •  RTS Telex Intercom System
  •  Complete with full tally, UMD and matrix control system

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