A High Definition-ready outside broadcast (OB) van is presently being shipped to a major Qatar-based broadcaster by ARET, which is well known for undertaking turnkey OB projects for customers from consultancy and conception design to coach building, systems integration, commissioning, training and after sales support.
The 12-camera OB van, which uses two additional wireless cameras, can support production in both SD and HD formats.
“We are perhaps the only company in the world that does everything with regards to outside broadcast vehicles including undertaking the coach building in-house,” comments Dr. Eng. Umberto Asti, vice president international sales, ARET.
The 12-14 camera van boasts two production rooms. This van has one of the widest main production rooms, claims ARET. A second production room is complete with slow motion pod, and a post production pod been designed to operate in full comfort away form the operational area.
“The two production rooms are designed to share all the resources in a flexible way,” explains Asti.
“It is possible to configure them in order to produce completely separated programmes by assigning the resources from a simple keypad. The UMD, VUMD, and tally systems are managed dynamically and both areas can operate independently or serve as a main or backup.”
The van’s engineering room hosts some of the highest technologies available in the market, says Asti.
Key kit in the OB van include Thomson LDK 8000 cameras, Kayak HD 300 and 100 production mixers, a Calrec Zeta audio console, a Yamaha secondary audio console, EVS slomo servers, Kroma Telecom’s monitors and intercom systems, a GVG routing switcher and Tektronix systems.
As a company with 40 years of experience building OB vans, ARET has paid a great deal of attention to the construction of the coach to ensure that it will hold well in the extreme climatic conditions of the desert landscape.
Besides the fact that the unit follows strict road regulation standards, it has been specifically developed to weather the hot, humid and sandy conditions of the Middle East, explains Asti.
“We have used a special technology for the construction of this vehicle and it is a unique standard developed by ARET. Though it is fully expandable, the look of the van is very clean. It has a beautiful ‘family look‘ that is reminiscent of all ARET OB vans. All of the coach-building details make it an unmistakable ARET OB Van. Right from the lower stainless steel belt to the foldable stairs, the embedded sunshields and the operational lights, this coach is a reflection of our capabilities as an OB van manufacturer.”
The van has also been designed to have the shortest possible time to operation. As a result, all of the mechanic handlings of the van are automatic and controlled by a movement detection security system. Nevertheless, in cases of emergency, the hydraulics can be operated manually.
The power supply system is committed to operation despite emergencies that may crop up. The system is equipped with an insulation transformer. In addition, a battery of UPS can power up the entire OB van for several minutes.
This OB van is completed by a power generator and transportation vehicle. The power supply system is designed for operating in hot, humid and sandy environments. The van has also been designed with a lot of storage space and additional rest area for crew equipped with an air conditioning system.
Several issues needed to be addressed when building this van, explains Asti.
For one, building vans for easy operations in the hard Middle East environment has been an issue that the company has been able to address more easily as it has now delivered to several clients in the region, including broadcasters in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Lebanon.
“Besides this, accommodating all of the customer’s requirements within the available space is important. The third challenge was the system complexity as it had to be flexible between two production rooms and maintain fully integrated dialogue through all the equipment between the two production environments,” explains Asti.
“This OB van will be seen at several important live productions in the Middle East and will give you an opportunity to see who both technology and beauty can go well together,” he concludes.
ARET also recently delivered an eight-HD camera van expandable to ten to a major broadcaster in Kuwait.
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- Thomson LDK 8000 cameras
- Kayak HD 300 primary production video mixer
- Kayak HD 100 secondary production mixer
- Calrec Zeta audio console
- Yamaha secondary audio console
- EVS slomo servers
- Kroma Telecom monitors
- Kroma Telecom Intercom
- GVG Routing switcher
- Tektronix systems