Five new UHD OB Vans
Broadcast Solutions GmbH took orders for five new UHD OB Vans from NEP Europe, one of which will be likely Europe’s largest one. Four of the OB Vans will be 8-12 camera vehicles, while the fifth will be a triple-expanding trailer capable of handling more than 30 cameras. The smaller models will be based on Broadcast Solutions’ Streamline Family concept with pre-configured and nearly “off-the-shelf” OB Vans. With the Streamline OB Vans the German company changed building an OB Van from a project to a product. The results are short delivery times and standardized overall designs, key for fast setup times during productions.
The four smaller production vehicles will either be based on the S8, as used for HD34K, or the S12 4K, used for UHD-41, Broadcast Solutions developed for NEP Germany and NEP Switzerland recently – based as well on the Streamline Family. HD34K being NEP’s latest UHD OB Van works with up to 8 UHD cameras, and goes on air soon after IBC. NEP Switzerland’s UHD-41 is on production with Swisscom Teleclub, that produces part of its coverage of Swiss football in UHD since July using the Broadcast Solutions built 12-camera UHD-41 truck – a Streamline S12 with a new concept, using a new room layout but a typical Streamline audio/video system. Both trucks have Grass Valley switchers and use the 2SI (two sample interleave) Quad Link format of UHD.
For all new OB Vans NEP Europe opts for the full 4K approach as Paul Henriksen, President NEP Broadcast Services Europe, points out: “We see 4K is starting to develop in Europe, and now is the time to stop building normal HD OB Vans.”
Stefan Breder, Broadcast Solutions’ CEO, enthused: “After we have just delivered six Streamline OB Vans (two as 4K versions) to NEP Europe within this year, we are very pleased with NEP’s new order. Even more since one of the five new trucks, which is part of the order, will be one of Europe’s largest OB Vans.”
The decision for using the Streamline based OB Vans results in fast delivery times and similar overall designs. Since schedule is demanding, work on the trucks will start within in the next few weeks. Timing is paramount to this project and Broadcast Solutions is confident to deliver in time – HD34K only took three months from order to delivery. Over the last five years Broadcast Solutions has built more than 20 OB Vans for NEP in total.