Broadcast Solutions develops OB vehicle for psychological research

The Institute of Psychology at the University of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in Munich has recently created a mobile unit with a set to conduct video interviews. It was designed and implemented by systems integrator Broadcast Solutions.

The aim of the project was to create a mobile space to conduct video interviews with groups of people regardless of location. The vehicle should offer enough space for an undisturbed video situation and the necessary technology for editing and post-production of the material. Other challenges the company has highlighted were that the interview required studio lighting and it has to be equipped to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. To meet these requirements, an IVECO van, equipped with an area for the interviews plus a technical and editor’s workstation, was chosen as the basic vehicle.

In the truck the interviews will be covered with two cameras, a Sony FX6 on a tripod and a BirdDog PTZ camera remotely controlled by a joystick. In addition, the vehicle offers workstations for two editors and a technician in the technical area. Initially, the studio van works in HD but can be easily converted to UHD at any time. The technical area has two iMac computers (24”) with FinalCut Pro installed for editing. The material is stored on two AjA Ki Pro ULTRA units, processing 4 signals in HD or 2 in UHD. Two Konvision monitors are available for monitoring the video signals.

Dr Mathias Jaudas, research assistant at the Institute of Psychology and responsible for the project, explains the background of the vehicle: “We are trying something new for us here. With the new vehicle, we are very flexible and mobile in our research work and yet protected from external influences, thanks to the excellent sound insulation of the vehicle’s box body. In addition, the excellent air conditioning and a built-in generator offer us extra independence. We were looking for a pleasant atmosphere and the technology to create the rough cut in the vehicle itself during the interview situations. The finished mobile studio van convinces me a lot, and Broadcast Solutions understood and implemented our ideas very well within the KOKO (German abbreviation for communication and conflict) media truck.”

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