6636_10928114960 If there is an event happening that can not be shot inside a studio, then an Outside Broadcasting , or OB, crew and van is called in. Sports events, live functions, indoor concerts and performances are all covered using OB facilities. And this type of production forms the basis of the majority of locally produced airtime.

An OB Van is essentially a mobile studio. Cameras, vision control, sound mixing, vision mixing and everything else needed to produce a television production are all housed within one vehicle. Once again, all equipment is broadcast quality with the van being used in numerous broadcast programmes.

Unlike studio work where the director can re-take a shot if necessary, OBs are live, edge-of-the-seat productions. Everything, from sound, to visuals, special effects, graphics and commentary are recorded to tape, as it happens. This is a highly charged environment, where split-second timing can make or break the production.

Our OB Van is equipped as follows:

4 Triax Hitachi 3500 14 bit, SDI digital cameras with OCPs
Data Video SE900 SDI Vision Mixer
Compix Caption Generator
Playback/Record formats including VCR: DV, DVCAM, DVD and full HD on hard disc
2 X Sony DSR 1000 slo-mos
16 Channel Audio Desk
Matrix Clear Comms System
Commentator’s module and wireless Floor Manager and Prompt comms
Mains generator