German broadcast production company HD BROADCAST presents its new UHD 2 OB van, which is now the new main production tool of the company. In close cooperation with HD BROADCAST, Broadcast Solutions planned and built the 30-camera UHD / HDR OB truck. The mobile production tool is unique in many respects. The vehicle construction, the technical planning, the workflow concept, the design and the overall interior layout are adapted to the customer’s wishes down to the smallest detail. Broadcast Solutions and HD BROADCAST planned the OB van from scratch.
The new UHD 2 is currently one of the largest OBs available in Germany. The OB unit can work with a maximum of 30 cameras (UHD / HDR) and with an interior space of around 60 m2, the OB van offers up to 28 staff members a spacious and relaxed working environment. The vehicle uses a multi-format production system based on 4K / 3G-SDI Quad Link / HD / HDR formats. HD BROADCAST’s new flagship is designed as a trailer with three extensions covering the complete trailer length, thus providing two full control rooms, many engineering and slomo workstations and VIP workplaces. A third control room is available with the support van.
As impressive the dimensions, as enormous is the technical effort. The vehicle houses 10 EVS VIA servers, located under the desk of control room 1 – fully air-conditioned and soundproofed. The vast dimensions and large number of equipment are also reflected in the technical figures. Broadcast Solutions technicians installed around 70 km of cable, over 400 RU of rack space and 23 cable trays in the trailer. As a further speciality and to increase the customer’s production safety, UHD 2 is equipped with a UPS unit, which ensures 15 minutes of autonomous operation of the complete OB in case of a power failure.
Constantin Novotny, CTO and CEO of HD BROADCAST comments on the new OB van and its evolution: “The initial planning provided for a rather tight schedule of 10 months for the construction of the UHD 2. We have a long-lasting business relationship with Broadcast Solutions, and I was sure that Broadcast Solutions would be able to deliver such an ambitious and unusual project to my satisfaction, even within the short time available. In close cooperation and coordination, we have completed a truly unique production vehicle that will attract a lot of attention in Europe, I am sure.”
Another unique feature is the design of the OB truck. The overarching goal in the design and interior planning was to make working in the UHD 2 as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Meeting this requirement was the primary consideration when planning the interior concept, the workflows, the interior and exterior design, the materials used and the lighting concept. Simultaneously with the commissioning of the new UHD 2, HD BROADCAST chose a new corporate design, which is repeatedly taken up in various elements of the OB van.
Constantin Novotny from HD BROADCAST developed the basic design ideas, and they were refined and integrated into the vehicle together with the Broadcast Solutions design team. Many detailed solutions ensure a pleasant working atmosphere and shorter set-up times. Even fully occupied, there is enough space to move inside the vehicle without crowding.
Electrically moveable tables and slomo spots, electrical windows to the in- and outside to change brightness or electrically moveable doors provide additional comfort. The air condition settings, and lighting mood and type, can be adjusted in every room to meet the team member’s individual preferences. The new corporate design and the new HD BROADCAST logo are reflected in many details within the OB truck. The ambience of the workplaces, the interior lighting, cut-outs for the air condition, the shape of the windows and desks or underfloor boxes play with the company’s new design elements.
UHD 2 from HD BROADCAST will see its maiden voyage at the start of the German Football Association cup matches, season 2020/2021.
Information, pictures and videos about HD BROADCAST’s UHD 2 can be found on the Broadcast Solutions website at www.broadcast-solutions.de
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