Broadcast Solutions builds new OB for Supersport in South Africa

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Broadcast Solutions has delivered a new outside broadcast truck, known as IP1, to Supersport. Thanks to South Africa’s traffic regulations, the new truck is probably one of the largest outside broadcast vehicle ever built: the trailer is 16m long, 4.3m high and 2.6m wide while travelling, 5m when expanded.

The added size means that Broadcast Solutions have been able to create unprecedented production power in a single vehicle, while still retaining a very comfortable working environment. Production facilities include a Sony XVS 9000 4 M/E switcher, a 64 fader Calrec Artemis audio mixer, and space for as many as 14 EVS replay operators. The truck is wired for 30 cameras, including Sony 3500 Ultra HD, 5500 super-motion and 4800 ultra-motion cameras. Internal connectivity uses SMPTE ST2110 throughout. Imagine Communications SNPs provide SDI/IP conversion as well as video processing.

Overall control throughout the truck uses the hi human interface system developed by Broadcast Solutions. This is an extremely powerful control layer, providing auto discovery and auto configuration of all the systems, and a very intuitive user environment which makes for fast, secure and accurate set-ups and transitions. Broadcast Solutions recently retro-fitted hi to two other OB units at Supersport.

The new truck was built in Broadcast Solutions’ workshops in Bingen am Rhein, Germany, then driven under special permission to Hamburg for sea transfer to South Africa.


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