Hitachi to showcase new OB concept at Cabsat
UAE: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey will unveil its new OB van concept at Cabsat. The company has created OB-Box, a fully featured modular OB facility which is delivered to the customer and then mounted onto a vehicle’s chassis using a proprietary fixing kit.
The OB-Box comes in three different configurations which support four, eight and 12 production cameras. There is also the option of a booth side extension and an ability to connect two OB-Box units in a cascade configuration which facilitates many different sizes of OB unit up to 20 camera mobile facilities. According to Hitachi, this approach ‘significantly reduces the manufacture and delivery time in any market worldwide’.
Each OB-Box is specified, designed and manufactured at Hitachi’s Istanbul-based facility. The unit provides all of the video, audio, transmission and infrastructure capabilities needed to create a stand-alone outside broadcast facility. The technical specification of the unit is such that it will reportedly support any broadcast signal from serial digital to HD and 4K production.
‘The OB-Box is such a simple concept but it requires tremendous knowledge and experience to implement,’ said Cemal Yilmaz, general manager of Hitachi Kokusai Turkey. ‘It is the result of a major development initiative at our Istanbul headquarters and the customer response we have seen so far indicates that this elegant 4K OB facility will create waves in many countries worldwide.’