Vision View invests in HD OB trailer
SOUTH AFRICA: Broadcast services provider Vision View Productions has invested in Gearhouse Broadcast’s OBLite live production HD OB trailer. Vision View’s first use of OBLite was for a local basketball tournament in South Africa, but it will mainly be used for live rugby and football coverage.
The OBLite trailer supports six to eight cameras, houses a seven- to eight-person production and operation crew and features a production gallery, audio workstations and an engineering control area. It features an end-to-end live HD production workflow and is kitted out with eight Hitachi cameras, including seven SK-HD1200 cameras and a SK-HD1500 slow motion camera, a Ross Video Carbonite vision mixer, Studer Vista 1 audio mixer, an EVS XT2 six channel server and Marshall video monitors, along with full talkback capabilities.
‘We were looking for a flexible, mid-sized OB that could be parked anywhere. We looked at the smaller OB vans but they didn’t quite match our needs, but OBLite fitted the bill,’ said Mafadi Mpuru, managing director at Vision View. ‘One of the main considerations for us was having zero compromise on quality. Also any investment had to be something with up to date technology that we can use for more than just a few years. Gearhouse Broadcast delivered a solution that was cost effective but met all of our requirements.’
‘Vision View covers a range of live sports events, including many at smaller venues. OBLite is designed for exactly this type of application and will give them the flexibility they need without any compromise on image quality,’ said Nigel Haniff, account manager at Gearhouse Broadcast. ‘With OBLite we’ve targeted a very specific gap in the market. By offering customers like Vision View a trailer that offers the full range of OB functionality we’re providing a flexible solution that’s ideal for covering a wide range of events in a very cost effective way.’