Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) September 2017 Volume 34, Issue 7 - Page 30

30 September 2017 IP-equipped OB vans ready to hit the road live Argosy expands power management portfolio Argosy has expanded its portfolio of power management solutions following the signing of an agreement with IPE to distribute the latter’s eMU power distribution units (PDUs) into Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). All IPE’s eMU units can be daisy-chained together to provide up to 48 outputs via a single IP connection, allowing users to install the power distribution solution in educational facilities, houses of worship, pre- and post-production facilities, as well as outside broadcasting (OB) vehicles. Timecode Systems offers UltraSync One Timecode Systems has introduced UltraSync One, the latest addition to its range of timecode generators and transceivers. Measuring 55mm x 44mm x 17mm, UltraSync One weighs 39g and offers a battery life of more than 25 hours, in order to provide “hassle-free” sync even on the longest shooting days, according to Timecode Systems. The company added that UltraSync One is the “only product in the world” of its size and price point to have a genlock and world clock sync ouput, in addition to timecode. Next Month @ Distribution Satellite Newsgathering PANELLISTS Dr Ali R Ebadi Advisor Board of Directors Measat Satellite Systems Martin Coleman Executive Director Satellite Interference Reduction Group Amitabh Kumar Director, Corporate Zee Network With IP technology being increasingly adopted in outside broadcast (OB) vans, the live broadcast set-ups demand new approaches in terms of workflows and design. Josephine Tan discovers how OBs have evolved following the implementation of IP-based solutions. A n outside broadcast (OB) van is fundamen- tally a mobile broadcast studio. Housing all the equipment needed to produce and deliver a live event — such as cameras, routers, switchers and multi­viewers — within a vehicle, OB vans continue to act as a valuable tool for broadcasters in ensuring the coverage of local and on-set productions. In OB 4, the latest addition to the fleet of OB vans operated by Italian production company NVP, the triple-expanding truck has enabled the company to accommodate multi-format productions in SD, HD, 4K/ Ultra HD (UHD), standard dynamic range (SDR) and high dynamic range (HDR). At the heart of OB 4’s audio system are a pair of Lawo’s mc 2 56 production consoles, a Nova router and DALLIS in- terfaces. Completing the features needed in the broadcast production workflow is Lawo’s virtual studio manager (VSM) and the V__pro8 eight-channel video process- ing units, which are fitted in a compact 1RU housing. Together, the audio consoles and VSM have empowered NVP to manage multi-format operation across a variety of productions. This includes Italy’s Serie A football league matches produced in 4K/UHD, concerts and musical events. The OB van has also been deployed for conference coverage, including the G7 Summit 2017 in Taormina, Sicily, Italy