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Life live beyond the Premier League by Kieron Seth I n Europe outside broadcast has traditionally been within the reach of a handful of deep- pocketed television companies. Across the Atlantic, small OB vans have been popular for years with niche, regional news crews beaming state pie eating competitions to eager viewers. With the advent of Local TV and low-cost fast turnaround production in the UK, has the time finally arrived for affordable OB? Big Bucks OB Typically, outside broadcast trucks are built and equipped at huge cost. With extending panels and environmentally controlled full service production suites, OB takes full television facilities into the field. Expensively designed, they deliver results equal to any TV centre. These exclusive vehicles are designed for specific purposes; it can be awkward to integrate new technology or modify their capabilities. Upgrade a 1080i HD truck to 1080p 3G or stereoscopic specification might mean a major refit. The transition to tapeless workflows or the shift to flat screen monitors are both significant undertakings for OB installers. The need for Local TV Consequently, in Europe, OB has been the domain of the national or global broadcaster, used to record and transmit high value content – the royal jubilee, Wimbledon or parliamentary elections – that can re-pay the massive initial investment in technology. Where does this leave the corporate producer looking to cover a shareholder meeting? Or a tour manager covering a music festival? Or a non-league football club looking for a versatile TV solution that is affordable, simple to operate and designed for flexible use. Instant television and AV facilities - anywhere At BVE 2013, Datavideo unveiled the new MS-3000 Portable Production Unit. It is the solution that finally democratizes outside broadcast technology. Wheeled, cased, modular and flexible, users can produce from the vehicle or roll the unit out into any space – indoor or out – to create an instant studio. The MS-3000 is a modular system that delivers full-spread high definition television facilities in any location. It’s garnered interest from the likes of houses of worship, local TV stations and touring events companies. The one core element that forms the basis of every solution is the SE-3000 vision mixer and production switcher. This unit has up-to 16 video inputs – HD or SD – as well as extensive 3D DVE transitions, a high quality multi- view preview output, chromakey, picture in picture and a full-size control panel keyboard. It is ready for mixed resolution environments, featuring SD-HD up-conversion for 8 inputs and supports SDI, HDMI, DVI and analogue connections. Ergonomically laid out with user-friendly buttons, faders and joystick, its tactile surface is designed to be a nimble interface for producers working under pressure. Other core components of the PPU include a crew communication intercom system that links camera operators, the production desk and director. A power distribution module supplies all rack equipment centrally and safely. “The great thing about this new solution is that it is modular and inter- changeable. It’s based on the powerful SE-3000 broadcast vision mixer but users can specify racks and monitors to suit their precise needs. It is a perfect match with today’s low cost, high quality, production on the run philosophy.” Said Allan Leonhardsen of Holdan, the UK Datavideo distributor. 64 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY075MAR13.indd 64 11/03/2013 16:52