HD Outside Broadcast Truck for Studio Pre-Record

The project

Australia's Seven Network Productions was aiming for a hit in 2016 with new show, The Big Music Quiz. The network sought a cost-efficient Outside Broadcast (OB) unit kitted out with state-of-the art equipment specifically tailored to meet the unique requirements of the show's format. The unit needed to be comfortable for operators housed within it meanwhile the system had to be durable and reliable, with back up options available in case of unexpected issues with recordings.

The Service

Seven Network Productions chose to rely on global production solutions provider Gearhouse Broadcast to supply a OB solution it could count on. World renowned for its OB solutions, Gearhouse Broadcast Australia has a fleet of OB trucks featuring efficient layouts that provide larger working areas and deliver more processing power. All are equipped with the most advanced HD and 4K technology available and are fully customisable.

Seven Network Productions settled on the HD-10 to accommodate all of its particular production requirements. A key part of Gearhouse Broadcast's service was to integrate a 'Spot On' (touch screen) audio playback system. Another major integration was the live interaction required between the ‘Games Control’ software and hardware, as this was key when it came to enabling the host and celebrity guests to interact.

The Approach

HD-10 is a purpose-built, ergonomically designed, single-expanding side semi-trailer with vast amounts of internal space. For “The Big Music Quiz” HD-10 was kitted out with the latest high performance technology, including: 10 Hitachi SK-HD 1200 cameras and a Sony VMU & Probel router including audio embedding.  All ISO records were passed through a 10Gb network via 3 x X-Files and stored onto JBOD NAS drives, which were dismounted after each record and delivered to Post House for ingest. Further services included FOH audio integration with Norwest providing the facilities. This was not only for the studio PA but additionally, each episode contained a live music performance which needed mixing and the ISO recording for post. Secondary ISO recordings made purely as a back up were streamed through ‘Boom Record’ as WAV and independently stored on a HDD with time-code for easy editing. For outstanding communications with a discreet line to the host a Reidel Comms matrix integrated with UHF Duplex & Simplex Bases was selected. A 500KVA generator was onsite and across the changeover switch for full redundancy to the entire production, in risk mitigation of the production being impacted in the event of a full loss of mains power to the entire site.

Experience

Producers of high-profile televised events worldwide trust broadcast solutions provider and systems integrator Gearhouse Broadcast to provide the bespoke broadcast solutions they need. A leading Outside Broadcast (OB) facilities provider all around the world, in Australia, the company's fleet of trucks is kept busy with major sports events such as Super 15 Rugby and V8 Supercars, music concerts, like Madonna's “Rebel Heart” show, news and current affairs events, entertainment shows, studio productions and reality TV shows, such as “X Factor”. With unrivalled industry knowledge and specialist skills, the team at Gearhouse Broadcast is able to offer and customise technology from the world's leading broadcast technology manufacturers. Crewing is tailored, from a minimum guarantee staff, to a fully-crewed operation, ensuring a professional end result. Gearhouse Broadcast is also renowned for its expertise in Project Solutions, Event Communications Systems, Integration and dry hire equipment rental.

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