BBH chooses ToolsOnAir for mobile broadcast solution
Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 14-05-2012
Broadcast equipment rental and sales company Best Broadcast Hire (BBH) has unveiled a mobile broadcast solution based around ToolsOnAir's just: Broadcast Suite of multichannel ingest and playback tools for video broadcast professionals.
Constructed by the local BBH team in Dubai, the Shooter6 OB Van was designed to address the requirements of Middle East markets by delivering a compact mobile broadcasting and graphics solution able to accommodate multiple coverage tasks from news to sporting events.
"Traditionally, mobile units are designed and assembled in Europe and then delivered directly to customers on location," explained Anders Frandsen, project manager at BBH. "With this project we wanted to design a mobile solution that would take into account the distinctive needs and environment in the Middle East, so we allowed our team in Dubai to lead the project from concept to completion. Their experience and first-hand knowledge was absolutely critical to the success of this build."
Achieving a relatively compact size that could even navigate crowded city streets was just one design goal for the BBH team, according to Austrian technology company ToolsOnAir. Far more challenging was keeping interior of the OB Van cool while ensuring that the on-board system would be able to withstand severe desert environments where sand and unpaved roads can wreak havoc on more complex and cumbersome solutions. From the early planning stages it was clear that a simple, streamlined system offering a lot of versatility would be the formula for success.
The BBH team quickly identified the most suitable solution: by combining ToolsOnAir's just:live playback and real time graphics software with an Apple Mac Mini, they created a compact but powerful solution facilitating the range of tasks from video play out and real-time graphics, to inserts, tickers and RSS feeds - accessible through just:live's timeline-based user interface.
The OB Van which is equipped with 6 Sony HXC100 HD cameras had its first official trial in mid-February 2012 at JBR, Dubai, where it provided production services for a top flight MMA competition before making its way to its official debut at Dubai's Cabsat Expo.