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Chelsea player awards see debut for Video Europe’s 16-camera outside broadcast truck, built by WTS

14 May 2014

16-camera, double-expanding OB truck

Video Europe’s newest outside broadcast vehicle – a 16-camera, double expanding truck built by WTS – has carried out its first production at Chelsea FC’s Player of the Year awards in London.

And hot on the heels of the 26-tonne vehicle’s debut outing, the two companies have agreed a £1.35m project for WTS to build a further vehicle – an eight-camera OB truck – and a fly-pack, Video Europe’s second, as part of the film and broadcast equipment rental company’s ongoing expansion.

Having covered Chelsea’s end-of-season awards ceremony at their Stamford Bridge ground on Monday 12 May, the new 16-camera truck next heads to Monaco for Marcor International’s production of the World Music Awards on 27 May.

Video Europe 16-camera OB truck at Chelsea football ground from WTSBroadcast on Vimeo.

WTS systems engineers offer technical support on outside broadcast

WTS engineers were working with Video Europe on both productions to offer technical support during the handover period – with six Sony HDC-2500 channels and one EVS XT3 being rigged for Chelsea, and 12 channels and two EVS for Monaco.

The Mercedes Benz Axor truck also boasts a Sony MVS-7000X vision mixer and OLED monitors, a 3G Miranda NVISION 8500 Series hybrid router, Miranda 3G digital glue, a Calrec Omega digital audio console, a Kaleido modular multi-viewer, and Tektronix waveform vector-scopes. WTS delivered an 18-tonne support vehicle at the same time.

“The new truck has enabled us to meet our clients’ needs and to win jobs.”

– Steve Green, Video Europe

Steve Green, Managing Director of Video Europe, said that the truck was already paying dividends, having been built with the intention of helping clients to go after bigger jobs.

“The new truck has enabled us to meet our clients’ needs and to win the jobs – before we didn’t have a big enough vehicle for these kinds of production,” he explained.

WTS Video Europe 16-camera OB truck Sony MVS-3000 switcher

A Sony MVS-3000 switcher in the production gallery of Video Europe’s 16-camera OB truck

Successful OB truck build leads to further systems integration projects

Revealing the new deal with WTS, Mr Green continued: “We are so pleased with what WTS have done with this truck that we are now ordering a new eight-camera vehicle, as well as another fly-pack.”

Augmenting Video Europe’s existing fleet, the newly commissioned unit will offer a more compact solution, allowing clients to get into tighter spaces where larger vehicles cannot go, while maintaining the build quality of bigger trucks.

The fly-pack will help meet rising demand for Video Europe’s existing kit, built in late 2013. Both fly-packs will be used at the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in July and August.

Market-leading high-spec OB vehicle delivered

Speaking about the projects, Ben Murphy, Sales Director for WTS Group, said: “In building the 16-camera unit, we have delivered a market-leading, high-spec vehicle that we feel sure will meet the needs of the OB market. And we are delighted that Video Europe have chosen to commission these further projects, reflecting their confidence in our build quality and integration expertise.”

The new OB unit is due to be on the road in late 2014 and will be an HD truck capable of offering up to 10 camera channels, two EVS and six VTs. WTS will fit the vehicle with Sony production monitoring, a Sony MVS-3000 vision mixer, Evertz timing equipment and Miranda multi-viewer and distribution equipment. It will also have Snell video routing, Telex communications and Tektronix measurement equipment.

The fly-pack, meanwhile, will be capable of handling 24 camera channels, with two EVS also incorporated into the 11-rack HD system, which features a Grass Valley Karrera vision mixer, monitors by JVC, Marshall and NEC, and a Miranda NV-8000 series router.

The multi-viewer and distribution will also be provided by Miranda, with timing equipment by Trilogy and measurement from Harris. Audio and communications kit will include Sennheiser radio microphones and in-ear monitoring, a Yamaha M7CL audio mixer and Telex’s Adam M communications system with Omneo IP. All equipment will be supplied by WTS.