We’re having a fantastic summer! Not only has the sun been shining every day for weeks now (which is unheard of!), we’ve been travelling around the country providing our new state-of-the-art, bespoke 12-camera portable production unit (PPU) flyaway for some very cool outside broadcast (OB) jobs.
One of the great things about OB projects is that no two are alike. In the past month we’ve supplied our new multi-camera, OB solution to Eden Sessions TV for its spectacular headline Gary Barlow concert in Cornwall. The show kicked off Eden Sessions’ summer of live music events, which was recorded on 6th June and was broadcast on BBC One on Friday 13th July and is now available on BBC iPlayer. We also supplied a range OB services to ITV Daytime for This Morning Live at the NEC Birmingham. The popular show was filmed live on stage on the first day of the programme’s annual four-day shopping and lifestyle event, in front of a live audience of thousands.
Our 12-camera PPU flyaway is perfect for these types of projects as it provides a scalable unit for small-to-large scale HD and UHD outside broadcast and studio productions. It can be rigged or de-rigged in minutes, it’s built to the highest broadcast specification and it delivers a cost-effective solution providing all the tools required for a full-scale production without the need for an OB truck.
The flyaway works with either Sony system camera channels or ‘cine’ style cameras and features: a Ross Video Ultrix video and audio router; Ross Video openGear signal processing; a Ross Video Carbonite vision mixer; and full redundancy including uninterruptible power supplies. The unit, which builds upon our existing PPU flyaway facilities, provides clients with a full range of services for every outside broadcast and temporary studio requirement.