SuperSport’s new HD OB van

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Sony South Africa Broadcast & Professional Division has been awarded a contract to supply SuperSport Outside Broadcast Division with another new 28-camera HD OB van, similar to the recently completed OB6 HD.

The new OB van, which will feature the latest in HD technology, is due to be ready for use mid 2012.

“This will be a replacement van for our ageing OB4, an SD van,’ says Johan van Tonder, Technical Operations manager, SuperSport Outside Broadcast Division. “Not only will it replace a van with older technology, but it is also in keeping with our quest to keep abreast, if not ahead, of technology internationally and to ensure that our offering is comparable to the best the world has to offer.’

The equipment list is not finalised as yet, however long order time items include the Calrec audio and Sony MVS video mixer desks.

“While similar in construction and design to our existing flagship van OB6,’ continues Van Tonder, “the new van will feature extended fully expandable sides allowing for more interior space.’

The coachwork is currently underway at ASGB in Colchester. Once complete the van will be equipped at Sony Basingstoke, UK, before its three-week sea voyage to South Africa.

“Upon arrival we will “try it out’ on smaller productions before it goes into full blown service – in all probability on the next rugby test series in June / July 2012,’ concludes Van Tonder.

SCREENAFRICA Print Magazine – November 2011 (view here)

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