On the Road: New Alternatives for Outside Broadcast Vans

Blackmagic Design Digital Rapids Split - H 2013
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Blackmagic Design Digital Rapids Split - H 2013

As live broadcasting and streaming continue to become more advanced -- as well as more portable -- we're seeing inventive alternatives to the outside broadcast vans that typically are parked at sports arenas or other event sites.

Among the latest to hit the road is the “@-car” from German production services provider nobeo (above, right).

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This compact production vehicle offers gear for broadcasting plus live online streaming. The heart of the system is a StreamZ Live encoder from Digital Rapids, which takes the live HD source feed and creates multiple output streams in a variety of resolutions, bit rates and formats for live OTT delivery as well as VOD assets.

Meanwhile, Nimb TV -- a broadcast production startup in Denmark -- has rolled out an Ultra HD (4K) capable production system contained in a three-wheeler moped.

This one is built around Blackmagic Design’s Ultra HD products, including its ATEM Production Studio 4K and Blackmagic Audio Monitor.

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It’s aimed at clients from independent filmmakers to national broadcasters, and its first project was the "boot camp" section of the next season of Denmark’s version of The X Factor.