News Gathering - OB-Truck

When it comes to coverage of important planned events, coverage from several scenes and many angles where a studio set up is required, broadcasters are bringing their Outside Broadcasting (OB) vans. This is a highly equipped studio on wheels with a sophisticated control room where the Director and Stage Manager need to coordinate between several cameramen covering multiple and sometimes overlapping coverage zones.

The Challenges:

  • Massive/Wide areas of coverage with overlapping coverage zones.
  • Outdoors and open air activities take place in wide and large areas where spectators want to see every move at every corner. For doing that, cameras need to be almost everywhere, covering all angles, meeting the challenge of overlapping coverage zones.
  • Physical obstacles such as trees and buildings.
  • Range limitations.
  • Broadcast network coordination.

ABonAir Solution:

ABonAir offers the perfect solution based on the deployment of its Fiber Based Antenna (FCE) with Multizone coverage, and Daisy-Chain Antennas, including indoor/outdoor coverage based on layout of the venue.

This solution offers a single-mode (or multi-mode) fiber infrastructure to connect multi-antenna sites back to a single receiver, located in the Control Room or OB-Trucks.

Solution includes full Camera Control (RCP) for paint/shading etc., just the same as with wired cameras and also Tally, IFB and Intercom, all combined with high-quality video compression for best picture quality, utilizing H.264.

We recommend the AB512 for these applications with the Intercom and Multizone package for best coverage of multiple areas.