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Fast, Reliable, Effortless Next Generation Live Production

When you are going live you only have one chance to get it right. We build and maintain our kits to make sure that everything ‘just works’, giving you one less thing to worry about when it needs to be on air.

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Outside Broadcasting no job too small.

You may not be aware, but Videocraft regularly provide small to large scale Outside Broadcast (OB) systems for a variety of applications. We have small simple to operate desk top systems through to systems that can cater for large multi camera events. From two cameras to 15 or more, in the past few years Videocraft has provided OB facilities for webcasts, Church conferences, live concerts, major live to air sporting events and even an Endoscopy conference! Our approach to OB systems is to take proven gear and build it into robust, failsafe and easy to use systems using our in house technicians and expertise. We understand the need for bulletproof performance especially in a live to air environment and build the redundancies in our systems accordingly. Currently all our systems are in a ‘flypack’ configuration, with purpose built road casing and production furniture. The advantages of a flypack over an OB truck are clear: We can fit into venues where a truck could not fit, and secondly we can customise the equipment on a job by job basis, rather than it being a case of ‘you get what’s in the truck’. Our desktop OB gear has been designed so someone with minimal experience can set it up and get pictures out of it, however we have engineering staff ready and waiting to come out on the job and make it happen for you if you prefer.

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Meet our Mobile Production Centre

So you need something bigger? Videocraft are known for supplying desktop flypack solutions, however our latest offering is much more than just an OB truck. The Videocraft MPC is a multi-purpose workspace that can be optimised for a range of needs in live event broadcasting. With minimal reconfiguration, the MPC can bea powerful compact 6 camera live broadcast truck, multi-seat mobile edit truck, with complete file-based integration to any OB truck int he country, or a large scale EVS recording, playout and workflow management nerve centre for reality TV and large scale sporting events.

General Specifications:

Power: 1x 32 Amp 3 phase inlet, with UPS protection
A/C: Reverse cycle air conditioning, multiple units
Vehicle Dimensions: Total Height: 3.95m, Total Length: 8.8m, Total Width: 2.5m
TARE: 6820
Towing Capacity: 2800kg

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OB Configuration

ob-configKey Equipment Specifications

Vision Mixer: Sony MVS 6000 32 input, 24 out 2.5ME Switcher with CCP6224 2ME Panel. 4 keyers, 2 resizers for ME row, 2 channel DME, format converter and colour correction options included
Audio: Yamaha QL1 desk with auto mix capability. Yamaha DME 64N audio processor. Analogue, AES MADI and Dante network audio interfacing
Comms: RTS ADAM-M with Omneo and analogue interfaces
Production: Two tier production, five positions
Camera System: 6 x Sony HDC 2400, plus POV options
Monitoring: 2 x Evertz VIPA16DUO, plus quad split units
EVS/VTR: up to 2 x EVS XT3, 2 x PDWHD1500 XDCAM
Engineering: Ross 72 x 72 HD-SDI router, OpenGear signal distribution
Processing: Lawo V-Pro8, AJA FS2

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EVS Configuration

evs-configKey Equipment Specifications

Server: Multiple EVS XT3 8 channel ingest/playout servers with IP Director. EVS LSM Connect available. Multiple EVS XT Access servers with removeable drive caddies. EVS Xfile 3 with drive caddies. All systems customized to suit your needs and budget.
Editing Facilities: Two Avid Media Composer Mojo DX seats on HP PC platform, 64TB ISIS 5500 shared EVS Nearline /Avid edit storage with Interplay Production asset management.Complete EVS/ Avid integration for ingest and playout. Optional Adobe Creative Cloud Suite available. Full range of effects plugins available.
Audio: Yamaha DME 64N Audio processor with Analogue, Dante and AES interfaces
Comms: RTS ADAM-M with Omneo and analogue interfaces
KVM Matrix: Avocent HMX matrix for complete assignment of facilities to any control location
Monitoring: Sony LMDA220, PVM1741 OLED monitors
VTR: up to 2 x PDWHD1500 XDCAM
Engineering: Ross 72×72 HD SDI Router, OpenGear signal distribution
Processing: Lawo V-Pro8, AJA FS2
Power: 1 x 32 Amp 3 phase inlet, with UPS protection

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EDIT Configuration

edit-configKey Equipment Specifications

Editing Facilities: 5 Avid Media Composer Mojo DX seats on HP PC platform, 64TB ISIS 5500 shared edit storage with Interplay Production asset management. More edit suites can be connected externally. Complete EVS/Avid integration for ingest and playout. Adobe Creative Cloud Suite available. Full range of effects plugins available
Server: EVS XT3 ingest/playout server with IP Director EVS XT Access server with removeable drive caddies
Audio: Yamaha DME 64N audio processor with analogue, Dante and AES interfaces
Comms: RTS ADAM-M with Omneo and analogue interfaces
KVM Matrix: Avocent HMX matrix for complete assignment of facilities to any control location
Monitoring: Sony LMDA220, PVM1741 OLED monitors
EVS/VTR: up to 2 x EVS XT3, 2 x PDWHD1500 XDCAM
Engineering: Ross 72 x 72 HD-SDI Router, OpenGear signal distribution
Processing: Lawo V-Pro8, AJA FS2

Note: This is a suggested Edit Configuration only. All of our systems are customised to suit your workflow requirements

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Multi-Camera Workflows supported by the Industry’s Best EVS Servers

One area that we are extremely passionate about is tapeless recording of these events for future editing. The backbone of these jobs are our EVS Server systems. Everyone knows EVS as the industry standard for live slow motion replay for sports events, however Videocraft have spent years perfecting a lightning fast workflow for capturing multi camera events and production on to EVS, then pushing the files straight into the editing environment. On larger live events, this means very fast turnaround from the live action to edited packages for replays, play ons and play offs. For a smaller event such as a music concert or conference, this means clients are able to walk away immediately at the end of the event with editable video files on a hard drive, eliminating the need for ingesting off physical media. This presents a massive cost saving in time and media costs. We have recently been working closely with EVS on an extension to their server systems called Directors Cut. This system produces further production efficiencies buy speeding up the process of fixing bad switch points from the vision mixer during the edit. At SMPTE 2013 Videocraft was selected by EVS to turnkey this solution on the show floor for demonstration.

Innovating Live OBs using Large Sensor Cameras

Another area that Videocraft have been pioneering is multicamera live OB’s using the latest generation of large sensor cameras. For music concerts or drama production, a super 35mm sensor camera brings a truly cinematic feel to the look of the images. Plenty of people have covered these events ‘iso recording’ in multiple cameras. Videocraft have developed systems offering the efficiencies of a multi camera OB with the large sensor look: camera (CCU) control, full lens control, and file based recording to EVS. The tools are now available to take this kind of production beyond HD to 4K resolution, so for an extra special event where supreme quality and future proofing are a high consideration, Videocraft have the gear to make this happen.

Give us a call or drop us an email if you want to know more.

 

 

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