Sport helps take off in Lower Saxony

A few more details on the story we ran towards the end of March about Germany’s, highlighting the importance of sport at the regional level across Europe.

“ is a small regional television station in Lower Saxony in Germany,” explains the broadcaster’s Mediengestalter, Mathis Fuhs. “ was newly created by the NOZ Mediagroup, the newspaper publisher Grafschafter Nachrichten and the TV production company media factory owned by Alex Backers. It started broadcasting on the local cable network in October 2011, and produces a daily hour-long TV programme from Monday to Friday.”


The previous feature talked about how the broadcaster uses a Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Centre in the control room of its brand-new studio and a Slate 1000 Video Control Centre in its OB van, and one of the things that was immediately apparent was how important sport is at engaging viewers on a regional level.

“Sport is a very important part of our output,” confirms Fuhs. “Our sports show runs weekly and the main topics are soccer, ice hockey, handball and volleyball. With our OB Truck we frequently produce football games from the team SV Meppen, We also produce political events, shows and performances.”

Next to the Slate, the kit list for the three-camera OB truck reads as follows

–       Mikro videohub (Blackmagic Design)

–       two HyperDeck Studio disk recorder by (Blackmagic Design)

–       Routing switcher (12×1 express by Leitch)

–       Component Waveformmonitor (by Tektronix)

–       Ultrascope (by Blackmagic Design)

–       Mutec MC3.1 clock generator

–       3 CA-TX7P Cameras (by Sony)


–       Audiomixer (ZED 436 by Allen & Heath)

–       Midi processor (by Steinberg)

–       Two Compressors (one dbx by t.c. electric and the other is a cx2 by l.a. audio)

–       Digital noise eliminator by Roland

–       And last, but not least, a peakmeter (by RTW)


“Workflow is tapeless,” explains Fuhs. “We work with Panasonic AG-HPX171EJ, P2 HD-cards and record in SD. The weekly upcoming sports events are generally produced just by one single video journalist. Our VJ captures the footage on a Final Cut server and we use Final Cut Pro as the editing program. The OB Truck events are also produced as tapeless workflow on two SSD recorders from Blackmagic Design.”



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