Vision View future with Gearhouse OBLIte

South African broadcast services provider Vision View Productions has invested in OBLite, the compact HD OB trailer from Gearhouse Broadcast launched at IBC2013. Vision View’s van features a live HD production workflow and is kitted out with eight Hitachi cameras channels, a Ross Carbonite vision mixer, Studer Vista audio mixer, EVS XT2 six channel server and Marshall video monitors. Vision View’s first use of OBLite was for a local basketball tournament in South Africa, but the trailer will mainly be used for its live rugby and football coverage.

“We were looking for a flexible, mid-sized OB that could be parked anywhere. We looked at the smaller OB vans but they didn’t quite match our needs, however OBLite fitted the bill,” said Mafadi Mpuru, managing director at Vision View. “One of the main considerations for us was having zero compromise on quality. Also any investment had to be something with up to date technology that we can use for more than just a few years. Gearhouse Broadcast delivered a solution that was cost effective but met all of our requirements.”

The OBLite trailer supports six to eight cameras, houses a seven- to eight-person production and operation crew. It offers low power consumption, ergonomic design and features a production gallery, audio workstations and an engineering control area.

“Vision View covers a range of live sports events, including many at smaller venues. OBLite is designed for exactly this type of application and will give them the flexibility they need without any compromise on image quality,” said Nigel Haniff, account manager at Gearhouse Broadcast. “With OBLite we’ve targeted a very specific gap in the market.”

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