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Ekstraklasa Live Park’s New UHD/4K and HDR-Ready OB Van by Broadcast Solutions

Ekstraklasa Live Park, host broadcaster for Polish premier football league Ekstraklasa, will add a new UHD/4K/HDR OB Van to their fleet, to produce the matches of the Polish league from the beginning of 2019.

The OB Van is designed and built by system integrator Broadcast Solutions together with partner NEP. The 16-camera outside broadcast truck, currently in deployment at Broadcast Solutions’ headquarters in Germany, can be seen at IBC Show at outdoor stand O.E02.

With the new OB Van Live Park takes the next step in updating its production fleet and moving forward to UHD and HDR. The new truck is the second unit delivered by Broadcast Solutions, after initial delivery of a Streamline S12 HD OB Van in 2015.

Marcin Serafin, COO at Live Park, comments: “Essential requirements for building a new OB Van are the coming changes towards remote production workflows and IP-connectivity. Additionally, viewers show a growing demand for higher resolution we have to address. Due to its future-driven approach and innovative toolset we are sure the OB Van fulfils our expectations – now and in the future.”

The OB Van leverages the latest technology to ensure for a seamless and simultaneous SDR/HDR and HD/UHD production workflow. To advance productions for HDR content Grass Valley’s LDX 86N 4K cameras are upgraded with perpetual HDR licenses. For conversion and HDR-processing, Live Park and Broadcast Solutions opted for AJA solutions. Ten FS-HDR units handle HDR remapping and SDR conversion.

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In today’s live production environments with their growing demand for interconnectivity, collaborative/multisite workflows and IP-connected productions it is vital to have the most flexible and reliable tools at hand. To meet all these challenges and to deliver Ekstraklasa Live Park with a future-proof production unit, Broadcast Solutions deployed a proven set of equipment offering more flexible interconnectivity capabilities and using IP-based or enabled audio and video bridging devices. For audio and video processing Broadcast Solutions implemented Riedel’s MediorNet solution, based on MetroN Core Routers, MicroN I/Os and MicroN multiviewer devices, as a decentralised signal routing and distribution backbone.

Further on the unit is equipped with EVS’ newest live production server generation XT-VIA plus LSM Connect and XFile3. The fully networked EVS eco-system enables multisite and collaborative workflows. With its external stage boxes, equipped with Riedel MicroNs, Lawo I/Os and DirectOut bridging devices the new OB Van is ready for the most demanding production purposes.

See the new Ekstraklasa Live Park OB Van in action at IBC Show Amsterdam between 14 – 18 September. The Broadcast Solutions stand is located outside O.E02.

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