Moroccan state broadcaster gets new OB van

RTM's new OB vehicle, fully integrated by Moroccan systems integrator, Sofratev-Maroc, will be used primarily to cover football events in the country and the activities of the royal family.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 16, 2005

Radio Télévision Marocaine (RTM) will take delivery of a new outside broadcasting (OB) vehicle later this month. The vehicle, which is being fully integrated by Moroccan systems integrator, Sofratev-Maroc, will be used primarily to cover football events in the country and the activities of the royal family. The vehicle has been fitted with six E-30P cameras and CCUs from Sony, the GrassValley Digital video mixer, Panacea from Leitch, converters, distributors and synchronisers from Miranda, the DM-1000 audio mixer from Yamaha, microphones from Sennheiser, and TFT video monitors and digital intercom systems from Kroma Telecom. “The installation and integration will be over by the end of this month,” says Mohammed Mejdoub, technical director of Sofratev-Maroc. This OB van will use only TFT monitors. According to Juan Cortes, EMEA sales manager of Kroma Telecom, TFT monitors are preferred in OB vehicles because they take up less space and are lighter. “But our Kroma TFT monitors have other advantages as well,” he says. “One is the response time, which is only ten milliseconds for our monitors. This is perfect for sports coverage, which involves many quick pans and other movements. It is also ideal for news because you now get readable scrolls with these monitors. Secondly, our maximum viewing angle allows all operators to view the monitor and not just the person seated directly in front of the screen.” Kroma claims the monitors RTM is using pose no linearity and convergence errors. “Forget about colour drift,” says Cortes. “LM5009, for example, has a resolution of 1024x768 (with zero dead pixels). Also, they have computer input, audio de-embedder and can be controlled remotely. This is ideal for bigger monitoring panels,” he adds. RTM will also be using Kroma digital intercom. This system will facilitate the communications between the users (panels and beltpacks) and external telephone lines (PSTN, GSM, ISDN). Up to eight configurations can be stored, uploaded and downloaded from a computer or a floppy disk. RTM will also be using Kroma Wireless Beltpacks. Each of these works autonomously from the rest. They can each receive individual orders from the director. “Everyone speaking or listening to everyone is a thing of the past,” says Cortes. “They follow the international standard DECT protocol (1,9GHz), so interferences and noises of the traditional UHF/VHF frequency band systems are avoided. Coverage extends up to 250-300m in open spaces, so it is ideal for basic events and studios,” adds Cortes.

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