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KSA company uses broadcast cabin

Future Entertainment Works, a Saudi Arabian events management company, recently used a ‘broadcast cabin’ instead of the conventional OB van to cover and telecast the Islamic conference that was held earlier this year in the Kingdom.

Future Entertainment Works, a Saudi Arabian events management company, recently used a ‘broadcast cabin’ instead of the conventional OB van to cover and telecast the Islamic conference that was held earlier this year in the Kingdom. The broadcast cabin was built and integrated by Abu Dhabi-based systems integrator, Tek Signals, as an alternative to an OB van due to the very tight time schedule.

“Normally it takes about six to eight months to build and deliver a TV OB van,” says Tariq Raja, managing partner of Tek Signals. “But when the client approached us, we barely had a couple of months and it would have been impossible to meet their requirements. So we proposed a broadcast cabin as a makeshift arrangement. The client was happy to take it up; the event was covered well. They were so happy with it that they have now commissioned us to build an OB van for them,” he adds.

Tek Signals developed a well-insulated eight-camera ‘broadcast cabin’ complete with all facilities including Production Control (TV), Audio Control, Camera Control, Equipment Racks and so on. The cabin had a separate input/output bay consisting of mic inputs (XLR), audio in/out (XLR), video in/out (BNC), and Triax panel (Fisher) connectors.
“The cabin was well insulated acoustically & thermally. Two overhead AC split units kept the cabin and the equipment cool and provided the staff with a comfortable environment to work in,” adds Raja.

The cabin’s production area consists of a console that accommodates a Grass Valley Kayak DD 2 M/E digital Vision Mixer with 32 inputs with built-in DVE, and chroma key and 10 timed auxiliary busses. It is equipped with an audio mixer, character generator, camera control, Tektronix Genlock with auto changeover & WFM monitors as well as a Drake/Clear-com Easicom talkback system.

The monitoring bank in the cabin housed Panasonic TFT monitors with UMD & Tally. Three 42 RU racks were provided for the equipment and electronic frames. The cabin was given a false flooring to ensure that the wiring was tidy and well concealed. There is a dimmer control for ambient lighting conditions during the time of production to meet the lighting requirements inside the cabin.

Tek Signals also made provision for installing a 1.5 metre antenna and full SNG system for up-linking should the end user require it. “The broadcast cabin concept was so successful that we have now retained it at our facility in Abu Dhabi to give other customers with similar needs a quick alternative to an OB van,” adds Raja.

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