Vision View to showcase its Gearhouse Broadcast built HD OB vehicle at Mediatech Africa

VV TruckAt Mediatech Africa 2017, South African services company Vision View Productions will showcase its new state-of-the-art, mid-sized OB truck. The vehicle was designed, built and integrated by Gearhouse Broadcast in the UK, and will be located on Vision View’s outside exhibit at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg throughout the show. Gearhouse Broadcast’s experienced systems integration team will also be on site to discuss a range of upcoming projects and highlight the importance of choosing the right SI partner.

The ten-camera mid-sized OB truck was recently delivered to Vision View and has mainly been used for live football, rugby and basketball productions. Using a locally sourced 26 tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros truck to meet South African fuel and emission regulations, Gearhouse Broadcast modelled the workflow as closely as possible to its OBLite trailer that Vision View purchased in 2014. The new vehicle is equipped with nine Hitachi HD-SK1200s and one Hitachi HD-SK1500 slow motion camera and Canon lenses as well as two Q-Ball point of view cameras.

Inside the spacious unit is a Ross Carbonite Black CB3X vision mixer, two EVS XT3 live production servers, a NewTek 3Play slow motion instant replay system and a 32 channel Studer Vista 1 audio console. It also offers discrete 5.1 surround sound audio through an extensive set of Sennheiser microphones including the Esfera SPM 8000 with SBP800, four MD 42s and six MKH 416s.

Mafadi Mpuru, managing director at Vision View said, “To put it simply, this new mid-sized truck from Gearhouse is beautiful. We’ve been delighted with the build quality, how well it performs and how comfortable it is to work in. Its size gives us the ability to cover larger events, but still be flexible to take on a wide variety of jobs. The similarity in workflows and equipment with our Gearhouse OBLite trailer means we can switch crews between the two seamlessly.”

Nigel Haniff, account manager at Gearhouse Broadcast added, “As Vision View has demonstrated with this investment, there’s a growing demand from operators for mid-size and smaller OB vehicles that give them the flexibility to deliver productions of different sizes. Gearhouse has considerable experience in designing and building such vehicles on time and on budget that can help to grow OB businesses.”

Vision View became the first customer to purchase Gearhouse’s OBLite trailer, having been on the lookout for an affordable and more flexible OB option within a compact footprint. The unit supports six to eight cameras and houses a seven- to eight-person production and operational crew. It offers low power consumption, an ergonomic design and features a production gallery, audio workstations and engineering control area.

Mediatech Africa is the region’s premier media and entertainment technology trade event and runs from 19-21 July 2017.

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Gearhouse Broadcast delivers TOCs and commentary infrastructure to UEFA for key European finals

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High-end solutions used at UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup finals

Gearhouse Broadcast, a supplier of technical equipment, facilities and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, is providing a range of solutions to UEFA for its prestigious European football finals. These include the Technical Operations Centres (TOCs), EVS live production infrastructure and all commentary services for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup finals.

UEFA and Gearhouse Broadcast have a long history of working together. Last year, Gearhouse successfully provided TOCs, Cable Interconnection Rooms, and special cameras and EVS slow-motion operations facilities as part of a comprehensive installation at all ten UEFA EURO 2016 venues in France.

The TOC is used to distribute the live stadium – or ‘world’ – feed and requires around 100km of high quality fibre cable to be installed on site. Gearhouse’s bespoke TOC design was so well received that UEFA has used it as the blueprint for its domestic coverage going forward.

For the first-time UEFA, is using Gearhouse to provide the commentary infrastructure at each match. Running the flexible Lawo Commentary Unit (LCU) which is based on RAVENNA, a real-time Audio-over-IP networking technology, Gearhouse is delivering a contribution network which eliminates the need to use ageing ISDN lines and patch in each commentator manually. It means that UEFA can now offer a large number of high quality commentary lines at each match, either within the stadium, or remotely, helping to keep production costs.

Sarah Connell, broadcast engineering specialist at UEFA said: “This solution allows us to streamline and futureproof onsite broadcast services and also provide the highest quality of service to rights holders.”

Ed Tischler, head of projects at Gearhouse Broadcast said: “This new service from Gearhouse addresses a growing trend we’re seeing within live productions, with rights owners and broadcasters increasingly wanting to use a specialist partner to handle the technical requirements. This means that they can concentrate on delivering the best production possible to a growing number of international viewers, without needing to dedicate valuable resources to oversee infrastructure demands.”

Lawo’s Barry Revel added: “Gearhouse approached Lawo looking for a flexible commentary solution based on the latest IP broadcast infrastructure that would offer the highest possible reliability, and we were delighted to offer our solution. The Lawo and Gearhouse engineering teams worked together to spec up a commentary system that ticked all the boxes for UEFA’s extensive requirements. For us, this was a great show case as it demonstrated the unique functionally and control the Lawo Commentary System offers.”

At the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Gearhouse provided a range of technical services to host broadcaster BT Sport including an on-site special cameras facility. This received feeds from the UEFA helicopter camera, in-goal cameras, handheld radio frequency cameras and the stadium ‘beauty’ shots.

The UEFA Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United took place in Stockholm on Wednesday 25 May. This was followed by the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June where Real Madrid beat Juventus. The winners of both cups then face off for the UEFA Super Cup on 8 August in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Gravity Media Group acquires leading sports production company Input Media

_DSC4348Gravity Media Group acquires leading sports production company Input Media

Deal enables broadcast services specialist to meet growing industry demand for both production and facilities requirements 

Gravity Media Group (GMG), the owner of worldwide broadcast services specialists Gearhouse Broadcast and Hyperactive Broadcast, has acquired Input Media. One of Europe’s leading sports production companies, Input Media, will retain its branding, current leadership team and staff, and continue to serve its extensive client base. The multi-million pound transaction is the first major acquisition that GMG has made since securing substantial investment from investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners in September 2016 to fund future growth

The deal will enable Gravity Media Group to diversify its businesses into new areas and broaden the global service offering. It will also strengthen GMG’s ability to provide end-to-end solutions including high-end production and technical facilities. This is a service that clients are increasingly requesting as they look to further improve operational work flows and drive cost efficiencies. The deal opens the door to new commercial models for emerging technologies such as remote production, with Input Media overseeing productions from its London HQ and Gearhouse Broadcast handling the onsite facilities. Input Media’s expansive fibre and satellite infrastructure means it is able to connect with any facility or venue in the world via IP enabling it to introduce these work flows and operational efficiencies to GMG’s current clients.

For more than 25 years Input Media has been producing top-quality programming and using cutting-edge technology to deliver flexible broadcast solutions for some of the biggest sports federations, broadcasters and football clubs in the world. Its clients include UEFA, The FA, BBC Sport, ITV Sport, the French Tennis Federation, the International Tennis Federation, Pitch International, Box Nation and Premier League clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Input Media has worked alongside GMG company Gearhouse Broadcast for ten years on multiple projects, and in 2015 Gearhouse was their systems integration partner completing an innovative and flexible solution for new production galleries at their west London production facility.

“With many broadcasters and content owners looking to outsource their production and facilities requirements we found we were receiving more and more requests for these end-to-end type services.” said John Newton, Chief Executive Officer at Gravity Media Group. “When we started to think about servicing these requests we identified Input Media as the ideal partner very early on. They are well respected with a strong track record for excellence and an established leadership already in place who we know very well.”

Input Media’s founder, David Wood, who will remain as chairman said: “We’ve built the company over the years on a foundation of strong production values and technical expertise, so I’m delighted that we’ve found a partner in Gravity Media Group that shares these beliefs and will help us to continue to grow our business both in the UK and internationally. Having been a customer of theirs, I have always been impressed by their innovative and flexible approach, and I am confident that together we can address the increasing need from the sports production industry to provide outsourced all-encompassing seamless end-to-end solutions.”

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Gearhouse Broadcast’s specialist SI team to exhibit at BroadcastAsia 2017

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Global broadcast solutions provider heads to Singapore fresh from launching new 4K mobile unit Columbus at NAB 2017 Show

Gearhouse Broadcast, a leading supplier of specialist broadcast solutions, will present the operational and commercial benefits it can bring to systems integration projects to visitors at BroadcastAsia 2017. The SI team will be on stand 6J4-06 in Singapore to highlight the importance of choosing the right systems integration partner, particularly when it comes to embracing emerging technologies, as well as discussing a range of projects in the region with new and existing customers.

A truly global company, Gearhouse Broadcast is able to leverage its worldwide reach and infrastructure to deploy SI projects in any country. Because of this, the team can be more flexible than traditional systems integrators, delivering both operational and commercial benefits to customers whether integrating systems in OB facilities, stadiums and sports venues, studios, broadcast centres, houses of worship or educational establishments. It has recently completed a range of projects for leading media organisations including UEFA, Sky Sports, Vision View SA, London Stock Exchange Group, Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire, A+E Networks, Deluxe Media, Trinity Broadcast Network and Doordarshan.

The SI team has also recently completed the design, build and installation of Columbus, Gearhouse’s state-of-the-art 4K mobile unit which was designed specifically for the North American live sports and entertainment production market. The OB truck, which was officially unveiled at the 2017 NAB Show and shortlisted for an IABM Game Changer award, was built so it’s infrastructure is entirely future-proofed with the latest live production technology.

“Our systems integration team has extensive experience of successfully integrating the latest broadcast infrastructures within multiple facilities and venues and Asia is a growing market in which we operate,” said Martin Paskin, systems integration manager at Gearhouse Broadcast. “We’ve spent a long time building good relationships with industry-leading manufacturers as well as new players on the scene and understanding new technologies. This means we can deliver the latest, most effective solutions to customers in any location.”

From consultancy to planning, engineering, project management, design, installation, commissioning, training, maintenance and aftercare support, Gearhouse Broadcast can easily execute all aspects of implementing the latest broadcast systems. It’s also able to call on in-house heritage and expertise in other areas such as temporary installations for major events, sales and rental of broadcast equipment, events communication services and its specialist RF division, to work on a more diverse range of projects.

Held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre between 23 and 25 May 2017, BroadcastAsia 2017 is the international digital multimedia and entertainment technology exhibition and conference and the leading event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

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Gearhouse Broadcast selects Simplylive’s revolutionary Vibox systems

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Gearhouse Broadcast, a leading supplier of specialist broadcast solutions, has announced the purchase of the Vibox all-in-one production systems from live production solutions manufacturer Simplylive. Vibox brings together all the major components of live production in one box and this deal means Gearhouse becomes the first supplier to make the product available to the North American market. The systems will be utilised across Gearhouse Broadcasts offices in the USA, EMEA and Australia.

Designed for a single operator, the innovative solution brings together a video switcher, audio mixer, graphics, slow motion and replay/highlights with an intuitive full touchscreen control interface. Vibox is designed for a six-camera production with clean and dirty video outputs, and ideal for jobs where a full OB set up may be impractical or cost prohibitive. All input sources and output programming are recorded on the system in broadcast grade codecs, and intuitive, user-defined automation is integrated into the software operation. This means common effects and transitions can be triggered by the operator through presets.

“We’ve known Luc and his team for a long time, and have been keeping a close eye on what they’ve been doing with Simplylive,” said Kevin Moorhouse, COO, Gearhouse Broadcast. “We have a strong tradition of investing in new technologies and Vibox is an exciting proposition, serving up an innovative and affordable one-box solution that can be operated by a single user. It has similar functionality to a full OB van, but with a much-reduced on-site equipment footprint, making it well suited for remote productions.”

Luc Doneux, Simplylive’s managing director, added: “Gearhouse Broadcast is a worldwide name in the industry and their investment in our technology is a testament to both companies drive towards innovation. We are excited to work together with Gearhouse to grow the recognition of our products and brand. They will be providing the first Vibox servers to the North American market, where we expect to see things accelerate quickly.”

Gearhouse Broadcast will be at 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, showcasing Columbus, its new 4K mobile unit for North America. It will be located in the outdoor/mobile media area between central and south halls in the exhibit area (Booth OE836). Simplylive will also be exhibiting at the show, showcasing Vibox on booth N1126 in North Hall.

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