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Prolink Television Facilities – Expanding Our Capabilities

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Prolink Television Facilities are pleased to announce the addition of a new outside broadcast unit to their range of facilities. The new truck is a replacement for OB1 which has been seen at state occasions, major sporting events and countless Outside Broadcasts over many years.

The new unit is a 12m rigid vehicle with a large single expanding side to create additional space in the production, VT/EVS and vision areas.

The truck is wired for 12 system cameras with RF channels being added as required. There is dedicated rack space and wiring for 3 x EVS machines and additional space for 2 x AJA Ki Pro type recorders, as well as 2 x HDCAM or HDXDCam recorders.

Talkback is RTS Telex based with additional capabilities being added via a CTP Systems Camera Talkback Controller with the latest CTP configurable talkback panels. Two channels of radio talkback are carried as standard.

The truck boasts a low latency HD monitor stack with all displays driven from the router with tallies and UMDs supplied via TSL's Tallyman system.

Speaking about the new truck, Andrew Dugard, Director, said: "Our OB1 has served us extremely well over the years, often being at the heart of major events such as the Royal Wedding and the Rugby World Cup but we were beginning to find that the demand for more and more production space and increased EVS requirements were putting us on the limit of what we could physically accommodate.

"The new truck, with its expanding capability, gives us a much larger production space, a much improved monitor wall and space to accommodate multiple EVS machines and their operators comfortable. The vehicle is the maximum length permissible on UK roads and coupled with its large expanding side, we're confident that we offer more working space per opertor than any other UK truck – it's an over-used phrase, but it truly has Tardis-like qualities.

"Our old truck was particularly useful where parking space is limited, such as in city centres, and we're confident the new truck's ability to deliver a powerful production solution within a smaller footprint than articulated OB units is a capability that production companies and broadcasters will value.

"The coachwork and interior fitting was carried out by Levscol Ltd near Colchester who, under the guidance of proprietors Ian Scolding and Stuart Levett, have done a wonderful job in creating a real 'wow factor' of a working space. We really can't praise their engineering excellence and attention to detail highly enough."

The truck is available with immediate effect.

Further details can be requested via email or by calling Andrew or Michael Dugard on 0845 123 5678.

This article also features in the February edition of Broadcast Film & Video.
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