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Video Progetti Completes OB7 For L'Opera Broadcast Video Service

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Video Progetti has announced that OB7, the outside broadcast van it has designed and built for production company L'Opera Broadcast Video Service, will see its first live action in the first week of September. It has been under construction since late Spring.

L'Opera's specialises in the production of television coverage for a broad range of sports – football, volleyball and motor racing among others - as well as concerts, entertainment events and conventions. The company’s clients include key players in the national and international broadcast industry such as the BBC, CCtv, CNN, LA7, Mediaset, NHK, RAI and Sky.

The challenge faced by Video Progetti was that the new OB van for L’Opera was destined for a very specific application: it would be shared concurrently by two broadcasters to cover the same football matches. The national right owner would use it for in-country coverage, while the other one would be broadcasting to its international viewers. Each would also want to deliver some streams in 4K/UltraHD resolution.

"That meant that we needed an OB van with some pretty spectacular capabilities – and that's what Video Progetti delivered," said Michele Infante, co-founder and CEO of L’Opera. "OB7 is a real achievement for us being our first dual client outside broadcast van that is going to meet any demand for key sports events. We love it – it's everything we hoped it would be – and the whole L’Opera team is looking forward to working with it."

The new van is equipped with cutting edge UHD/HDR technology - and OB7 is also designed to deliver 100% availability, with complete mirroring/redundancy of all equipment for easy failover in the event of equipment malfunction. Furthermore it’s built with two independent power distribution systems.

L'Opera's OB7 is an impressive 14 metres in length (it weighs 39,000kgs fully loaded) that delivers up to 61 square metres of working space at full extension of its three unfolding walls. It can accommodate a team of 35. The van comprises seven production suites, each with independent temperature control, with the only shared facility being the camera control room, from which up to 28 cameras can be controlled.

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