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Gearhouse Broadcast USA is prepping the debut of Columbus, a mobile broadcast unit specifically designed, built, integrated and finished for 4K/UHD sports and entertainment productions.

Columbus B control room DSC00442Made for work based in the US, the unit features a full 4K monitor wall, one-button hydraulic deployment and integrated RF (mast included), among other unique attributes. Columbus employs a virtual management system to control complex signal flow and has a second control room for digital streaming, additional languages and IMAG.

Columbus was developed with the current and emerging needs of the US market in mind, based on our experience here as well as from what we have learned with advanced mobile units in Australia,” said Gearhouse Broadcast CEO and founder John Newton.

The mobile unit is IP-ready and equipped with 24 Boland 4K monitors in the main control room monitor wall – driven either as quad splits or single input 4K monitors from the main router. It also features 16 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD cameras with the capability to add an additional six RF cameras or a further four Sony HDC-4300s. Hitachi SK-HD1200 camera systems will be deployed for applications outside of 4K.

Wi-Fi tablets are available to control and assign sources and monitoring in the various operational areas, including the monitor wall. This facilitates the initial set-up of the unit for production and allows the operators to make changes during production without having to re-route video, audio and control features independently.

Additionally, Columbus utilises a Grass Valley Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher along with four 12-channel EVS ChannelMAX live-production servers. An Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 router is supported by a Lawo VSM control and monitoring platform. Audio is supported via a Lawo mc256 (64 fader) audio mixer and communications are managed using the new RTS Adam matrix intercom. Wireless communication is supported via a Clear-Com Eclipse Delta frame running FreeSpeak II allowing point-to-point four-wire belt-pack usage.

“We loaded Columbus with powerful video and audio multi-format capabilities, so directors, producers, engineers and operators can work with ease and in a comfortable environment,” said Marc Genin, managing director, Gearhouse Broadcast USA. “For high-pressure, live broadcast situations, this truck gives productions the ability to adapt quickly. The mobile unit is automatically deployed and levelled via remote controlled hydraulics with no physical intervention required, and its technologically advanced infrastructure provides every level of service for broadcasters’ needs.”

Columbus will be taking its mobile broadcasting unit to NAB 2017.