Hitachi’s Turkey Division Builds New HD Production Van For The Royal Thai Army Television

Thailand’s national broadcaster, Royal Thai Army Television, has taken delivery of a multi-functional outside broadcast (OB) production vehicle designed, built and commissioned by Hitachi Kokusai Turkey.

Based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, the vehicle combines a compact and lightweight construction with some of the region’s most advanced OB production capabilities. The OB truck supports five Hitachi SK-HD1200 multi format HDTV production cameras and a team of six production engineers.

Designed and built at Hitachi’s Istanbul facility, the new OB truck is ideal for use as a small, flexible production vehicle covering a range of sporting, cultural and entertainment events throughout Thailand, supporting productions where a larger OB truck would be impractical or cost prohibitive.

Starting with the standard Mercedes Sprinter truck, Hitachi implemented extensive modifications, installing stabilizing jacks, thermal and acoustic insulation, on-board air conditioning and a purpose designed ergonomic working environment for the six-person team. All cabling is stored on motorized drums within the vehicle meaning that set-up and breakdown of events is swift and easy.

Hitachi’s challenge was to specify and integrate the latest production technology from trusted industry vendors.

Hitachi’s challenge was to specify and integrate the latest production technology from trusted industry vendors.

Hitachi’s next challenge was to specify and integrate the latest production technology from trusted industry vendors. Alongside its production cameras, which are fitted with Canon lenses, the vehicle includes Ross vision switchers and 3G/HD-SDI routers; EVS slow motion servers; Inscriber character generators; recorders from Panasonic, Sony and AJA Video; Blackmagic Design HDMI-SDI converters; a Yamaha digital audio mixer and other audio gear from Sennheiser, Trilogy, Genelec and Tascam.

The truck’s advanced production workflow is suited to servicing a number of events including outside news broadcasts, sports events, drama productions, religious festivals and national cultural events.

Hitachi Kokusai Turkey said that it has many similar projects in production and that this small form factor, high engineering capability is proving popular, especially amongst Asia Pacific region broadcasters. Each vehicle is individually configured to meet the needs of its owner.

On this project, Hitachi worked closely with its local representative, Bangkok-based P.S. & Sons (Thailand) Co, Ltd.

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