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World's smallest 4K OB van

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13 November 2013

This three wheeler moped van is a natty ob unit from Danish production services company Nimb TV.

Nimb has joined forces with producer/director Troels Lund to create the world's smallest 4K OB-van.

Built with the help of AV specialist Stjernholm & Co, the OB van will be used for high quality, multi camera Ultra HD 4K production in the Danish broadcast industry, big screen events and live concerts. It has already been booked for the ‘boot camp’ section of the next season of Denmark’s version of The X Factor, which will use various locations across Copenhagen.

Nimb TV’s live production workflow includes Blackmagic's ATEM Production Studio 4K, which can handle SD, HD or Ultra HD 4K video sources from up to eight of the team’s own cameras, or their broadcast clients. The ATEM Production Studio 4K will be used with an ATEM 1 M/E Production Panel for hardware control.

The ATEM Production Studio 4K’s 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K video connections mean Nimb TV can handle Ultra HD 4K video sources via a single cable and each input includes a frame synchronizer allowing the use of non genlocked sources. There is also an HD down converted HD-SDI program output for when the switcher is operating in Ultra HD formats, but a regular HD program feed is required.



The workflow also features a HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD recorder, while capture and playback is handled by Blackmagic’s UltraStudio 4K. The team has also installed a Blackmagic Audio Monitor, a rack mount monitoring solution with advanced 6G-SDI video for Ultra HD video sources.

The  power supply is a single 230V connector, which allows it to power a production from a standard household power plug.

Niels Borup, co founder, Nimb TV, says, “We now have the ability to work with a huge range of customers, from independent filmmakers to national broadcasters, and can offer flexible, reliable Ultra HD 4K production, wherever they want to film.”

“Niels and Toke are a hugely proactive, passionate production team that has spotted a fantastic opportunity in the market,” says Morten Stjernholm, ceo, Stjernholm & Co. “Blackmagic’s ATEM Production Studio 4K enables the team to produce content to the same high standard as you find in huge OB trucks, but the size and agility of the moped van gives Nimb a huge competitive edge. The Ultra HD 4K workflow enables the team to offer the highest quality streaming for major live events, as well as a flexible system that broadcasters can quickly plug into with their own camera choices.”




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