Cinematography equipment rental facility Procam Take 2 has added a new OB truck to its fleet, the largest UK-based OB vehicle equipped to handle all cinematic frame rates and all HD formats.

Designed for multi-cam recording and live broadcasts, PT2’s new high-spec double expanding cinematic outside broadcast truck OB1 features 20 cine camera CCUs and has the capacity for up to 40 inputs, making it the UK’s largest cinematic-facing OB vehicle.

OB1 joins the recently upgraded OB2 and OB3, providing options for different production sizes.

PT2’s recent live production credits include Later… with Jools Holland, An Audience with Adele, Glastonbury Live at Worthy Farm, and Dua Lipa’s Studio 2054, all filmed with cinema cameras and lenses integrated into a traditional OB workflow.

“Since the inception of our Projects division in 2016, cine and broadcast integration has become our speciality, and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved. Demand for this offering has grown exponentially over the last six years, even throughout lockdowns, so the need for a cine OB truck has been apparent for a while,” said Vicky Holden, director of Projects at Procam Take 2.

The new truck can run two simultaneous line cuts, offering productions the benefit of looking at painted pictures whilst taking a LOG line cut away for quick edits. With 24 UHD VTRs, all cameras can record ISO for post-production.

“We realised that there is an appetite for Progressive formats, most notably 23.98P and 25P, which traditionally do not exist in the broadcast world, and OB1 fulfils that requirement”, said Dan Studley, technical director at Procam Take 2. “Our department exists to push creative boundaries and deliver innovative technical solutions, so when we can’t find something suitable out there, we build it. PT2’s cine Multicam LCS was engineered in-house in 2017 to facilitate the growing requirement for cinema lens integration on multi-camera jobs, and it is still used on over 90% of our projects today”.

OB1 offers  flexibility for small and large production teams with an open- plan modular layout. Two expandable production pods deliver an adaptable footprint, with the ability to operate as a one-sided unit if ground space is limited.

Liam Gallagher Live at Knebworth served as the maiden voyage for OB1. Production company Up The Game enlisted Procam Take 2 to provide fourteen cine cameras and two long-lens broadcast cameras run through the truck in a blended broadcast.

“The Liam Gallagher concert was a huge success for OB1, and the footage looks stunning. We couldn’t have asked for a better first run,” added Dan Studley. “OB1 is proving to be an ideal solution for producers wanting to take advantage of the latest cinematic camera technology, and we’re excited to see the impact our new cine truck will have on the wider OB market as demand for filmic imagery increases.”


Pippa Considine

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