10 Ways To Make Outside Broadcasting (OB) More Efficient
OB has come a long way since the first attempts in the 1920s. Today’s audiences expect vivid sound and image quality, but as the technological possibilities have grown, so too has the complexity. There are a few things you can do to keep up with the increasing demand and ensure your systems efficiently stand the test of time.
1) Make Sure The System Is Reliable
It may sound obvious, but testing a system ahead of using it can save multiple time and cost headaches. For maximum efficiency, opt for products that have been quality tested by a company that offers a 5 year warranty on all its products to ensure reliability.
2) Calculate The Distance
If you are using copper cables, the distance from the OB van to the cameras will be directly related to efficiency. Electromagnetic signals lose their quality over distance, and there is also a risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI). To avoid this, switch to fibre optic cables, which have neither of these problems.
3) Check Whether Cameras Need Local Power
Power is a premium resource at any outside broadcasting event. When cameras are a long distance from the outside broadcast van, they may need local power that requires advance planning. Alternatively, consider solutions such as the Shax hybrid alternative connector kit, a rugged power insertion solution with enhanced bi-directional transport of camera signals.
4) Consolidate The Conversions
OB can create a minefield of small electrical to optical conversion boxes. Time consuming to prepare and complex to manage, this inefficiency can be neatly solved with a consolidated package solution. For instance, a range that offers all the required conversions in a single bespoke product for a simple, cost-effective result.
5) Consider Longevity
Life on the road can be tough, and delicate equipment is vulnerable to every bump and splash along the way. Therefore, the more rugged and reliable the manufacturing quality, the longer the equipment will last. To ensure efficiency, work with a provider who understands the unique challenges of outside broadcasting and creates tough, hard-wearing solutions to match.
7) Rack Space and Card Density
Space is always tight in OB vans, and as technological demand increases the equipment volume continues to grow. To boost efficiency, look for rack frames / racking units (RUs) that hold more cards. For instance, rack frames that hold 6 cards in 1RU, or 15 cards in 3RU, instantly saving space.
8) Plan An Upgrade Path
While it’s not possible to get a crystal-clear picture of the future, steps can be taken to ensure your systems are upgrade-ready. For instance, racking systems will adjust to new equipment so that new tech doesn’t create a production roadblock.
9) Think About Signal Backups
Not having signal redundancy can cause broadcasting chaos, so having a backup is wise. For maximum efficiency, the ideal setup should combine integrated splitters and changeover devices for seamless broadcasting.
10) Think About The Whole System
One of the major barriers to outside broadcasting efficiency is the system design. Often, various parts of the system have individually high levels of reliability, but when put together the result can be a performance mash-up. For the best results, work with a supplier who understands how to build an efficient broadcast infrastructure.
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Outside broadcasting doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience. With a little planning, expert guidance, and high-quality materials, the drama stays firmly in front of the camera. For more information about improving the efficiency of your outdoor broadcasting, send us a message today.
The original version of this article was published in bluebell.tv