One truck, one price – that is the concept behind a new tie-up between broadcast audio specialistsRedTXand One Box Television, a company that provides portable HD broadcast-standard production facilities for multi-camera shoots.
With production budgets under increasing pressure, the ability to combine the most cost-effective HD broadcast facilities with the best in mobile audio is likely to appeal to a wide range of broadcast customers who are keen to reduce costs without compromising on quality.
The collaboration betweenRedTXand One Box Television was made possible following the recent refurbishment ofRedTX’s RED II mobile recording unit. The truck, which is designed to cater for 3D and 7.1 surround sound productions, now incorporates an additional production/overdub and video gallery room at the rear.
Ian Dyckhoff, Director ofRedTX, says: “We designed RED II with this additional space because we recognised that some broadcast clients wanted an area where they could set up fly-pack television facilities. After discussion with One Box Television, we recognised that the new truck provided a perfect opportunity to combine resources on certain projects where clients wanted the ability to film as well as record high quality audio.”
Richard Stevenson, Director of One Box television, adds: “The complexity of multitrack sound frequently means that an audio truck will be parked alongside a traditionalOBtruck on a concert. The ‘sound end’ of theOBtruck, which the client is effectively paying for, is rendered redundant. By installing our highly mobile flyaway units into RED II we combine facilities and significantly reduce costs for our customers.”
One Box Television can run up to 16 cameras from their temporary gallery in RED II. The whole room can be given over to production, and One Box Television can house vision control in its own vehicle, if required.
“The benefits are that our units are customised for each shoot so you don’t pay for more than you need,” Richard Stevenson adds. “Our smallest unit is just five cameras but we can install more than that, should the project demand it.”
One Box Television galleries are built into a standard 19″ rack and include an HD TX monitor, HD preview monitors, a flexible talkback system and an easy to use vision mixer with tally lights. The advantages of installing a One Box television fly-away kit into Red II is that it does away with the need for long cable runs to a separate audio truck and it limits issues with parking as only one truck is required. It also allows production teams to be very close to the action, thus ensuring speedy liaison with artists and crew.
“Using our unique camera-back fibre kits, cable runs of over 100m are still absolutely possible,” Richard Stevenson says. “The kit has been used in a number of large venues including projects at The Royal Festival Hall, Wembley Arena, The 02 and a number ofWest Endtheatres.”
Since launching their collaboration RedTXand One Box Television has worked together on a number of concerts, including the Classic Rock Awards, MTV New Acts and Channel 4’s Streetdance.