Los Angeles, CA (March 17, 2017)—At NAB 2017, Gearhouse Broadcast USA will debut Columbus, a U.S.-based mobile unit said to be the first to feature a full 4K monitor wall, “one button” hydraulic deployment and integrated RF (mast included), among other unique attributes.
The unit is specifically designed, built, integrated and finished for 4K/UHD sports and entertainment productions, according to the company. Columbus employs a virtual management system to control complex signal flow and has a second control room for digital streaming, additional languages and IMAG.
“Columbus was developed with the current and emerging needs of the U.S. market in mind, based on our experience here as well as from what we have learned with advanced mobile units in Australia,” says Gearhouse Broadcast CEO and founder John Newton.
Audio is supported via a 64-fader Lawo mc256 audio mixer and communications are managed using the new RTS Adam matrix intercom. Wireless communication is supported via a Clear-Com Eclipse Delta frame running FreeSpeak II, allowing point-to-point 4-wire beltpack usage.
Columbus’ master systems control—Lawo VSM—gives operators control and flexibility, with Wi-Fi tablets available to control and assign sources and monitoring in the various operational areas, including the monitor wall. This facilitates the initial set-up of the unit for production and allows the operators to very easily make changes during production with just “one touch,” rather than having to re-route video, audio and control features independently.
Columbus utilizes a Grass Valley Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher along with four 12-channel EVS ChannelMAX live-production servers. An Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 router is supported by a Lawo VSM control and monitoring platform.