Broadcast Rental invests in new equipment
Demand for IP Technology and Ultra HD-4K Television Still on the Rise
The demand for wireless equipment and Ultra HD-4K television will continue to grow significantly. A specialist in turnkey solutions and the rental of specialist equipment, Broadcast Rental has recognised a growing demand for such equipment among its national and international customers. The Hilversum- based company has been a pioneer in this field for years, and has expanded its 4K and IP range to include equipment by Sony, Canon, EVS, Ross and DTC for wireless 4K camera transmitters. This investment allows us to offer our customers the infrastructure and equipment required for full 4K/UHD productions.
Broadcast Rental was one of the first in the Netherlands to invest in 4K and Ultra HD equipment. CEO Geert-Paul Slee: ‘At the time we were pioneers, and now we see we were right. This is a lasting trend and we have made sizeable investments to serve our customers even better, offering entire mobile productions and equipment sets. We aspire to be the link that meets the broadcast industry’s hardware and software requirements. This investment helps us realize that ambition.”
DTC wireless 4K transmitters
Broadcast Rental has invested in a 4K ENG camera to test the 4K transmitters. The 4K SONY PXW-Z450 camera features – as the first one of its kind in the Netherlands – a CANON CJ14x 4.3 lens. Geert-Paul: ‘We like using an ENG camera because its audio makes it perfect for wireless use. Together with HF prints we have developed a receiver that fits the camera’s audio slot, and enables us to receive the popular WZ transmitter in the ENG camera. In combination with our DTC AEON 4K transmitter the camera is ready for use in a live multicamera setting. Other companies are hesitant to buy traditional ENG cameras, favouring large sensor cameras. However, we have found ENG cameras to have many advantages, in particular its flexibility that makes filming much faster and versatile.’
Especially for 4K/UHD productions Broadcast Rental has furthermore invested in three new EVS XT4K servers, which are also suitable for High Dynamic Range (HDR). These servers allow us to realise 4-channel 4K/UHD sources per machine, for instance for live slow motion, highlight editing or 4K/UHD registrations. Moreover, these servers can be used as ChannelMax servers, with 12 HD/SDI channels, instead of the usual 8 channels of XT.
On a final note: For projects on location Broadcast Rental has acquired a ROSS Ultrix-FR5 144×144 router. Geert Paul: ‘Many customers ask us to do projects on location, both in the Netherlands and abroad, whenever a mobile production or studio is required. In those cases, the router is the heart of the production. The Ultrix FR5 is a great tool to build router functionality quickly and most of all compactly. The Ultrix is a 12G router that can handle 4K/UHD video sources and features a wealth of option, including Madi support and 8 different multiviewer ports. The whole router is built into a 15-unit flight case that means a big save on construction time as well as the costs of electricity and transportation. The FR5
gives us the opportunity to do IP productions and hybrid productions using both IP and SDI, and are increasingly common these days.’
The Ross Ultrix FR5 was purchased through Diginet.
About Broadcast Rental
Broadcast Rental is a company with dedicated experts that link all technical and hardware needs for the global broadcast industry. For over a decade, we have been delivering outstanding turnkey solutions, renting out high-end broadcast equipment, providing wireless HD solutions and delivering complete systems for all sorts of events. On top of that we are true experts in innovative wireless special products and events. We always link you to the best solution!