Broadcast Rental invests in new equipment

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 Hilversumbased 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.

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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.’

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EVS
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[3].

Flypacks/MCR
On a final note: For projects on location Broadcast Rental has acquired a ROSS Ultrix-FR5
144x144 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.

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Company profile:
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!”

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