Gearhouse Broadcast and Hitachi to Demonstrate Exclusive Partnership with Fully Equipped HD OB Trailer

Affordability and flexibility at the heart of new OB trailer design

Gearhouse Broadcast (Hall 10 Stand 10.B39) will demonstrate its technical expertise at IBC2013 with a fully-equipped, live production HD OB trailer located at the Hitachi stand in Hall 11 (11.D42). The custom-built trailer can easily house a seven- to eight-person production and operation crew and features eight Hitachi camera channels.

The installation has been designed and built by Gearhouse Broadcast’s systems integration division as an affordable and more flexible OB option, easy to up- or down-spec as required and built on a compact footprint. The trailer offers low power consumption, ergonomic design and features a production gallery, audio workstations and an engineering control area.

Hitachi SK-HD1500 and SK-HD1200 and the related remote controls in the trailer


The trailer being demonstrated at IBC 2013 showcases an end-to-end live HD production workflow and is kitted out with eight Hitachi camera channels (seven SK-HD1200 portable-type production cameras and one SK-HD1500 6G Super Slow-Motion camera); a Ross Carbonite vision mixer; a Harris Platinum router and Glue; Harris test and measurement systems; a Studer Vista audio mixer; and a Harris Inscriber CG system. There are Marshall video monitors throughout the trailer, along with full talkback capabilities.

Studer Vista Audio Mixer


“This trailer targets a very specific – and currently underserved - part of the OB market, where we have industry leading expertise, with an affordable and flexible HD vehicle. We’ve made no compromise at all on quality or design, but have still come up with a trailer that offers the full range of OB functionality, is fast to build and ideal for a range of applications. We see this OB set-up being used for everything from IPTV and live web streaming productions to red carpet events, festivals and smaller six to ten camera live sports broadcast projects,” said Eamonn Dowdall, Business Development Director of Gearhouse Broadcast. “When you’re looking at a big OB truck or supertruck, there’s a significant cost associated – and that’s before you’ve even thought about kitting it out. This is something we’re aiming at a very different segment of the OB market.”

Gearhouse Broadcast, which will be in Hall 10 at IBC2013 on stand 10.B39, is also providing two Hitachi cameras – the 6G Super Slow-Motion Camera SK-HD1500 and the 3G Portable type Production Camera SK-HD1200 – to the IBC Production Insight area in Hall 11, where visitors can see them in action.


Gearhouse Broadcast is a market leader in the field of broadcast services. It specialises in broadcast project solutions, systems integration, equipment rental and equipment sales and operates globally with offices in the UK, USA, Australia, India and Doha. The company has vast experience and a proven track record in its involvement in major broadcast projects such as Wimbledon, the AP Tennis Masters and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

Gearhouse Broadcast Systems Integration division offers both permanent and temporary broadcast installations. Its expertise lies in the provision of solutions for studios, outside broadcast facilities, transmission and automation, master control rooms, stadium installations and broadcast cabling. It can offer mixed systems integration solutions, as either outright sales or a mixture of sales and rental facilities.