Vision View to showcase its Gearhouse Broadcast-built HD OB vehicle at Mediatech Africa

Vision View to showcase its Gearhouse Broadcast-built HD OB vehicle at Mediatech Africa

Ten camera mid-size mobile unit and OBLite production trailer to be displayed at Johannesburg show

At Mediatech Africa 2017, South African services company Vision View Productions will showcase its new state-of-the-art, mid-sized OB truck. The vehicle was designed, built and integrated by Gearhouse Broadcast in the UK, and will be located on Vision View’s outside exhibit at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg throughout the show. Gearhouse Broadcast’s experienced systems integration team will also be on site to discuss a range of upcoming projects and highlight the importance of choosing the right SI partner.

Gearhouse’s SI team will be highlighting its flexible approach and proven track record of embracing emerging technologies

The ten-camera mid-sized OB truck was recently delivered to Vision View and has mainly been used for live football, rugby and basketball productions. Using a locally sourced 26 tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros truck to meet South African fuel and emission regulations, Gearhouse Broadcast modelled the workflow as closely as possible to its OBLite trailer that Vision View purchased in 2014. The new vehicle is equipped with nine Hitachi HD-SK1200s and one Hitachi HD-SK1500 slow motion camera and Canon lenses as well as two Q-Ball point of view cameras.

Inside the spacious unit is a Ross Carbonite Black CB3X vision mixer, two EVS XT3 live production servers, a NewTek 3Play slow motion instant replay system and a 32 channel Studer Vista 1 audio console. It also offers discrete 5.1 surround sound audio through an extensive set of Sennheiser microphones including the Esfera SPM 8000 with SBP800, four MD 42s and six MKH 416s.


Mafadi Mpuru, managing director at Vision View said, “To put it simply, this new mid-sized truck from Gearhouse is beautiful. We’ve been delighted with the build quality, how well it performs and how comfortable it is to work in. Its size gives us the ability to cover larger events, but still be flexible to take on a wide variety of jobs. The similarity in workflows and equipment with our Gearhouse OBLite trailer means we can switch crews between the two seamlessly.”

Nigel Haniff, account manager at Gearhouse Broadcast added, “As Vision View has demonstrated with this investment, there’s a growing demand from operators for mid-size and smaller OB vehicles that give them the flexibility to deliver productions of different sizes. Gearhouse has considerable experience in designing and building such vehicles on time and on budget that can help to grow OB businesses.”


Vision View became the first customer to purchase Gearhouse’s OBLite trailer, having been on the lookout for an affordable and more flexible OB option within a compact footprint. The unit supports six to eight cameras and houses a seven- to eight-person production and operational crew. It offers low power consumption, an ergonomic design and features a production gallery, audio workstations and engineering control area.

Mediatech Africa is the region’s premier media and entertainment technology trade event and runs from 19-21 July 2017.

About Gearhouse Broadcast

Gearhouse Broadcast is one of the world’s leading and most innovative broadcast services providers. It supplies technical equipment, facilities and services to capture the world’s most watched live and near live content from iconic events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, to popular entertainment programmes such as The X Factor and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

It delivers services including project solutions, outside broadcast, equipment rental, systems integration, RF, equipment sales and events communication to the world’s most respected broadcasters, production companies and rights holders. With offices in the UK, France, Australia, USA and Qatar - and a fleet of HD and 4K OB trucks in Australia and the US - Gearhouse Broadcast can meet the most complex broadcast requirements locally or on location anywhere in the world.


Through its reputation for reliability and the early adoption of emerging technologies such as 4K, IP and remote production, Gearhouse Broadcast has built up an enviable track record of providing cost-effective equipment, end-to-end solutions and support for all types of broadcast needs.

Its talented and dedicated staff are employed for their expertise and experience. They offer unparalleled product and industry understanding, small and large scale project experience, technical know-how, consultancy skills, systems integration knowledge and advanced awareness of emerging trends.

Clients include some of the most highly respected broadcasters and programme makers in the world such as BBC, Sky, UEFA, Al Jazeera, ESPN, Host Broadcast Services, ZDF, Channel 9, Fox Sports, MTV Networks, Univision, The London Studios, IMG, ITV, ATP Media, France 3, Globecast and TF1.