Mobile Studios Intros Transit Mobile Studio
Mobile Studios has just rolled out a new Ford Transit Connect van equipped with the NewTek TriCaster 855 and 3Play 425 replay system. The “Transit Mobile Studio” provides a cost effective mobile platform for producing high school and college sports as well as complex live events. “Our goal was to design a very economical and compact production vehicle capable of broadcasting multi-cam HD video at a very attractive price point,” says Mobile Studios President, Richard Rubin.
The TriCaster and 3Play are housed in Mobile Studios’ unique PortaCast console and handle switching, replays, graphics, recording, and streaming. “With space at a premium, we chose NewTek products because they deliver tremendous functionality and excellent production values,” adds Rubin.
The PortaCast console is loaded/unloaded easily using two lightweight aluminum retractable ramps, which travel with the vehicle. “You can produce events in the van, or simply unload the console and roll it into a building for ultimate flexibility,” says Rubin.
Crew seating includes a bench (that doubles as a case for cable reels) for a technical director and replay operator, or audio/graphics operator depending on production requirements. The producer/director and graphics/score board operator are seated in the front two seats equipped with a lap-top stand and auxiliary multi-view monitors. If required, there is space in the rear for a camera-shading position. An additional 48 square feet is available via an optional tent that attaches to the back of the van.
Base price for the Transit Mobile Studio is $125,000. Standard configuration includes Mobile Studios’ PortaCast console equipped with NewTeks’ TriCaster 855 eight input HD switcher, 3Play 425 replay system, dual 24-inch LED monitors, two-channel intercom, SSD recording deck, eight-channel audio mixer, speakers, external rooftop air conditioning, I/O cable port and uninterruptible battery back-up. Power for electronics and air conditioning is provided by an ultra-quiet 3,000 watt Honda 4-cycle generator or 120 VAC/60Hz 20 AMP shore power. Options include fiber connectivity for cameras and intercom, camera shading, telephone hybrids, IFB and enhanced audio mixing.