Refurbished OB van joins Hungarian broadcaster fleet

Lawo console in ÁSZ Bt OB van
Neal Romanek
November 17th 2016 at 10:32AM : By Neal Romanek

The vehicle has been upgraded with a new Lawo audio console and Sony HDC-1700 cameras

Hungarian broadcast services provider ASZ Bt has purchased and upgraded a used OB truck to add to its OB fleet.

Founded in 1992 by MD and company owner Ferenc Ács, the Budapest-based ÁSZ Bt is the second largest OB van operator in Hungary. The new 18-camera OB5 houses a sound room, video engineering room, and production room, bringing the company’s truck count to four, as it joins OB3 (supporting up to16 cameras), OB4 (with a maximum of eight cameras), and OB6 (with a maximum of six cameras). 

ÁSZ Bt installed a new a 48-fader mc²56 and two V__pro8 A/V “toolbox” units from Lawo. The new OB van also features ten Sony Professional HDC-1700 fibre-optic camera systems. The equipment purchase was made through Hungarian system integrator Rexfilm.

The first use of the OB van was for coverage of the Judo Grand Prix from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna. Since then, ÁSZ Bt has put the truck and its audio abilities to the test in a series productions, including American rock opera, “Rocktopia” at the Hungarian State Opera House. For this production, OB5’s CableCam systems 3D (similar to a Spidercam) was used in conjunction with a surround mix. 

“In this profession it is important to develop constantly and to move with the times. That is why Ferenc Ács is constantly looking to innovate,” said Rexfilm project director, Gábor Csapó. “Lawo was chosen because of the company’s redundancy concept, the functionality of the mc²56 and the attractive price.”

“When the purchase of the cameras was complete, the question of the sound system was addressed. After long and thorough consideration, a 48-channel (16-16-16) mc256 with one DSP board supporting 96 audio channels and offering 5.1-channel mixing was chosen to handle the audio."

“ÁSZ Bt chose Lawo because – in this part of Europe, where we live and work, and even more so in the Western countries – major broadcasters that take this service very seriously mostly use Lawo consoles. It makes it easier for us to expand our services to the international market, because Lawo is widely accepted and the chances of finding a good professional, who knows the console, are higher, exp

“Our focus when building and equipping the OB5 was to make it qualified to work on international events,” said lains Ferenc Ács. “The reliability of the sound and intercom systems is crucial – the Lawo mc256 with three DSP panels and three Stageboxes, and additional Lawo V__pro8 processors, combined with Riedel intercom solutions, is a system that gives us great flexibility for different setups.”