BTV’s recently acquired Outside Broadcasting Van
A Southeast coastal province not far from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Thuan is part of the economic engine that has helped accelerate Vietnam’s rapid transformation. With a population of close to 1.2 million people, the province is renowned for its scenery and picturesque beaches, and recently for its thriving industries. Binh Thuan like many of Vietnam’s provinces also has its very own radio & television network.
Originally established by the state government as a press agency to propagate the policies of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Binh Thuan Radio & Television (BTV) was officially launched in 1977 as a provincial broadcaster to provide cultural, art and entertainment programmes to the people of Binh Thuan province.
A Sony client since its inception, BTV has continuously invested in new technology to help it keep pace with its viewers and also its peers. Recently, BTV increased its investment in equipment that can handle both Standard Definition, which forms the bulk of its programming, and High Definition.
BTV recently acquired an OB van as part of its upgrading efforts, and also a facility to train its engineers. Working closely with consultants from Sony, the OB van features the latest set of HD live production solutions that were launched at IBC2013 in Amsterdam. This includes the HSC-100R studio camera and the MVS-3000A switcher. Also included in the OB Van is a range of Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-X7, UWP-X8 and MB-X6.
The dual-format HSC-100R and the multi-format MVS-3000A are designed to be configured as part of a cost-effective HD live production system that offer easy set-up, operation and economic price performance, the two models are also ideal for small-to-mid sized broadcasting studios, production houses and OB vans.
Says Nguyen Hong Thai, Deputy Technical Director of BTV on the latest Sony equipment to join its inventory, “We chose systems that are able to record both SD and HD formats. This will support our current SD distribution and by recording in HD, we will be able to be part of the upcoming HD workflow.”
Other Sony products being used by BTV are the top-of-the-range digital camera, the DXC-D50, the highly reliable XDCAM EX PMW-350K, HVRZ1P and HVR-Z7P HDV camcorders, and the DFS-700AP DME switchers.
Concludes Mr. Thai on the selection process for its broadcast equipment, “After using Sony products for a long time, we have seen Sony’s professional products demonstrate superior image quality, and also its high durability when used in our harsh tropical environment. Additionally, we feel secure knowing that our investments are well-protected with Sony’s excellent after-sales and maintenance services.”