Timeline TV has augmented its Ultra HD fleet with a compact new uplinks truck, RF1, that is also designed to act as a mini OB truck capable of taking in up to six cabled or wireless UHD cameras. The 7.5 tonne unit has enough room in the production area for eight people, and “BT wants to use it for five or six-camera UHD OBs in tight locations,” explained Martin Bailey, Timeline TV’s Head of Outside Broadcasting.
RF1 was primarily built as an uplink truck, to work with UHD1, Timeline’s 16-camera UHD truck, “but then we decided that actually we could go a bit further and add a production element,” said Quinn Cowper, lead engineer, outside broadcasts, Timeline TV. The truck can be run in HD or UHD. “In HD mode you gain a lot more resources,” so, for example, its SAM Kula desk has a single M/E in UHD, but 2M/E in HD — although a further bank can be added. It also has two keyers.
Timeline chose the Kula vision mixer because “it is aimed at trucks needing a smaller switcher” and “we’ve always had a really good partnership with SAM,” said Cowper, and as the Kahuna has become standard in the OB market for UHD and the Kula “has all the capabilities that a full-size Kahuna has got in a 2U frame and it’s small enough for a truck of this size, so it’s the perfect little combination.”