US manufacturer Wohler Technologies is making a concerted push into Europe with a vehicle designed to showcase its audio, video, data monitoring and captioning products, writes Kevin Hilton. The new Wohler Mobile is a European version of the van that has been used successfully in the US to demonstrate full broadcast production chains for production, post and distribution. The stretch, high-roofed Iveco vehicle is being promoted for tours across Europe and the UK, showcasing audio and video confidence monitors and products aimed at dealing with loudness and routing of multiple signals. Among the equipment included is the Dolby capable AMP2-16V Series 16-channel audio-video processing monitor. This has a 4.3-inch OLED screen and offers loudness monitoring, audio mixing and routing, SDI/AES/analogue audio and instantaneous Dolby bit-stream analysis. Loudness is also addressed with the Pandora Analyser. This can be used either on a desktop or in a rack and gives up to eight channels of metering and logging of SDI embedded audio or AES inputs. Wohler's executive vice president of worldwide sales, Kim Templeman-Holmes, comments, "We've enjoyed great success using the US Wohler Mobile to demonstrate our solutions in real-world workflows for production, acquisition, live broadcast, distribution, and transmission. With our rapid growth and expansion into the European marketplace, now is the perfect time to introduce the Wohler Euro Van to show dealers and customers in that region how Wohler gear provides excellent performance in compact, cost-effective designs." www.wohler.com
HD OBs - trucking on a road near you
They're everywhere - at cricket grounds, football stadia, conference venues, theatres, local arts centres or just generally slogging up and down motorways - and, as Kevin Hilton reports, there looks like no stopping the growing number of high definition outside broadcast trucks. This perception is confirmed by figures in the latest edition of the HD OB Van Directory, which details 42 new vehicles across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.