10 Ways To Make Outside Broadcasting More Efficient

Outdoor broadcasting has come a long way since the first attempts in the 1920s. Today’s audiences expect vivid sound and image quality, but as the technological possibilities have grown, so too has the complexity. There are a few things you can do to keep up with the increasing demand and ensure your systems efficiently stand the test of time.


1) Make Sure The System Is Reliable

It may sound obvious, but testing a system ahead of using it can save multiple time and cost headaches. For maximum efficiency, opt for products that have been quality tested by a company such as Bluebell Opticom.  Bluebell Opticom even offers a 5 year warranty on all its products to ensure reliability.


2) Calculate The Distance

If you are using copper cables, the distance from the outside broadcast van to the cameras will be directly related to efficiency. Electromagnetic signals lose their quality over distance, and there is also a risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI). To avoid this, switch to fibre optic cables, which have neither of these problems.


3) Check Whether Cameras Need Local Power

Power is a premium resource at any outdoor broadcasting event. When cameras are a long distance from the outside broadcast van, they may need local power that requires advance planning. Alternatively, consider solutions such as the Shax hybrid alternative connector kit, a rugged power insertion solution with enhanced bi-directional transport of camera signals.


4) Consolidate The Conversions

Outdoor broadcasting can create a minefield of small electrical to optical conversion boxes. Time consuming to prepare and complex to manage, this inefficiency can be neatly solved with a consolidated package solution. For instance, Bluebell’s Silhouette range offers all the required conversions in a single bespoke product for a simple, cost-effective result.


5) Consider Longevity

Life on the road can be tough, and delicate equipment is vulnerable to every bump and splash along the way. Therefore, the more rugged and reliable the manufacturing quality, the longer the equipment will last. To ensure efficiency, work with a provider who understands the unique challenges of outdoor broadcasting and creates tough, hard-wearing solutions to match.


6) Weatherproofing

Water can wreak havoc when broadcasting outside. From poor quality to ruined equipment, protection is the only reliable cure for this nemesis. Consider investing in weatherproof enclosures to ensure that vulnerable equipment remains dry.   


7) Rack Space and Card Density

Space is always tight in outside broadcasting vans, and as technological demand increases the equipment volume continues to grow. To boost efficiency, look for rack frames / racking units (RUs) that hold more cards. For instance, at Bluebell Opticom we offer rack frames that hold 6 cards in 1RU, or 15 cards in 3RU, instantly saving space.


8) Plan An Upgrade Path

While it’s not possible to get a crystal-clear picture of the future, steps can be taken to ensure your systems are upgrade-ready. For instance, the modular design of Bluebell Opticom’s racking systems will adjust to new equipment so that new tech doesn’t create a production roadblock.


9) Think About Signal Backups

Not having signal redundancy can cause broadcasting chaos, so having a backup is wise. For maximum efficiency, the ideal setup should combine integrated splitters and changeover devices for seamless broadcasting.


10) Think About The Whole System

One of the major barriers to outdoor broadcasting efficiency is the system design. Often, various parts of the system have individually high levels of reliability, but when put together the result can be a performance mash-up. For the best results, work with a supplier who understands how to build an efficient broadcast infrastructure.


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Outdoor broadcasting doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience. With a little planning, expert guidance, and high-quality materials, the drama stays firmly in front of the camera. For more information about improving the efficiency of your outdoor broadcasting, send us a message today.  

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