Gearhouse Broadcast Rolls Out New 4K Mobile Command Center


Gearhouse Broadcast USA is about to debut Columbus, what they are calling “the first mobile 4K monitor wall” with hydraulic deployment, and integrated RF (mast included). 

The mobile unit is IP-ready and equipped with 24 Boland 4K monitors in the main control room monitor wall — driven either as quad splits or single input 4K monitors from the main router — giving total flexibility in HD or 4K. It also features 16 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD cameras with the capability to add an additional six RF cameras or a further four Sony HDC-4300s. Hitachi SK-HD1200 camera systems will be deployed for applications outside of 4K. 

Columbus’ master systems control (VSM) gives operators ultimate control, and maximum flexibility, with Wi-Fi tablets available to control and assign sources and monitoring in the various operational areas, including the monitor wall. This facilitates the initial set-up of the unit for production and allows the operators to very easily make changes during production with just “one touch,” rather than having to re-route video, audio and control features independently. 

Additionally, Columbus utilizes a Grass Valley Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher along with four 12-channel EVS ChannelMAX live-production servers. An Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 router is supported by a Lawo VSM control and monitoring platform. Audio is supported via a Lawo mc256 (64 fader) audio mixer and communications are managed using the new RTS Adam matrix intercom. Wireless communication is supported via a Clear-Com Eclipse Delta frame running FreeSpeak II allowing point-to-point four-wire beltpack usage. 

Columbus was built by A Smith of Great Bentley (ASGB Ltd). Its layout features adjustable monitors in the main control room, as well as over-specified air conditioning that is both efficient and quiet. Operators have the ability to change level and color of the interior lighting scheme as well. 

Here are all the specs.