Mobile Broadcast System

The Mobile Broadcast System, “MBS” is the most versatile and cost effective alternative to an Outside Broadcast Truck.

Designed in-house by Hotcam, the MBS allows you to create a studio in just about any location or venue in the world.  It’s the system used for ITV's award winning shows "Britain’s Got Talent" & "The X Factor".

MBS is Hotcam’s modular solution for multi-camera shoots and filming scenarios, including complicated venues and difficult-to-reach locations.  The MBS system can be used for all genres including factual entertainmnet, reality, game shows, commercials, documentaries, corporate, fashion, sport, comedy, debates or anything that requires a multi-camera rig


  • Camera Formats: All are currently compatible with the MBS
  • Camcorders: MBS can utilise camcorders AND studio cameras
    • PSC & Studio based cameras are completely compatible and can be mixed with camcorders
    • Most set-ups are achievable through the MBS
    • Full racking and colour balancing is achievable at Vision Control using paint boxes and integrated using pushdown to link into a Grade 1 monitor for complete camera matching
  • Fibre Optic: makes any length of cable achievable between cameras and production galleries and video villages while video, audio, timecode, tallies, autocue, remote data and talkback to/from the cameras are embedded and multiplexed into the same cable allowing quick set-up and neat cable runs across the production
  • Modular Flypacks: built for easy transportation, fast setup and wrap
  • On Set: flexibility for directors, production and technicians.  Fixed locations for engineers and lighting director are a thing of the past!
  • ISO: MBS can ISO allowing flexibility to use as follows:
    • Vision Mix
      • Transmit Live
      • Record as Live
    • Edit in post production
  • Monitoring:
    • Setups can be as simple as a quad split or
    • As complex as a full production gallery with critical monitoring.
    • The MBS comes with a multi-viewer that can provide a confidence return from all cameras to include video, audio, time-code and tallies so that you can be assured that every camera is in sync
    • HD monitoring passes throughout the system ensuring accurate picture quality
    • Engineering: Grade 1 monitoring is a standard option
  • Audio:
    • Talkback: each camera has the capability of receiving two channels of talkback as well as programme sound, thus giving the operator an isolated comms feed of the director and a second channel to speak to Vision Control without interrupting the Director
    • Programme Sound: can be mixed down to the camera operator's headset so they can adjust their own talkback levels if required
  • Additional Equipment Modules:
    • If a vision mixer is required this module can easily be added to the system including giving tallies in the galleries and onboard the cameras
    • VT play-in and line records can also be added in any digital format

The are no con’s… let’s talk

If you’re looking for the best quality, speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness and would like to know more feel free to call or e-mail us

Ash Starr, Technical Manager


T: +44 (0)20 8742 1888


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