TecNec gives small-budget sportscasters mobility

TecNec Distributing’s latest low-cost production trailer, the VPTR-1, is now available. The rack-ready 20-foot by 8.5-foot audio and video production trailer, with a ceiling height of 6.5 feet, is fully heated and air-conditioned and comes pre-wired with heavy-duty AC wiring. It is ideal for television studios and stations with limited budgets looking to shoot local sports and news events.

“The VPTR-1 has all the features of an OB unit at the cost of a portable case, making it ideal for quality, cost-efficient production,” said Andy Barth, vice president at TecNec Distributing. “With an equipment-accommodation wall comprising four 6-foot-high 19-inch EIA racks, a 7-foot-wide adjustable console situated for maximum proximity to a switcher, and a 4-foot-deep work room, among many other features, it rivals many of the costlier OB vans on the market today.”

The VPTR-1 features a professional all-white exterior. The interior of the trailer is carpeted and finished in a no-glare, medium-grey, high-tech acoustic fabric, ideal for maintaining a quiet and calm production environment. It is fully wired for AC shore power, with a full-size, 30-A capacity AC breaker box controlling the trailer’s 110-A wiring. The trailer also features stylish and dimmable track lighting, as well as outside quartz task lighting. Operators can access the rear of the rack wall via twin swing-out doors on the rear of the trailer. Users can access the unit through a 36-inch-wide passenger door located on the curb-side of the unit.

Other production features of the VPTR-1 include three cable feed-through hatch doors, as well as a full audio, video, CAT5, and telco I/O panel, located outside the hatch door, featuring Canare and Neutrik connectors for quick and efficient interfacing. Standard features of the trailer include, but are not limited to, Dexter Torflex twin axles, E-Z lube hubs with Grease Zerks, premium radial tires, chrome mag-style wheels, a 15,000-BTU roof AC unit with heat strip, one motorized and one passive roof vent with rain guards, four lockable cable I/O doors, an eight-foot moveable console table, dual rear stabilizers, 3,600 pounds of extra gear-carrying capability, and 2,900 pounds of curb weight.