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Santa Monica City Set to Purchase New Video Production Truck, Equipment


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By Lookout Staff

June 13, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica is proposing to spend $625,471 for a new video production truck and equipment, saying the current version is at the end of a 15-year life cycle and already sometimes failing.

The City Council is considering an agreement with IPTV International, Inc., dba TV Pro Gear, a California-based company, to purchase the video production truck as well as the installation of new “infrastructure and production equipment,” a report to the council said.

The agreement with TV Pro Gear would not exceed $625,471, including a $43,173 contingency, and be in effect for a year.

According to the staff report, CityTV needs to replace its 15-year-old mobile production vehicle and “aging video equipment in order to continue providing a full range of on-location video production services.”

“The current vehicle and equipment is at the end of its life cycle and is already subject to intermittent failures while in use,” the report said.

Staff recommends TV Pro Gear for purchase of the truck and production equipment, with retrofitting of the vehicle and installation of the new equipment.

The new truck and equipment would be in service later this year.

The vehicle is used to livestream and broadcast public meetings not held in the Council Chambers, such as school board meetings and council meetings during construction of the City Services Building.

It would also be used for events involving multiple camera set-up, such as the Twilight Concerts, parades, and sporting events.

“Coverage of these types of productions requires sophisticated equipment in order to provide high quality programming for immediate viewing,” the report said.

The proposed equipment costs $396,964 and includes HD camera/lenses, live streaming, graphics, video and audio mixing equipment.

The proposed vehicle meets green requirements and would be retrofitted to accommodate installation of the equipment.

The truck itself would cost $128,653, with another $56,681 for labor.

The report said the new vehicle has an expected life cycle of about twelve years. Some of the production equipment would need replacement in five to six years, it said.


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