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CNN Election Express puts HD newsgathering on the road
The CNN Election Express has hit the road again traveling from election hot spots to campaign battlefields as part of the network’s coverage of the 2008 presidential campaigns.
The mobile news bureau combines the capabilities of a studio, editing room and production facility with those of a satellite truck.
A Prevost H-45, the CNN Election Express accommodates up to 20 people in its newsroom and is a fully HD mobile news production vehicle. The 45ft bus is wired for WiFi Internet connectivity and supports four HD cameras, 10 LCD monitors and a 42in plasma screen. The CNN Election Express also maintains a tracking BGAN transmission platform that allows the bus to transmit video while in motion. A top-of-the-line editing system and video production server provide full post-production capabilities.
To date, the CNN Election Express has served as the studio for interviews with presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. John McCain.
The studio configuration includes a lighting grid with full power to allow quick setup for interviews. The video equipment onboard also can be used outside for interviews and live shots.
The next stops for the CNN Election Express include Iowa for the state’s upcoming caucuses, New Hampshire for the nation’s first primary elections and visits to Myrtle Beach, SC, and Los Angeles for CNN’s coverage remaining presidential primary debates.