Grass Valley Gear Gets Super Bowl XLVI Work-Out
February 6, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO: Deployed by the country’s largest and most
experienced mobile production companies, a wide variety of live production
equipment from Grass Valley was
used for this year’s Super Bowl XLVI high-definition telecast—as well as for a
number of related programs shot during the week leading up to the big game.
NBC Sports broadcast the game live from Lucas Oil Stadium in
Indianapolis on Feb. The broadcast was supported by NEP Broadcasting of
Pittsburgh, Penn., and Game Creek Video of Hudson, N.H. Game Creek also worked
with ESPN on a variety of related shows leading up to the big event.
NEP Supershooters—a division of
NEP Broadcasting—had 10 trucks on-site in Indianapolis. Its ND3, ND4, and SS24 54-foot rigs covered the main game telecast, while another
six trucks helped produce a variety of game-related programming on location.
Many feature Grass Valley HD production gear—cameras, video production
switchers, routers, and signal conversion modules—in a variety of
NEP’s SS24 HD mobile production truck, one of the largest in the country
comprised of two, 53-foot double expando trailers combined, features a Grass
Valley Kalypso Video Production Center switcher, as well as Trinix NXT and
Concerto Series routing switchers. The company’s SS25 truck was used for the
NFL’s World Feed and carries a Kalypso switcher, more than 12 Grass Valley LDK
8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras, as well as Grass Valley Trinix and Concerto
NEP’s California truck helped broadcast the live halftime show featuring
Madonna, and its Summit truck covered the NFL Hall of Fame event. The ND4,
California, and Summit vehicles all include Kalypsos on board.
Game Creek Video had several of its mobile
production trucks on hand in Indianapolis to help produce programs for ESPN and
NBC. The company’s Freedom
truck, complete with a Kalypso with dual external HD GVeous effects units,
handled various ESPN studio shows during the entire week from Pan Am Plaza. The
company’s Northstar truck, equipped
with a Grass Valley Kayenne Video Production Center on board, will cover ESPN’s
“Sports Center” live coverage also from Pan Am Plaza, while the “Larkspur” mobile unit, also with a
Kayenne, will broadcast for ESPN from Lucas Oil Stadium. For NBC, Game Creek’s Kayenne-equipped
Victory truck was used to
produce the “Live Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show on location in
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