Mobile TV Group Builds Triple-Feed Truck With Grass Valley
53-foot expando “33HDX” and straight “VMU33” to serve the regional sports market with LDX Series cameras
February 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO— Mobile TV Group has selected Grass Valley to supply the cameras and production
switcher for its first triple-feed mobile production truck for sports
The 33HDX will be
built by sister company Colorado Studios and feature 11 of new high-performance
LDX Series cameras and an 8 M/E Kayenne Video Production Center switcher with
three control surfaces: a 4 stripe Kayenne control panel, a 2 stripe Kayenne
control panel and a 1 M/E KSP soft-panel. Mobile TV Group also chose the LDX
Première, a high-performance dual-format HD camera.
truck is designed to produce three distinct productions from a single event,
and home shows will be produced from the usual 100-display production area in
33HDX, the visitor’s telecast will come out of a three-bench production room in
VMU33, and a third feed will come from the traditional dual-feed room of 33HDX.
A triple-feed truck can also accommodate Spanish language feeds and
and VMU33—which are integrated with video, audio and intercom— will have three
production areas, three integrated audio rooms and two networked replay areas.
“33HDX will have
a lot of firsts for Mobile TV Group to better serve our customers,” said Philip
Garvin, general manager for Mobile TV Group. “The 11 LDX Première cameras will
be the first of the LDX Series cameras in our fleet, and we can’t wait to start
using these advanced cameras. Teamed with the Grass Valley Kayenne with
K-Frame, we’ll also have our first triple-feed truck. Until the Kayenne with K-Frame,
a triple-feed truck wasn’t practical because it needs more than two control
panels. We need at least three control panels and enough mix-effects buses so
that all three feeds have the M/E power they need to do a quality show. Grass
Valley made the triple-feed 33HDX and VMU33 possible.”
One of the primary
benefits of the triple-feed system is that it requires shorter set-up time as
venue video and audio sources need only to be connected to one truck (33HDX).
Distribution to VMU33 will be through dedicated trunk lines, and the resources
of a single production switcher, routing switcher and intercom system are also shared.
“This new triple
feed truck is a great example of how we are enabling our customers to produce
more, high quality content from a single event,” said Tim Thorsteinson,
President and CEO of Grass Valley. “33HDX showcases the flexibility and image
quality of our new LDX Series Cameras along with the power and flexibility of
our Kayenne Video Production Center. A few years ago, the production power of
an 8 M/E switcher was unheard of, but Kayenne makes up to 9 M/Es—possible, with
multiple suites. This brings an entire new way of thinking about how live
programming is produced.”
33HDX and VMU33
are currently under construction, with deployment expected in May 2013, to Fox
Sports West’s telecasts of the Los Angeles Clippers, Angels, Dodgers and Kings,
and the Anaheim Ducks.