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05.07.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Mobile production companies support FOX Sports HD initiative with Thomson Gear

Five new all-digital HD-capable mobile production trucks will roll out this fall to help FOX Sports cover up to six NFL games per week in 720p HD.



National Mobile Television (NMT) is building two new 50-foot HD trucks each equipped with 10 Thomson Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam HD cameras for FOX Sports.

Three mobile production companies - including F&F Productions, in St. Petersburg Fla.; National Mobile Television, based in NY; and NEP Supershooters, in Pittsburgh. PA - have all committed to building five all-HD broadcast trucks and equipping them with more than $10 million worth of Grass Valley HD production equipment from Thomson.

F&F Productions will build two new 52-foot HD trucks, based around two Kalypso HD switchers with HD Grass Valley GVeous digital effects units, a Trinix and a Concerto router, and dozens of Kameleon modular products. Each truck will also feature a full complement of Fujinon HD wide-angle sports zoom lenses, HD zoom lenses and HD ENG-style lenses for handheld cameras.

National Mobile Television (NMT) is building two new 50-foot HD trucks and equipping each with 10 Thomson Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam HD cameras, a Kalypso HD switcher, and a Trinix router. With this new agreement, NMT will now operate three HD trucks based around Grass Valley equipment, including employing 43 total LDK 6000 cameras.

NEP Supershooters will add one HD truck to its fleet by the fall. The truck will include 12 Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam HD cameras, a Kalypso HD switcher, and a Trinix HD router. NEP operates three other HD trucks totally outfitted with Grass Valley digital HD production gear. Last year NEP Supershooters also became the first North American customer for Thomson’s new Grass Valley C2IP (Camera Control over IP network) camera control system. For more information visit www.thomsongrassvalley.com.

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