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03.07.2005
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Pinnacle, Telestream and Thomson gear help 2005 Academy Awards broadcast


Pinnacle Systems’ Deko 3000HD real-time graphics systems delivered all of the live on-air graphics for the Oscar telecast.
Several broadcast equipment manufacturers played supporting roles in this year’s 77th Annual Academy Awards, televised Sunday, Feb. 27, in both SD and HD.

Pinnacle Systems’ Deko 3000HD real-time graphics systems delivered all of the live on-air graphics, while a multitude of Thomson and Telestream equipment was also employed during the broadcast.

Veteran mobile truck company NEP Supershooters handled the graphics-intensive 720p HD production, simulcast in both SD and HD, with four of its 52ft multiformat HD production trucks: “Denali,” “Silver,” “Gold” and “SS-20” on site in Hollywood.

The mobile units were equipped with three Grass Valley Kalypso HD video production center switchers; two GVeous HD digital video effects systems; two Profile PVS 2000 XP Media HD servers; several Profile PVS 1000 XP Media SD servers; and at least 20 LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam multiformat digital cameras. Another dozen Grass Valley LDK 6000 WorldCam HD cameras were used to cover the outdoor red carpet pre-show events, being switched through the trucks.

A/V system supplier ProQue automatically received converted and moved digital movie clips destined for on-stage display at the Academy Awards presentation using Telestream’s FlipFactory Pro and Thomson’s Grasss Valley Profile servers inside the Kodak Theatre.

NEP Supershooters deployed Pinnacle’s Deko to support the main event broadcast on ABC, as well as ABC and TV Guide pre-show programming.

For more information, visit www.pinnaclesys.com, www.telestream.com and www.thomsongrassvalley.com.

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