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01.30.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Super Bowl XL on ABC Sports in SD/HD simulcast

ABC Sports will present live and exclusive HD and SD coverage of Super Bowl XL, pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks from Ford Field in Detroit, MI, this Sunday.

The 40th Super Bowl will be ABC Sports' seventh production of the event. This year it will use 36 cameras: 20 Grass Valley LDK 6000 Worldcam HD cameras, including six Grass Valley LDK 6200 Super Slo-Mo units; seven handheld LDK 6000s, including two Super Slo-Mos, two RF and one SteadyCam; five robotic cameras, including two fixed on the goal lines; two remote pan-and-tilt cameras on Field Goal posts; a Sky-Cam camera suspended above the playing field, and several unmanned cameras mounted throughout Ford Field.

Other equipment includes use of the “1st & Ten” electronic first down marker; 40 digital video replay sources; three Telestrator systems; a digital post-production facility on site; 60 microphones, including 12 on-field parabolic microphones; 29 mobile vehicles; more than 500 monitors in control trucks, announce positions and offices; 90 miles of camera and microphone cable; and more than 400 production, technical, administrative and support crews.

NEP Supershooters will be onsite to cover the action. The mobile production company will produce the game with seven trucks that all feature Grass Valley digital production equipment. These trucks are relying on Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II Worldcam HD cameras, XtenDD and Kalypso SD, HD and 4000 series SD switchers, as well as the Trinix and Concerto, and SMS 7000 Series routing switchers.

Among the trucks, NEP will send its 53ft SS-26 to produce the actual game telecast, while its SS-18 and SS-20 will handle the pre- and post game shows. SS-26 carries 22 Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II Worldcam HD cameras and base stations, as well as an XtenDD 35 switcher with 90 inputs. The truck is based around a Grass Valley Trinix 160x128 HD video router, a Trinix 256x256 SD router, and a Concerto Series 256x256 analog/AES audio router.

NEP’s Silver HD truck, which features numerous LDK 6000 mk II Worldcam HD cameras, a Kalypso HD switcher, and SMS7000 Series routing switcher, will produce the game’s halftime show.

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