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NEP, F&F Productions rely on Grass Valley HD gear for NCCA hoops finals

Grass Valley high-definition digital production equipment, including HD cameras, switchers, servers, routers and modular products, were used by two major mobile production companies to help CBS Sports cover the Final Four Weekend of the NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball tournament, as well as the Women’s event, for ESPN.

F&F Productions and NEP Supershooters had their all-digital production trucks on site in the RCA Dome beginning April 1 to televise different aspects of the three main games. The HD telecast of the men’s finals was presented in 1080i.

F&F Productions, based in Clearview, FL, operated its GTX14 truck, which is built around a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher, Trinix and Concerto routers, and two four-channel Grass Valley Profile PVS 2000 HD video servers.

NEP Supershooters, located in Pittsburgh, dispatched its SS-27 truck, which has a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher, more than a dozen LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam cameras, a Trinix video routing switcher, Concerto Series audio routing switcher and an assortment of Gecko and Kameleon signal conversion modules.

NEP also covered the Final Four Weekend of the NCAA Division I Women’s College Basketball tournament for ESPN live from Banknorth Garden arena in Boston, which began on April 2. The company sent its SS-20 and SS-28 mobile production trucks, each equipped with a Kalypso production switcher, Trinix router and multiple WorldCam HD cameras. The telecasts were broadcast in the 720p HD format, using the same model LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam cameras as the CBS shoot in 1080i HD.

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