Super Bowl:Grass Valley Kalypso Switchers Return

The Grass Valley Kalypso HD Video Production Center switcher is returning again to pro football's big game.

The Kalypso will handle all the snaps of Super Bowl XLIII Sunday from Tampa in 1080i aboard an all-HD NEP Supershooters production truck. NEP—like the Steelers, based in Pittsburgh—will also provide a Kalypso-based truck to NBC for the production of the Super Bowl halftime show.

Read more about the Super Bowl, NBC and NEP in the Jan. 21 edition of TV Technology. Read about the use of Sony high-definition cameras at the big game here.

The Grass Valley switcher will handle the more than 75 cameras in and around Raymond James Stadium.

Other TV networks, including ESPN and Fox Sports Net, are already using other production trucks based around the Grass Valley switcher for game-related programming.

NEP trucks include the ND4, complete with a 90-input Kalypso HD switcher (for the NFL world feed), and NEP’s Denali Silver (configured for HD or SD operation) with a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher (for the Super Bowl halftime show).

Game Creek Video is also on hand in to support ESPN with its Yankee Clipper truck, also with a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher. Game Creek is producing shows including “Pardon the Interruption,” “Sports Center,” “Mike & Mike,” “Countdown Daily,” NFL Live,” “NFL Matchup” and “Outside the Lines” from several on-site studios set up temporarily inside and outside the stadium.

In addition, F&F Productions, based in Clearwater, Fla., is producing “The Best Damn Sports Show” on FSN with the F&F GTX-12 HD truck on site in Ybor City, Fla., near Tampa. The truck is providing FSN with an 88-monitor production wall tied to a 90-input Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher on board.