Thomson Grass Valley Switches at Cup

As Brazil and Germany battled in the FIFA World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan, millions of fans worldwide caught the action switched live with a Thomson Grass Valley digital production switcher.

Broadcasters in hundreds of countries took the output of the DD35 switcher and passed it to their own viewers untouched or added local language voice-overs and custom graphics from their studios. Slow-motion replays, 2D and 3D graphics and more than 23 camera views were routed through the DD35 via a serial digital connection.

The DD35 series is the foundation for Thomson Grass Valley's newest standard-definition production switcher, the XtenDD system. Introduced at NAB, the 7-RU switcher features LAN networking technology, high-performance chroma-key capabilities, machine control and macro key memory.

Bexel, a division of the Vitec Group plc, a broadcast rental company, provided the switcher. PMTV of King of Prussia, Pa., provided the crew.