Grass Valley Equipment Takes Leading Role for 82nd Oscars
Veteran mobile production company NEP Supershooters, based in Pittsburgh, Penn., had three of its most advanced high-definition production trucks parked outside the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., complete with Grass Valley™ HD production equipment and systems, to televise the 82nd Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, March 7, live on the ABC television network.
NEP Supershooters has used Grass Valley equipment to cover the past six Oscar® telecasts, annually presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
NEP’s “Summit” truck covered the main HD telecast with a Grass Valley Kalypso™ HD Video Production Center switcher, and a Grass Valley Trinix™ 192×160 HD video router under Grass Valley Encore™ software control. The company’s “SS25” truck, used for the Red Carpet activities and other ancillary events, carries 14 LDK 8000 WorldCam multiformat HD cameras, a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher, and dozens of Grass Valley GeckoFlex™ signal processing modules.
The NEP Denali “Silver” truck supported the live broadcast, employing a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher and Grass Valley SMS7000 video router.
Additionally, A/V services company, ProQue was on site with one of their K2 Summit™ media servers tied to and controlled by one of the two Kalypso switchers, provided by NEP in their Summit and Silver trucks, used to cut the main show program feed.
For production companies that help produce a variety of HD events in different formats and resolutions with the same truck, the Grass Valley LDK 8000 WorldCam camera is the ideal choice. With its award-winning HD-DPM™+ imaging technology that features three 9.2 million pixel imagers, it can handle any type of production with ease. By manipulating the imagers at a sub-pixel level, the camera can produce native full resolution images for any HD acquisition format, with a consistent pin-sharp resolution while offering a very high sensitivity.
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