The Mobile Television Group (MTVG), which operates one of the nationâ€™s largest fleets of high-definition mobile production trucks, has ordered 20 new LDK 8000 Elite cameras, from Grass Valleyâ„¢.
MTVG selected the new LDK 8000 Elite cameras based on the success of the LDK 6000 cameras. The LDK 8000 cameras, which are slated for MTVGâ€™s newest truck â€” 26HDX and for upgrades on 7HDX and PUMA-1 â€” can utilize the same base station and OCP (operational control panel) units as the LDK 6000 cameras they will be replacing.
The Denver-based operation purchased the cameras and will take advantage of the LDK 8000 Eliteâ€™s ability to acquire images in every HD format for its diverse live sports, and entertainment client base. The new 26HDX truck will also include a 256X512 Trinixâ„¢ NXT HD routing switcher populated with 160 HD-SDI inputs by 320 HD-SDI outputs.
â€œWe have had great success with the LDK Series cameras and our customers love the images they produce,â€? said Philip Garvin, President of Colorado Studio and owner/manager of Mobile Television Group. â€œFor our newest truck, it just made sense to purchase the latest technology Grass Valley has to offer and the companyâ€™s cameras offer value, performance, and reliability.â€?
â€œThe Mobile Television Group has been a pioneer in HD production in North America and has a keen sense of what works and what doesnâ€™t, and we are pleased to be a continued supplier for many of the technologies it uses across its fleet,â€? said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. â€œAs a long time customer, MTVG has been a great partner and helped field test many of our cameras, production switchers, and other technologies. This latest purchase of LDK 8000 cameras further strengthens our relationship.â€?
In addition to Grass Valley cameras, MTVG installed the first Kayenneâ„¢ Video Production Center in July 2009, and was the first in North America to use the Kayenne live on-air on board its 25HDX truck, which also carries eight LDK 8000 HD cameras with triax adapters. Thanks to a smooth installation and a very positive reception by customers and technical directors who have used it, the company has bought a third Kayenne switcher as well for 26HDX.
With mobile units located in most major markets in the U.S., the Mobile Television Group helps produce live sports and entertainment events across the country. The company also uses Grass Valley Kalypsoâ„¢ and Kayakâ„¢ HD production switchers as well as LDK 6000 and LDK 8000 cameras on board its other trucks