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Santa Cruz CTV’s Production Truck has Broadcast Pix Production System

New truck provides broadcast-quality coverage of high school sports, youth athletics and local cultural events.

Community Television (CTV) of Santa Cruz County—the public access channel for that community—has launched a new HD video production truck which features the new 1080i truck is a Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 live video production system, says Broadcast Pix in a written statement.

CTV of Santa Cruz County serves 75,000 households by producing public, education, and government programming and the new HD video production truck is to provide broadcast-quality coverage of high school sports, youth athletics, and local cultural events.

Since it became operational in December 2010, the converted 33-foot Ford motor coach has been used extensively to cover Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League high school basketball and soccer games and championships, Monterey Bay League boy’s soccer, and other sporting events. CTV uses its truck to produce an average of three hours of programming each week, which is carried by three local cable systems and is available on demand at CTV’s website.

“Granite 1000 brings all the features and functionality we need to produce visually exciting local programs cost effectively,” said Craig Jutson, CTV’s director of technology. “While many factors led to our choice of Granite, price was a critical issue because we needed to accomplish our production goals while staying within our truck budget.”

Jutson credits Granite 1000 in large part for holding the line on truck costs (which totaled nearly $270,000) without sacrificing performance and operational ergonomics. “While we considered many top conventional and PC-based production switchers, Granite 1000 was the only one that incorporated all the functionality we needed in a way that enables small crews to produce a multi-camera show in a very small footprint,” he said.

The truck also features four new Hitachi Z-HD5000 EFP HD cameras, a Datavideo HDR-50 hard drive video recorder, NewTek 3Play multi-channel slow motion replay system, Mackie Onyx 32.4 analog audio mixer, and Zoom R16 digital multi-track audio recorder.