July 20, 2009 â€“ The Mobile Television Group, which operates one of the nationâ€™s largest fleets of high-definition mobile production trucks, is the first in the U.S. to use the new Grass Valleyâ„¢ Kayenneâ„¢ multi-format (HD/SD) Video Production Center switcher on air for live sports production. The company recently installed one of the first Kayenne production models on board its new 53-foot expando â€œ25HDXâ€? HD mobile production truck, which produced its first Major League Baseball game in HD on Monday, July 20.
The new truck, which was built by Denver-based Colorado Studios, also carries 10 Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite HD cameras, which can operate in both the 720p and 1080i HD formats. It is scheduled to produce regionally televised baseball games on July 20- 22 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The truck will also produce a Fox Sports regional telecast on July 27 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and a Fox Sports national telecast of the Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay, on July 31.
â€œWe started with Grass Valley 300 switchers, then 3000s, 4000s, Kalypsoâ„¢ and Kayakâ„¢ systems, so weâ€™re excited to be part of the launch of the Kayenne,â€? said Philip Garvin, owner/manager of Mobile TV Group. “Based on our past experience with Grass Valley products, this switcher will provide our clients with an even higher level of performance. We have always relied on Grass Valley production switchers for our mobile trucks because they perform better than any other switcher on the market and our operators are very familiar with how they work. And the Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite HD camera is second to none in terms of image quality.â€?
With mobile units located in most major markets in the U.S., the Mobile TV Group helps produce live sports and entertainment events across the country. The company also uses Grass Valley Kalypso and Kayak HD production switchers as well as LDK 6000 and LDK 8000 cameras on board its other trucks.
About The Kayenne Video Production Center
The new Grass Valley Kayenne Series of video production switchers offer many new groundbreaking features that once again put Grass Valley at the forefront of switcher innovation. This next-generation product line offers a wide range of configurable mainframes that can include from 1.5 to 4.5 mix/effects (M/Es). It also features a newly designed panel with definable color change RGB buttons and a menu navigation system optimized for touch-screen use. All Kayenne frame and panel modules, including the redundant power supplies, are hot-swappable to minimize any impact on production downtime. A new control panel is laid out in such a way that its many new features are immediately familiar to technical directors used to working on Grass Valley switchers and to those who have not.