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Grass Valley Revs Up Daytona 500 in HD for FOX

Action captured and transmitted for FOX Network in full high-definition (February 23, 2005)

The 47th annual ?Great American Race was broadcast live on February 20 from Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla., and all of the fast-paced action and unique in-car views from this years Daytona 500, the premiere event in the popular 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, is being captured and transmitted for the FOX Network in full high-definition (HD) video with a full complement of Grass Valley brand digital production equipment from Thomson.

Three HD trucks (ND-1, ST-25 and ST-27) owned and operated by veteran mobile production company NEP Supershooters will be connected via fiber as one big production network to produce the live broadcasts for FOX in the 720p HD format and share two Grass Valley Kalypso HD Video Production Center switchers, more than 15 LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam HD cameras, two LDK 23Hs mk II SloMo cameras, both a Trinix and Concerto Series router, and numerous Kameleon and Gecko modular signal conversion products. NEP is also using with the Grass Valley C2IP system to control and synchronize the cameras from the trucks.

Fresh from its highly successful Super Bowl XXXIX telecast in Jacksonville, Fla., with Grass Valley equipment, NEP is covering the pre-race fanfare and the complete 500-lap race using a total of six different all-digital trucks?three HD for FOX; two SD for the international feed, the in-car and large-screen stadium video displays; and a sixth SD truck to provide tape delay coverage for the Speed Channel.

Standard-definition and analog NTSC audiences will get a down-converted image from the output of the Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam HD cameras, which will improve their television viewing experience as well. The three HD mobile trucks from NEP Supershooters will travel the country to cover the year-round television production of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season for FOX.

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