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International Broadcasters Rely on Grass Valley Live Production Technologies During EURO2012 Games(July 05, 2012)
and Poland, was supported by outside broadcast (OB) trucks from across Europe that used more
multiformat high-definition (HD) and super slow-motion cameras from Grass Valley(tm) than any
In total, at least 130 Grass Valley system cameras were used to cover the matches across eight
cities; this included at least 95 LDK HD camera systems and 35 LDK 8300 Live Super SloMo camera
systems. In addition, a majority of the video production switchers used in the OB trucks were
Grass Valley switchers and several Grass Valley video routing switchers were used for the live
Belgium-based Alfacam, an international TV broadcasting services provider, deployed 50 LDK 8000
Elite multiformat cameras and 16 LDK 8300 Live Super SloMo cameras in tandem with four of its
all-HD outside broadcast production units. These come from the huge pool of Grass Valley cameras
that Alfacam regularly uses across all of its 21 OB trucks and 16 sound stages. Alfacam has also
standardized on Grass Valley production and routing switchers, using Kayak(tm) and Kayenne(tm)
Video Production Center switchers as well as Trinix(tm) NXT routers.
France-based Euromedia supplied four OB vans for the tournament, two of which are equipped with
20 LDK-series HD cameras and seven LDK 8300 Live Super SloMo camera systems. The four OB vans also
used Grass Valley production switchers-two Kayenne switchers and two Kalypso(tm) switchers-all
configured with a full 4.5 M/E chassis.
Germany's Studio Berlin Adlershof had four mobile units at Gdansk and Warsaw with 50 cameras
(LDK 6000 and LDK 8000 Elite) and 16 LDK 8300 Live Super SloMo cameras on site, as well as the
Kayenne and Kayak production switchers and Trinix NXT routing switchers.
MediaTec, in Sweden, sent one OB van with five Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite cameras to cover one
of the matches.
"Our crews and freelance operators all recognize Grass Valley cameras and production switchers,
are instantly familiar with them, and know how to get the best out of them," said Sven Marinus,
CEO of Alfacam Group. "We have worked with Grass Valley for a long time; they listen to and
incorporate our suggestions, which makes using Grass Valley cameras very easy and predictable."
"The LDK 8000 Elite and LDK 8300 camera systems are widely seen as the standard for premium
high definition outside broadcast production, not only because crews are familiar with their
functionality but, most importantly, because they deliver a visibly better picture than any
other camera on the market," said Alan Wright, Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East
and Africa for Grass Valley. "When combined with our switchers, producers get the benefit of
the best possible pictures with the most creative on-screen production techniques to give viewers
the entertainment experience they expect."
*Disclaimer: Grass Valley is not an official sponsor of the Euro2012, nor is it affiliated
in any way with the Euro 2012, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Euro, FIFA,
or the UEFA European Football Championship. Information supplied in this release does not
imply endorsement from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League]. [Euro 2012, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Euro, FIFA, UEFA European Football Championship are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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