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RaceTech Takes Grass Valley HD Cameras and Switchers to the Races in the UK and Ireland(February 02, 2011)
The new Grass Valley LDK 4000 Elite cameras and Kayak(tm) HD switchers will be used by RaceTech
crews on board three new HD outside broadcast (OB) vehicles to produce live and tape-delayed racing
programming for Racing UK. This significant order includes 22 LDK 4000 Elite cameras, which have
been ordered to acquire images in the 1080i/50 HD format.
Each of the three new OB vans will also be equipped with a Grass Valley Kayak 1.5 M/E HD switcher,
which can handle the variety of standard-definition and HD projects RaceTech requires, and includes
important live production features such as clean feed, HD graphics keying, and replay control
directly from the switcher panel.
"We have used Grass Valley cameras for the last eight years, so we're very comfortable with them,"
said Mick Both, Director of Engineering and Technical Operations for RaceTech. "We considered all
the cameras available on the market, and Grass Valley offered us the best performance and value.
We also like the customer support we have received in the past and know that it will continue going
"We understand the needs of customers like RaceTech that want to produce high-quality content in a
single 'house' format and that's why we offer cost-effective HD cameras in single-format versions,
like the LDK 4000 Elite," said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley. "What we're
seeing is that production companies like the flexibility to choose what they need without having to
buy what they don't. And the Kayak is ideally suited to the types of productions RaceTech is doing
on a daily basis."
RaceTech provides television services at more than 1,000 horse race events in the UK each year.
From a single truck, it supports several broadcast platforms, such as Racing UK's direct-to-home
satellite channel and Turf TV, its service to off-course betting shops. The trucks will also feed
the large screens around the course and will be used for ISO recording and playback of all cameras
when required as well as providing feeds for national broadcasters Channel4 and BBC.
"Our trucks are on the road all year long, and our switchers are critical in providing all the
different outputs we need," continued Both. "The Kayak delivers on all of our requirements and
the quality of customer support was also a key deciding factor in its selection and the crew
couldn't be happier using it."
The Grass Valley LDK 4000 Elite single-format HD production camera is available as either a 720p
or 1080i camera head. It features low power consumption and Grass Valley's leading HD-DPM+(tm)
technology that produces images unrivaled by any camera in the industry. Combined with Grass Valley
frame transfer CCD technology, this ensures perfectly clean, low noise signals free from artifacts
such as vertical smearing and aliasing. Dynamic anti-aliasing-on-sensor processing reduces
artifacts. A SuperXpander large lens adapter enables configuration with full size studio or mobile
lenses as well as accessories.
The Grass Valley Kayak HD and HD-upgradeable Kayak SD switcher family includes 14 highly affordable
systems designed for live production, small corporate studios, and editing applications in
environments requiring HD and/or SD production capabilities. This powerful, multi-format expansion
of the popular Kayak family features a compact design, superior image quality, and a number of
high-end features not found in any other manufacturers' products. Kayak HD is also available with
an optional Kayenne(tm) XL control panel.
About Racing UK
Racing UK is the premier independent horseracing broadcaster in the UK and Ireland. The specialist
channel was set-up in 2004 and is dedicated to broadcasting more than 650 live race meetings a year
with commentary, debate and tipping from 30 of the UK's top racecourses. Racing UK services more
than 45,000 commercial and residential subscribers. Racing UK is available on Sky 432 (UK, NI, ROI),
Virgin 536 (UK) or UPC 411 (ROI). For more information or to subscribe, go to www.racinguk.com
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