Fletcher Sports Goes Extreme

Grass Valley’s LDX XtremeSpeed Cameras for Live Sports Production

For cutting-edge productions at high-end sporting events, Fletcher Sports has purchased four LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion cameras and four XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. The powerful LDX XS camera integrates seamlessly into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X (720p/1080i) speeds for ultimate versatility, including a standard-speed 1X live output.

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“As a company that operates in a high-demand environment, we need to have reliable equipment that helps us deliver quality content in real-time to hungry audiences,” said Dan Grainge, vice president at Fletcher Sports. “As we sought to upgrade our slow motion cameras from 3X to 6X speed, the decision to go with Grass Valley’s LDX XS camera system was an easy one. The ergonomics, and the look and feel of the camera make it stand out and the components are easy to use.”

Grainge went on to add that “our sports production customers are very happy with the performance of the cameras and we’re very happy because the reliability of the product is outstanding, and the integration and support from Grass Valley is outstanding.”

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The LDX XS camera is the perfect addition for super-slow motion and ultra-slow motion applications and delivers instant time-to-air capabilities, so that the ultra-slow motion footage from the LDX XS is available immediately to Fletcher Sport's customers. This means they don't have to wait for the camera to transfer clips from an internal storage device.

LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion camera and XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission solution

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“We take pride in knowing that Grass Valley products are being used to cover some of the most well-known and watched sporting events in the world,” said Stephen Stubelt, vice president of North American sales, Grass Valley. “In addition to helping us secure market share with the LDX XS on “A” trucks, we are pleased to continue providing the best possible products and service to Fletcher Sports.”

To fully support both ultra (6X) and super (3X) slow-motion operations, Fletcher Sports also purchased the high-speed XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission system, which utilizes the same XCU cradles as the single-speed range of the XCU base. Because the XCU's unique cradle can be pre-mounted and pre-wired in the rack, it can quickly and easily be transferred between OB vans and studios.

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About Grass Valley
The new Grass Valley keeps broadcasters, content owners and service providers future-ready as they navigate the changing landscape of television. With the most comprehensive collection of workflow solutions in the industry, Grass Valley delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution workflows that enable the efficiency and flexibility broadcasters need to stay competitive today—while offering technological foresight they need to keep pace with consumers’ desires for more content on more devices. Grass Valley, headquartered in Montreal, leverages the collective expertise and depth of the Grass Valley Group and Miranda Technologies, each having been acquired by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. Belden delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world.

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