GearBox Expands UK Rental Market Offering with Grass Valley LDX Cameras

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GearBox, a UK-based rental company and part of the veteran broadcast technology supplier CVP Group, has acquired six LDX Première advanced imaging cameras and three LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 1X/3X/6X ultra-slow-motion cameras from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. This purchase expands the United Kingdom rental market offering and exemplifies the strategic partnership the two companies have formed.

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“CVP Group’s partnership with Grass Valley has opened a lot of new doors for us. By broadening our scope of offerings, our clients have the ability to grow their productions with an entirely new and versatile camera choice,” said Stephen Ratcliff, rental director, GearBox. “Also, with the purchase of the LDX XtremeSpeed cameras, we’re answering the growing demand in the UK for an ultra-slow-motion camera that can handle high frame rates,” he added. GearBox’s new LDX fleet will be utilized across a range of productions including in-studio and live sports.

Grass Valley’s LDX XS camera is the first handheld ultra-slow-motion camera and the first to deliver instant time-to-air with no internal camera storage requirement. It easily integrates into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X speeds (720p/1080i), and includes a 1X live output for standard-speed acquisition. Both cameras are built around Grass Valley’s unique proprietary Xensium-FT CMOS imager, delivering superb picture quality, high sensitivity and high dynamic range for a variety of production applications.

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Grass Valley’s future-ready XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission system supports the large real-time bandwidth required by the LDX XS cameras without any compromises. The rack-mounted XCU cradle is fully compatible with the 3G transmission XCUs, which makes the XCU chassis easily transportable between trucks, studios and flypacks.

“We’re so pleased that our LDX XS cameras are available to the rental market in the UK, with companies like GearBox benefiting from their numerous advantages,” commented Said Bacho, senior vice president, EMEA, Grass Valley. “We continue to design our LDX camera line with a strong focus on versatility and reduced operational costs, enabling our customers to limit their expenditures and deliver the best performance for all kind of productions.”

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