Grass Valley Technology Sends Home the Oscars

The broadcasting of the Oscars 2011

High-definition technology from Grass Valley™ once again played a starring role in the live broadcast and the numerous complementary activities surrounding the 83rd Academy Awards® telecast on February 27 on the ABC Television Network in the US. In fact, Grass Valley has supported the Oscar® ceremonies every year for the past several years.

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Veteran production company NEP Broadcasting, based in Pittsburgh, Penn., had a total of five HD-capable production trucks on site at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Calf., each dedicated to a specific part of the world famous telecast, and each with Grass Valley HD cameras, switchers, servers, and/or routing equipment on board.

NEP's "Denali Summit” handled the main Oscar telecast, using a Grass Valley Kalypso™ HD video production switcher, several K2 media servers, and a large Trinix™ NXT router.

The NEP "SS25" truck helped capture the festivities of the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show for ABC, which aired just prior to the awards show. The truck carries a Kalypso and more than a dozen LDK 8000 HD cameras.

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Also on the line-up was "Denali Silver”, which was used to produce the main International Oscar broadcast feed, which also houses a Kalypso HD switcher and a Trinix NXT router.

The other two production trucks (SSNB4 and SS20) were utilized by media organizations covering the red carpet arrivals with live telecasts from the site.

Oscars 2011

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