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VRT and Videohouse build new Outside Broadcast Trucks with Grass Valley HD gear

VRT, the Flemish language national broadcaster in Belgium, has outsourced its outside broadcast services to supplier Videohouse which has committed to building two new high definition production trucks equipped with Grass Valley™ cameras, vision mixers, and routers. The new contract maintains Grass Valley’s a nearly 100% market share for broadcast HD system cameras in Belgium.

Signal Routing Infrastructure with Trinix NXT Routers

The first new truck, to be in service by the end of 2009, will be capable of handling 20 cameras. The second truck will be ready shortly after the first and will handle 16 cameras. The contract includes 19 Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite HD cameras which will be rotated between the two trucks. Two of the cameras will feature Grass Valley's HD wireless system, with the remaining 17 set up for HD triax transmission. Each truck will feature the new Kayenne™ XL package for the Kayak HD production switcher, which was introduced at NAB this year. This package combines the power, flexibility, and ease of use of the new Kayenne XL package with a powerful Kayak™ HD video processing frame for access to a new set of high-end features. The signal routing infrastructure for each of the vehicles also use the new generation Grass Valley Trinix™ NXT.

Videohouse is providing a continuing service to VRT

“Many ofthe broadcast operations in Belgium have selected Grass Valley HD cameras because they demonstrate excellent image quality and intuitive, repeatable performance,” said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. “We are delighted to be working with VRT and Videohouse on this project, particularly as these trucks will also benefit from the power and flexibility offered by our new Kayenne XL production switcher package and the signal performance of our new Trinix NXT router.” As part of the order, Grass Valley is also supplying Canon lenses and Vinten tripods and heads. While the new trucks are under construction, Videohouse is providing a continuing service to VRT using its existing fleet, which is already equipped with Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite HD cameras and Kayak production switchers. This ensures that the staff is completely familiar with the cameras and their operation, and uniformly high technical standards are maintained.