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Mobile Production Companies rely on Grass Valley Technologies

OBVans at the Vancouver Winter Games

High-definition production equipment from Grass Valley™ will be extensively used in temporary production studios and on-site at many of the venues in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to bring home the live and tape-delayed telecasts of this year’s Winter Games in pristine HD to millions of worldwide viewers from February 12–28.

Mobile Production Companies from around the World

Mobile production companies from around the world, including Alfacam (Belgium), Corplex (Northfield, Ill.), Dome Productions (Toronto, Canada), F&F Mobile Productions (Clearwater, Fla.), Game Creek Video (Hudson, N.H.), and Trio Video (Chicago), will all be on-site at the various venues with HD production trucks that each feature numerous pieces of Grass Valley multiformat high-definition production equipment and systems. This includes Grass Valley LDK 6000 and 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras, LDK 8300 Super Slo-Mo (3X) camera systems, Grass Valley Kalypso™ and Kayak™ HD production switchers, Trinix™ and Concerto™ Series video routers, as well as GeckoFlex™ signal processing equipment.


Alfacam will have nine OB vans at the Games. OB 20 and OB 34 will cover the Biathlon events, OB 30 will cover Snowboarding, OB 31 will cover Aerials, OB 32 and OB 35 will cover Cross-country, OB 33 will cover the Ski Jump and OB 29 will cover the medal ceremonies. The ninth truck has been hired as a spare. Alfacam will be supplying Grass Valley LDK 6000 and 8000 cameras, 8300 Slo-Mo camera systems, and Grass Valley Kayak production switchers within their OB vans.


Production Area in one of Alfacam's HD OBVan


Corplex’s “Iridium” and "Platinum” HD trucks will be on hand to cover each of the Alpine Skiing events using Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switchers.


Corplex Platinum

Dome Productions

Dome Productions will have five mobiles working at the event, with “Horizon” and “Majestic” on site for Curling, “Spirit” and “Thunder” covering Hockey 1&2, as well as “Trillium” at the Figure Skating/Short Track venue. In addition to the above “Tribute” will cover CTV domestic Hockey. The Dome Production trucks feature the LDK 6000 WorldCam HD cameras, Kalypso HD production switchers, Trinix and Concerto routers.


Dome Productions OBVan Fleet

F&F Productions

F&F Productions will be working to assist in covering the captivating Opening and Closing ceremonies live from BC Place with its “GTX 15” and “GTX 12" production trucks, which each carry Grass Valley Kalypso HD switchers (with 90 inputs, 48 outputs, 3 mix/effects with program and preset, and quad downstream keyers), and Trinix and Concerto routers controlled by the Grass Valley Jupiter routing control system. In addition, F&F’s “GTX 11” will cover the Ski Jumping and Luge events.


Production Area GTX 15

Game Creek Video

Both Game Creek Video's "Patriot" and "Freedom" (both equipped with a Grass Valley Kalypso and HD GVeous effects units) will also be on-hand to cover the Games. "Patriot" will be covering the Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as Medal ceremonies for Hockey for CTV. "Freedom" will be working at Cypress Mountain (the snowboardingvenue) "Northstar HD" will also be on hand as emergency backup and will carry a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher.


One of Game Creek Video's HD OBVans

Trio Video

Trio Video’s “Rhythm” mobile unit, which carries a Kalypso 4ME, LDK 6000 HD WorldCam cameras, a Trinix HD (128X192), Concerto Series 128X128 AES & 96X96 analog router—controlled by the Grass Valley Jupiter routing control system — will be onsite for the Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as for coverage of each of the Men’s Hockey competitions for Dome Productions and CTV.