Grass Valley Fingerprints All Over NBA Playoffs Coverage

The 2010 NBA Playoffs began on April 18 and is being broadcast live on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV using a host of the latest Grass Valley HD production equipment.

Game Creek Video and NEP Supershooters are both providing several of their respective HD production vehicles on site at various venues around the country, which use Grass Valley technology to help televise games live.

Game Creek is supplying its Freedom, Liberty, Patriot, and Yankee Clipper HD trucks at various venues around the country to cover the regional NBA playoff action for ESPN and ABC. These trucks each carry either a Grass Valley Kayenne or Kalyps™ HD Video Production Center. Game Creek Liberty will cover the NBA Eastern Conference Finals for ESPN and ABC using its Grass Valley Kayenne HD Video Production Center. Game Creek Video’s Liberty and Patriot will be covering the NBA Finals for NBA TV.

NEP Supershooters is providing its SS25 and ND4 trucks for ESPN and SS24 and ND4 trucks for TNT. The SS25 truck will be used by ESPN for the Conference Finals and NBA Finals and carries a Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, more than a dozen Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras, as well as Grass Valley Trinix and Concerto Series routing switchers.

ESPN and ABC have once again contracted rental equipment supplier Bexel, which will use two Grass Valley LDK 8300 3X Super SloMo HD cameras during the NBA playoffs for their respective productions.

For the initial Divisional Series playoff rounds, Turner Sports will use NEP’s SS24 HD, which is one of the largest in the country and is comprised of two 53-foot double expando trailers. It features a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher as well as Trinix and Concerto Series routers.

Both ESPN and TNT will also use NEP’s ND4 truck to support various televised activities surrounding the games. It carries a Kalypso HD switcher, a Trinix video router, and numerous Grass Valley GeckoFlex signal processing modules (frame syncs, encoders, and up/down converters).

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