Grass Valley Live Production Technology Punches March Madness Again for 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four Weekend

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Last Updated: March 30, 2012 7:12 pm GMT
(San Francisco, California--March 30, 2012) As it has for the past several years, live sports production company F&F Productions, based in Clearwater, Fla. will send two of its most advanced high-definition (HD) production trucks outfitted with Grass Valley™ equipment, to cover the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Final Four Weekend Tournament (March 31-April 1) and National Championship Game (April 2) for CBS Sports, with a third production truck dedicated to ESPN in order to supply the live international feed.

All of F&F's trucks that will help televise the games from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans carry Grass Valley Video Production Center switchers, including both the Kayenne™ and Kalypso™ HD switchers.

On-site in New Orleans, F&F will have its GTX-16 and GTX-15 rigs, as well as the GTX-12 HD truck and several “B” support trucks. The main CBS Sports game feed will be handled by GXT-16, while GTX-15 will handle pre- and post-game, as well as halftime activities for the network.

GTX-16 has a 4.5 M/E Kayenne Video Production Center switcher with 96 inputs and 48 outputs and an integrated K2 Summit™ server for clip playback and storage (ClipStore). GTX-15 features a Kalypso HD Video Production Center switcher and Grass Valley Jupiter™ software controlling a Concerto™ Series compact routing system.

ESPN will use F&F’s GTX-12 truck for the international feed. GTX-12 has a Kalypso Video Production Center switcher on-board with 90 inputs and 48 outputs. Also on-board is a Trinix™ NXT 256×256 HD/SD video routing switcher.

The 2012 NCAA Women’s Division I Final Four Weekend Tournament, on April 1-3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., will also be covered with a variety of Grass Valley cameras, HD video production switchers, and video and audio routers.

*Disclaimer: Grass Valley is not an official sponsor of the NCAA Division Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee, NCAA Final Four New Orleans, NCAA March Madness, or ESPN, nor is it affiliated in any way with the NCAA Division Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee, NCAA Final Four New Orleans, NCAA March Madness, or ESPN. Information supplied in this media alert does not imply endorsement from the NCAA Division Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee, NCAA Final Four New Orleans, NCAA March Madness, or ESPN. The NCAA Division Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee, NCAA Final Four New Orleans, NCAA March Madness, and ESPN are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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