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F&F Outfits Full Fleet with Ikegami Cameras

F&F Productions has outfitted its entire mobile fleet with more than 80 Ikegami HDK-79EC camera systems, all of which employ three 2/3-inch 2.5 Mega-pixel-specified CMOS imaging sensors. Keeping pace with the growing demand for its HDTV production services, F&F will debut its latest mobile unit – the new 53-ft. by 16-ft. Double-Expando GTX-16 – at this year’s U.S. Open.

“As our business continues to grow, we rely on the latest HDTV cameras from Ikegami for the flexibility to be able to produce content in 720p, 1080i, or whatever format our clients request,” comments George Orgera, President and CEO of F&F Productions, one of the oldest privately held mobile production facilities providers in the United States. “With the Ikegami HDK-79EC and its CMOS technology, we have that flexibility and are native in all of these formats. The Ikegami HDK-79EC is the best available. Its CMOS imaging technology not only delivers sharp, multi-format HD, it’s also lighter-weight and consumes less power.”

Configurable for either portable use or as a “hard” field/studio camera, Ikegami’s HDK-79EC’s 1980H by 1080V active-pixel CMOS sensors are switchable between interlace and progressive readout modes. Providing a full 16:9 aspect ratio, the HDK-79EC’s CMOS sensors provide 1080/60i, 1080/24p, and 720/60p HD as well as optional 50Hz formats, 1080/50i and 720/50p, high-speed dual-link 1080/60p, and Super Slow Motion, 720/120p and 1080/120i.

Incorporating Ikegami’s Chip C4 ASIC video processing technology, the HDK-79EC can be used with either triax or SMPTE fiber camera cable. Additional system components include the Ikegami CCU-890M full-digital camera control unit and SE-79D System Expander for studio camera build up. The CCU-890M supports multiple camera cable types with built-in triax and fiber cable transmission systems.

“In this day and age, a lot of stadiums – especially at colleges – are still triax,” Orgera notes. “We have Ikegami’s triax adapters and fiber adapters for the cameras, so we can go either way. Ikegami enables us to go a lot farther on triax than any other manufacturer. With Ikegami, you can’t tell the difference between the two. I have no doubt that Ikegami has the best triax system.”

Orgera also noted the durability of Ikegami’s equipment at F&F Productions’ many locations. “We were in Vancouver for the Winter Games, and these cameras worked beautifully in the cold with no problems,” he says. “We also travel throughout the South, where summer temperatures can be brutal, but our Ikegami HDK-79EC’s continue to work beautifully.”

Having debuted its GTX-15 mobile HDTV production truck two years ago at the U.S. Open, F&F Productions is set to make history yet again when its new GTX-16 truck rolls up to this year’s tennis championship to provide production services for CBS. Incorporating the latest in HDTV production technologies, F&F’s new GTX-16 offers nearly 7 feet in headroom and a double blow-out production area for maximum comfort and convenience of network technical and production personnel.

“Several Ikegami LCD monitors are also in our new GTX-16 truck,” Orgera adds. These include two of Ikegami’s lightweight, low-power-consumption, full 1920 by 1080-pixel, 10-bit, 17-inch HLM-1750WR HD monitors. The HLM-1750WR supports multi-format SDI input as well as DVI-D and VBS inputs as a standard feature (and 3G-SDI as an option). Additional Ikegami monitors in GTX-16 include three 15-inch multi-format color CRT monitors.

“We switched to Ikegami cameras a long time ago,” Orgera says. “Right out of the box the Ikegami cameras work and they work like that forever. The Ikegami HDK-79EC CMOS camera is the sharpest and best there is. Their support is by far the best in the industry.”

For more information, visit Ikegami online at www.Ikegami.com.

F&F Productions Truck Rolls to U.S. Open

Mobile production company F&F Productions debuted its GTX-16 mobile production truck in New York on Aug. 30-Sept. 12, to help televise the 2010 U.S. Open tennis tournament on CBS Sports. The HD-capable production truck features a Grass Valley Kayenne Video Production Center and a Grass Valley four-channel K2 Summit-based ClipStore System for producing both sports and live entertainment programs in HD.

During the U.S. Open, the truck was on-site outside Arthur Ashe Stadium managing dozens of camera feeds and animated on-air graphics. GTX-16 is the fifth truck in the F&F Productions fleet to be based around a Grass Valley HD video production switcher.

“We continue to choose Grass Valley switchers because of their reliability factor, which is most important to our clients,” says Ryan Hatch, senior vice president at F&F Productions. “We also like the Kayenne’s features and color-coded control panel, which is easy to operate for the crews and gives us a lot of flexibility to produce all types of live productions.”

Once it completes its assignment at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., GTX-16 will work with CBS Sports on a number of college football games, to be televised in 1080i HD.

“F&F Productions is always very careful about the equipment we choose for our trucks,” says Marc Orgera, vice president of sales at F&F Productions. “Our experience with Grass Valley technology has been very positive, both financially and technically.”

The Kayenne ClipStore replay system installed in GTX-16 is based on a 4-channel K2 Summit production client, providing a platform for instant, non-volatile replay of more than 10 hours of video, key and audio clips.

New F&F Productions Truck with Grass Valley Live Multi-Format HD Production Technologies to Debut at 2010 U.S. Open

Paris, France/Nevada City, Calif., August 30, 2010 — Veteran mobile production company F&F Productions, based in Clearwater, Fla., will officially debut its new GTX-16 mobile production truck in New York on August 30-September 12, to help televise the 2010 U.S. Open Tennis tournament on CBS Sports. The sophisticated, HD-capable production truck features a Grass Valley™ Kayenne™ Video Production Center and a Grass Valley four-channel K2 Summit™-based ClipStore System, for producing both sports and live entertainment programs in HD.

During the final week of the world-famous tennis tournament in September, the Grass Valley Kayenne will be at the heart of the GTX-16 truck, which will be on-site outside Arthur Ashe Stadium managing dozens of camera feeds and animated on-air graphics. GTX-16 is the fifth truck in the F&F Productions fleet to be based around a Grass Valley HD video production switcher.

“We continue to choose Grass Valley switchers because of their reliability factor, which is most important to our clients,” said Ryan Hatch, Senior Vice President at F&F Productions. “We also like the Kayenne’s features and color-coded control panel, which is easy to operate for the crews and gives us a lot of flexibility to produce all types of live productions.”

Once it completes its assignment at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., GTX-16 will work with CBS Sports on a number of college football games, to be televised in 1080i HD.

“F&F Productions is always very careful about the equipment we choose for our trucks,’’ said Marc Orgera, Vice President of Sales at F&F Productions. “Our experience with Grass Valley technology has been very positive, both financially and technically.”

The Kayenne ClipStore replay system installed in GTX-16 is based around a 4-channel K2 Summit™ production client, providing a platform for instant, non-volatile replay of more than 10 hours of video, key, and audio clips.

“F&F’s GTX-16 is just the latest in a long line of trucks that are equipped with the Kayenne Video Production Center and the Kayenne ClipStore system,” said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. “Truck operators the world over have discovered the operational flexibility provided by Kayenne and the economical creativity provided by theClipStore system.”

F&F Productions Serves Up New HD Truck for U.S. Open Tennis

The latest state-of-the-art production truck from F&F Productions, GTX 16, is rolling up the East Coast to get in place for its next event: the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which begin on Aug. 30. Once there, it will be used by both CBS Sports and ESPN as the core production unit for U.S. Open coverage.

“The market is still demanding new trucks,” says Marc Orgera, VP of sales and marketing for F&F Productions. “In September and October, it can still be hard to find an HD truck, and it seems like we were always one truck short with our four HD trucks. So now we can help out our clients.”

Once finished with the U.S. Open, the truck will transition to handling CBS Sports coverage of SEC college football and the NCAA’s Final Four next April. GTX 15, the truck that used to handle those events, will be used by ESPN for the U.S. Open and also for college-football coverage.

The double-expando GTX 16 was built by Spevco and is wired for 24 cameras and 25 VTRs so it can operate without a B unit. Flat-panel monitor walls throughout a redesigned tape area allow operators to be located on both sides of the center console.

Technically, the truck has the latest bells and whistles, including a Grass Valley Kayenne production switcher with a K2 Summit server. It also has five six-channel EVS XT[2]+ servers, a Calrec Apollo audio console with up to 1,020 channel-processing paths, and 3G Evertz router with 288×576 inputs and outputs. The router makes it suitable for both 3D and 1080p productions.

“We get calls for 1080p for concerts and entertainment shows because they are looking to the Blu-ray market,” Orgera says. “The 12 Ikegami HDK-79E cameras will be upgraded to the new 1080p chip when it becomes available.”

For 3D needs, the unit’s LCD monitors can be taken down and replaced with 3D monitors. Orgera says, “We also have the space for 3D video operators and cameras, as the switcher and router are 3D-compliant.”

F&F Productions Upgrades GTX12 Monitor Wall; Entire Fleet Adds Chyron HyperX3

In a first round of new equipment purchases for 2010, F&F Productions has completed a virtual monitor wall installation and upgraded all Chyron graphic devices to the latest and more powerful HyperX3 system.

F&F’s GTX 12 is now the first in the company’s full HD fleet to feature the newest Evertz VIPA-DUO series multi-image display processor along with sixteen 32-inch Boland monitors for the virtual monitor wall. All inputs are auto-sensing SD, HD, 3Gb/s and analog of which can be displayed in any size, position or aspect ratio for true monitor wall customization.

GTX 12 offers the latest in HD production facilities including the Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, DVEous, Ikegami triax & fiber operated cameras with switchable 1080i/720p native format, Calrec Omega digital audio console with Blue fin and an array of full blown EVS XT2 servers. And as a single, self-contained expandable Mobile Unit, GTX 12 does not require a B unit for gear transport or operational support to allow for quicker set up and cost effectiveness on one day set/shoot/strikes.

In addition to the GTX 12 Virtual Monitor wall installation, F&F’s entire HD Mobile Unit fleet has been upgraded to the HyperX3 for on air graphics. This improved platform combines the Lyric PRO 7.1 software to provide precise control over every transition and effect while offering unrivaled playout flexibility and stunning graphic build capabilities.

“Staying current and ahead of the curve is where we want to be,” says F&F Productions Senior Vice President Ryan Hatch. “Our HD fleet is one of the youngest on the road and now it’s really the most current, too.”

The upgrades were completed in time to head out to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, where F&F’s GTX 11, GTX 12 & GTX 15 will provide the broadcast facilities covering opening, closing and medal ceremonies as well as complete coverage out of the Sliding center for bobsled, luge, and skeleton.