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.