NBA All-Star Game Production Trucks Stacked with Grass Valley Gear

Last Sunday, Grass Valley provided a full battalion of HD cameras, switchers, and routers to TNT for the network’s live broadcast of the 59th NBA All-Star Game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Grass Valley also supplied equipment for the host of ancillary events held at the American Airlines Arena and Dallas Convention Center during NBA All-Star Weekend.

NEP Supershooters and Lypn Video each supplied production trucks, with some carrying Grass Valley HD cameras, and all featuring either a Kayenne or Kalypso HD Video Production Center, as well as Trinix or Concerto Series audio and video signal routers.

Sending four trucks to support Turner Sports (TNT), NEP Supershooters handled the main 1080i HD telecast of the All-Star Game live with its “Denali Summit” HD truck, which utilized a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher and a Trinix HD router under Encore router control software and an Apex audio router with 544X544 AES and 128X128 2-channel analog I/O to capture all of the action.

NEP’s SS18 HD mobile unit, which carries a Kalypso HD video production switcher and LDK 8000 cameras, covered the All-Star studio show “Inside the NBA” for TNT, set up inside Cowboys Stadium.

Mobile unit SS17, with a Kalypso HD switcher and Trinix HD video router and Concerto Series AES audio routers on board, covered the All-Star Jam Session for TNT, live from the American Airlines Arena.

NCP10 covered the All-Star Slam Dunk contest inside Cowboys Stadium with a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher with six internal transform engines, 10 LDK 8000 (hard) cameras systems, and six LDK 8000 (handheld configuration) cameras.

The company also sent a portable HD transmission Flypack kit to integrate feeds for Turner Sports from the various mobile units around Dallas and route them back to the Turner Broadcast Center in Atlanta and the Dallas facilities. It included a Grass Valley Concerto Series multi-format router to handle HD (128×128) and AES digital audio (128×128) and a second Concerto router for analog audio (128×128).

Lyon Video supplied two HD trucks and a B unit to support the 1080i HD production of the weekend festivities. At the American Airlines Arena, Lyon Video’s mobile unit 5HD used a Grass Valley Kalypso HD 4ME switcher with 75 inputs and 48 outputs, nine LDK 6000 WorldCam HD cameras with triax transmission with OCP 400 camera control, six SuperXpander large lens adapters with 7-inch viewfinders, and a Trinix 256×448 HD-SDI router and a Concerto 256X256 AES audio router for several live NBA TV channel shows, including Game Time, At the Break, and a live press conference.

Inside the Dallas Convention Center, Lyon Video’s mobile unit 8HD used a 4.5 M/E Grass Valley Kayenne HD Video Production Center, 11 LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras (most in handheld configuration), and six HD cameras for the NBA TV Network. This included coverage of the NBA TV Jam Session – Rookie/Sophomore Shoot Around, The Beat, Fantasy Insider, Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, D-League Dream, All Star Practice, and the D-League All-Star Game. LYON’s B3 support trailer was also on site.

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