NCAA hoops it up with Grass Valley for men’s women’s tourneys

A wide variety of Grass Valley high-definition (HD) production equipment from Thomson, spread across several veteran mobile production companies, is being used during this year’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments to help ESPN and CBS Sports capture the excitement.

The companies, Corplex, (based in Northfield, Ill.), Lyon Video (in Columbus, Ohio) and NEP Supershooters (NEP, in Pittsburgh, Penn.) will cover a number of the games live for both the men’s and women’s teams across the country. All are long-time Grass Valley customers and have covered live sporting events, in both the 720p HD format for ESPN and in 1080i HD for CBS, with the same Grass Valley equipment, for many years. This multiformat capability has helped them make the most of their investment in HD production gear.

The 2007 Men’s Tournament ends on March 31 with the Final Four Weekend, and April 2, with the Championship Game live from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The 2007 Women’s Final Four Weekend and Championship Game will be held live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, April 1 and 3.

During the tournament on CBS, Corplex sent its state-of-the-art Platinum HD truck (and a B-unit called “Mercury”) to cover men’s regional action in St Louis, Mo.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and East Rutherford, N.J. The expando rig carries a fully loaded Grass Valley Kalypso™ HD production switcher (90-inputs w/six transform engines).

Lyon Video sent two Mobile Unit (MU-6 and MU-7) HD trucks to cover the first and second rounds of the women’s action and the divisional finals. Both units carry LDK 6000 HD WorldCam cameras, as well as a LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo camera system, a Kalypso HD switcher, a Trinix™ video routing switcher and Concerto™ Series audio router.

NEP Supershooters will handle the Women’s Final Four for ESPN with its SS21 HD production truck. The sophisticated mobile studio will use 18 Grass Valley LDK 6000 HD WordCam cameras, a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher, as well as a Trinix routing switcher for video and a Concerto Series router for audio. The company’s SS20 HD truck, complete with numerous WorldCam HD cameras and a Kalypso SD switcher, was also used for men’s regional action.