Crosscreek Television hits the road with new Sony HD technology
Crosscreek Television Productions’ latest mobile unit, Voyager 8,
hit the road this summer with an array of Sony high-definition broadcast
The new truck will feature three of Sony’s new BVM-L230 LCD
reference monitor and 19 HD camera systems from the company, including 12 HDC-1500
models, one HDC-3300 super motion system and six CX310K POV cameras, according
to Crosscreek Television.
The new monitors will be used for program and preview
monitoring for Crosscreek’s schedule of sports and live event productions,
including college football for ESPN and minor league baseball games.
For Crosscreek, whose network and cable television clients include
CBS, FOX, ESPN and the Speed Channel, their production schedule includes stops
throughout the country, including a full roster of National Hot Rod Association
races, as well as other college and professional sporting events.
“There are no second chances when you’re looking down the barrel
of a 90-mile-per-hour fastball or when dragsters go loose past the starting
line of an NHRA race,” said Spruce McRee of Crosscreek Television. “We need to
ensure our video signals are color-accurate, consistent and extremely high
quality. This new Sony monitor will be a perfect tool for all our
critical evaluation needs.”
The BVM-L230 LCD Master Series monitor features a 22.5-inch (viewable
area, measured diagonally) viewable screen, a full resolution LCD panel, a
newly developed high-precision backlight system and a display engine. The new
LCD panel is the industry’s first with a 10-bit driver. It is capable of
producing 1,024 levels of gray scale – ideal for high-end monitoring
applications like digital cinema, digital intermediate, telecine and high end
post-production, as well as in broadcast master control rooms or in OB trucks.
The BVM-L230 incorporates Sony’s TRIMASTER™ technology.
“These monitors were engineered for video evaluation situations
where such needs as flawless color accuracy and picture consistency are
critical,” said John Kaloukian, director of Sony Electronics’ professional
display group. “We’re thrilled to have this new reference technology in
Crosscreek’s newest truck.”
Sony’s HDC-3300 camera system has also been widely embraced by the
sports production community, especially for professional football and baseball
“The ability to do 3x super motion lets us do quality
motion analysis, and it also gives us a great deal of flexibility for
delivering high-quality HD telecasts,” McRee said.
The HDC-3300 system transmits 180 frames per second in full
high-definition resolution paired with an EVS server. The camera outputs
normal speed signals simultaneously for live feeds through separate digital
signal processing. It includes three 2/3-inch high speed progressive
CCDs, and enables recording at 1920x1080i or 150i, as well as 1280×720/180p or