Grass Valley Kayenne Debuts at U.S. Open

F&F Productions has officially debuted its new GTX-16 mobile production truck to televise the U.S. Open Tennis tournament on CBS Sports and along with it, a Grass Valley Kayenne Video Production Center and a Grass Valley four-channel K2 Summit-based ClipStore System.

During the final week of the tennis tournament, 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,” says Ryan Hatch, SVP 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, 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, VP 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,” says Jeff Rosica, SVP of Grass Valley. “Truck operators the world over have discovered the operational flexibility provided by Kayenne and the economical creativity provided by theClipStore system.”