Token Creek Sioux HD Unit Embraces GV Cameras, Karrera Production Switcher

Grass Valley has supplied mobile production truck operator Token Creek Mobile Television with new cameras and advanced switcher technology for its Sioux HD mobile unit. The purchase includes 10 LDX Premiére advanced imaging cameras, 14 XCU eXchangeable Control Unit base stations and a Karrera Video Production Center switcher with K-Frame, which gives Token Creek greater flexibility in delivering high-quality mobile broadcasts to its growing client base.

Grass-Valley_SVGE-IMNThe purchase builds upon the longstanding relationship between the two companies and adds to Token Creek’s existing fleet of Grass Valley technology, which now includes 38 cameras and five production switchers.

Token Creek’s Sioux HD truck is a 48-foot expanding-side trailer that supports local, regional and national events for cable networks as well as broadcast facilities.

“In looking for a new camera system for our Sioux HD truck, we wanted something that was triax based and that offered a solid single-mode fiber option that was directly integrated into the system,” explains Brendan Clark, director of engineering, Token Creek Mobile Productions. “The twin base stations and the fiber-to-triax converters fit our needs perfectly. The XCU cradle system gives us the flexibility to move the cameras around our fleet without having to spend time rewiring, which is a huge advantage. Plus, the Karrera with K-Frame gives us a great return on investment because it’s an extremely powerful switcher.”

The LDX Premiére camera is fully compatible with Grass Valley’s line of 3G transmission solutions that support all HD formats (720p, 1080i and 1080p). To support a client’s recent 3G production, Token Creek was able to take advantage of the GV-eLicense program and upgraded five of their cameras from Premiére to WorldCam on a one-week basis. This unique upgrade feature provides broadcasters with a flexible tradeoff between CAPEXs and OPEXs. The XCU base stations give Token Creek full 3G transmission connectivity for both triax and fiber. The unique XCU cradles are premounted and prewired in the rack, making a secure mechanical and electrical connection. They can easily slide in and out whenever needed and are transferrable between all of the company’s mobile units.

The Karrera with K-Frame provides is a 1080p-capable SD/HD/3G/4K switcher that can adapt to offer up to 192 inputs, 96 outputs and 9 M/Es with six keyers in every full M/E.

“Grass Valley has a strong and thriving business in the OB market, which is evidenced by our partnerships with important companies such as Token Creek Mobile Productions. We’re so pleased they continue to use our products,” says Stephen Stubelt, Grass Valley vice president of sales, North America. “The unique combination of the LDX Premiére cameras and XCU base stations means that Token Creek can minimize operational costs and streamline reconfiguration for any type of production, helping to grow its business in the long run.”