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28/04/2009

Belgium's Outside Broadcast Purchases Grass Valley HD Cameras

Outside Broadcast, one of the leading OB van production companies in Belgium, is upgrading all of its cameras to include the latest high-definition (HD) acquisition advances with the purchase of 28 Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras and a Grass Valley LDK 8300 Super SloMo HD camera.
The new cameras will be used to support its impressive list of broadcast clients that cover all of the most high-profile sporting events in Belgium and throughout Europe as well as live entertainment and corporate events.
The significant Grass Valley camera order was placed at the beginning of April and Outside Broadcast will take delivery of the cameras at the end of the month and begin using them immediately.
The new cameras - to be paired with the company's existing Grass Valley Trinix and Concerto Series routers Kayak HD video production switchers and GeckoFlex signal processing equipment - offer the best signal processing features in the industry and the ability to operate in all HD formats. The cameras are also durable enough to stand up to daily production on the field.
Ronald Meyvisch, Technical and Operations Manager at Outside Broadcast, said: "Working with the wide variety of clients that we do, we need a camera that provides superior image quality in all HD formats and that's exactly what we're getting with the new Grass Valley cameras.
"The LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras can be used in a variety of ways and the LDK 8300 produces the most stunning slow-motion pictures I have ever seen. We know our clients will be very pleased with the results these cameras produce and we'll get a fast return on our investment."
Specialising in a variety of broadcast production services, Outside Broadcast operates six OB vans, two portable flyway kits and three HD production studios in Belgium. For the past 20 years the company has used another vendor exclusively for its cameras, but is now standardising its entire inventory on Grass Valley cameras for all of its live remote production needs.
Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley, said: "Outside Broadcast is a leader in covering live production throughout Europe and to have them join in our growing list of camera customers, on top of their loyal use of Grass Valley switchers and modular products, is a real honour.
"Production companies want the flexibility to produce different events with the same equipment and that's what the LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam and LDK 8300 super slow-motion HD camera systems do exceptionally well."
The Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam and LDK 8300 both offer the ability to capture images in both 1080i and 720p formats. The LDK 8300 Super SloMo camera can also operate at 1x, 2x, 3x (selectable) speeds and provides the best picture quality for slow motion replay available anywhere, due to Grass Valley's exclusive AnyLight flicker reduction technology and a signal-to-noise ratio of 57 dB on the combined output (vs. 50dB for the other cameras on the market).
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