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Grass Valley Score Big At Eurovision 2013
Some 125 million viewers watch the show, making
it one of the largest live TV events in the world…
By Colin Hay
Vice-President Northern Region,
EMEA, Grass Valley

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s the 2013 contest headed to
Malmö Arena in Sweden on 18
May following the country’s victory
last year, Mediatec Broadcast, an
international leader in broadcast
production, chose Grass Valley
to enable a reliable high-quality
broadcast of each performance,
both on large screens inside
the venue and for transmission
across Europe.
Eurovision was the first major
television programme to be
broadcast live, simultaneously, by
the European Broadcasting Union
(EBU). It originally aired to four million
television sets in Germany, Belgium,
France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands
and Switzerland in 1956.
The 2013 event included 39
countries participating, with 26 acts
making it through to the Grand Final.
The contest was built around the
theme “We are one” – highlighting
equality and unity across Europe,
alongside the cultural diversity and
influence of each participant.
Sveriges Television (SVT), the host
broadcaster, chose Malmö Arena as
the venue following an exhaustive
search within Sweden. Relatively

Twenty-six LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam
cameras were used during the show

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new, Malmö Arena opened in 2008
and has a capacity of up to 15,500
for concerts.
Using a modern venue and
hosting such a highly anticipated
live TV event, the most reliable and
high-quality broadcast equipment
was required.
“This was not the first Eurovision
where Mediatec Broadcast has
played an important role, and indeed
we’ve provided technical solutions
and staff for seven of the Eurovision
Song Contests between 2000 and
2013,” said Jens Envall, Head of
Engineering, Mediatec Broadcast.
“We had a very good idea of what was
required to deliver a spectacular TV
event and Grass Valley’s solutions
certainly fulfilled and even surpassed
our expectations.”
At Malmö Arena, 26 Grass Valley
LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam cameras
including five HD wireless systems
were used to capture the event,
some at fixed locations and others
as portable cameras covering the
arena floor. Mediatec Broadcast also
selected one Emmy Award-winning
Grass Valley LDK 8300 Super SloMo
camera running in triple speed
SuperSloMotion mode as the perfect
companion to the other standardspeed cameras, as images from all
cameras visually matched.
Grass Valley and Mediatec
Broadcast announced a partnership
in February 2013 that has Grass
Valley assisting Mediatec Broadcast
to standardise and streamline its

Getting close ups of Estonia’s Birgit Ǒigemeel during the rehearsal

broadcast acquisition and production
workflows with the goal of increasing
productivity across the organisation.
As part of the partnership, Swedenbased Mediatec Broadcast has
deployed a total of 46 complete
Grass Valley cameras with fibrebased 3G transmission, two LDK
8300 Super SloMo cameras, two
Kayak 2.5 M/E HD switchers and
a number of other components to
its various locations in Scandinavia
and Finland.
Of the 46 LDK 8000 Elite
WorldCam camera systems selected
by Mediatec Broadcast, 17 were sent
to Norway, eight to Finland, and 21
remain in Sweden. Grass Valley’s
superior imaging technology – in
combination with the wide range
of 3G transmission solutions
including the new powerful XCU
(eXchangeable camera control unit)
with its docking functionality – allows
Mediatec Broadcast to benefit from
a highly flexible camera system that
makes it the perfect match for the
intense demands of today’s live
productions. These new orders bring
the total number of LDK 8000 camera
systems in use at Mediatec now
to over 200. The ability to capture

HD images natively, and switch
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and selectable frame-rates of up
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production to a higher level of quality
than previously possible.
Mediatec Broadcast’s Kayak
switchers are the fourth and fifth
units to be installed in a series of
OB vans, designed and built to an
exact match, enabling a uniform
production approach.
“With so many millions of viewers
tuning in around Europe and beyond
to watch this event, it was critical
that the most reliable equipment
was used to ensure the very highest
quality pictures were seen as the
action happened,” said Colin Hay,
Vice-President Northern Region,
EMEA, Grass Valley. “The solutions
that Mediatec Broadcast selected
from us for Eurovision offered the
creative flexibility that they needed,
as well as the confidence that
viewers would be visually captivated
by the performances. No matter
what country a viewer was in, our
technology and solutions helped
them feel closer to the action than
ever before.”

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InNews: Vizrt and Mosart Enter Newsroom Partnership
InForm: Istreamplanet Live-Video Workflow
InReply: BSI Wireless Camera Captures the Action
InFocus: Sound Devices Pix 240 Sprints Ahead
InView: Bradley Engineering Focuses on Remote Camera Control Systems
InView: Government Tax Breaks: The Devil Is in the Detail
InMedia: In Demand Uses Aja to Create Promotional Content
InMedia: Ihse Draco Kvm-Matrix Switchers Support Broadcast It Workflow
InMedia: Media Production - the Next Generation
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - Contents
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InForm: Istreamplanet Live-Video Workflow
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InReply: BSI Wireless Camera Captures the Action
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