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Mobile TV Group Flexes IP
Capability With Grass Valley
Denver-based Mobile TV Group (MTVG) operates one of the largest HD mobile
production fleets in the US and leads the way in driving 4K UHD and HDR
production in North America...
45 FLEX is equipped to support
11 Grass Valley cameras
45 FLEX utilises
an IP production
environment

A

s MGTV address the challenges of
evolving service models to meet
the growing consumer appetite for
strong storytelling across all screens,
production models must adapt to meet
these demands. Today's live mobile
production environments must be able
to handle any resolution; scale to meet
the needs of a wide variety of event
sizes and production requirements
- and offer the agility to adapt,
whether seamlessly adding cameras or
transitioning to 4K UHD.
Being Agile Means IP
When it turned its attention to
building and equipping the latest
addition to its fleet, 45 FLEX, MTVG
made the decision to go with a native,
end-to-end open IP production
environment.
Nick Garvin, COO at MTVG, explains:
"At the time we were planning 45
FLEX, we had been keeping an eye on
IP; there had been some deployments
of mobile units with an IP core, which
still required a conversion back to
baseband for the other components
of the unit. We didn't see that as
advantageous for our business - we
wanted all the major systems within
45 FLEX to be connected via IP, so they
could all 'talk' to one another and work
seamlessly together.
"For us, it is critical to give
customers the flexibility they need to
grow and evolve their productions.
Even regional network shows need
a greater degree of scalability than
they used to - they can have five or
more separate feeds that all need to
be supported and this is growing as
consumers demand content across
mobile and social platforms as well

as more camera angles. We believe
that an IP environment can easily and
quickly adapt to meet these different
needs."
While the MTVG team was in the
planning stages, work by standards
body SMPTE and efforts by
interoperability organisations such
as AIMS and AMWA were driving the
development of open IP solutions.
SMPTE ST 2110-based systems were
launched on the market, making
it possible to build a true end-toend, open standards-based mobile
production environment. As a result,
MTVG was able to push ahead with its
plans to create one of the industry's
first end-to-end SMPTE ST 2110
uncompressed mobile units.
Garvin added: "Our clients require
systems from a wide range of
manufacturers, and with 45 FLEX we
were able to hit a point in the timeline
where the different vendors could
deliver the SMPTE ST 2110 equipment
we needed."
Meeting Image Demand
A long-time customer, MTVG uses
Grass Valley production switchers

and over 300 cameras across its fleet.
Garvin said: "We value the relationship
we have built with Grass Valley over
the years; we take a very collaborative
approach with the Grass Valley team
who are very open to our input as we
strive to give our clients what they
need today and address their changing
requirements. We have also worked
closely with them in the past in areas
such as super slow-motion cameras."
In 2014, the mobile production
company upgraded eight mobile
production units with Grass Valley
LDX XtremeSpeed 6X ultra-slowmotion cameras, integrated with the
K2 Dyno Replay System to support
live coverage - and 6X slow-motion
replays.
When looking at the right solutions
for 45 FLEX, Grass Valley cameras
and production switchers were once
again top of the list. Garvin says:
"Having great cameras and switchers
is integral to delivering the level of
quality our clients expect for live
production. Their switcher is the
standard for the industry, so it was a
no brainer to deploy a Grass Valley
switcher for 45 FLEX. We also chose
MGTV builds, equips and
operates a fleet of 37 mobile
production units

to once again go with Grass Valley
cameras; not only are they robust
and reliable, they completed our
end-to-end native IP unit with both
the capability of IP connectivity and
baseband for increased redundancy
and production reliability. Additionally,
there is a seamless upgrade path so
we can easily add functionality like
HDR as needed, and there are some
new developments, such as Creative
Grading, that we are very excited
about."
Open IP Flexibility
45 FLEX is equipped to support 11
Grass Valley cameras: four LDX 86
Universe super slow-motion HD/3G
fibre cameras with IP XCU base
stations; LDX 82 Premiere 720p/1080i
fibre cameras with IP XCU base
stations; and three LDX 82 Premiere
720p/1080i Triax cameras with twin
XCU base stations. It also houses
Grass Valley's Kayenne K-Frame X
multiformat IP production switcher.
Designed, built, and operated by
MTVG's in-house engineering and
technical teams, the unit provides a
highly scalable, flexible production
environment that delivers a format
agnostic,
future-ready
solution
capable of handling a wide range of
productions - whatever their size or
requirements. Standing 53 feet long,
13 feet high and nearly nine feet wide,
it has the ability to expand to over
16 feet to meet the needs of larger
productions, as a full double-expando
Mobile Unit.
Taking an open IP approach also
enables MTVG to seamlessly upgrade
systems, integrate new solutions as
they become available and expand
the unit as needed. "45 FLEX enables
us to say 'yes' to our clients, whatever
their requirements - whether that's
a request for more cameras, more
resources,
flexible
formats
or
scalability," says Garvin. "While it
offers the extra capabilities that IP can
bring, the unit maintains the same feel
as our existing fleet of FLEX baseband
mobile units."


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