Grass Valley Equips Portland Timbers’ Providence Park With HD Tools

The Portland Timbers Major League Soccer team has installed a complete HD production system at its Providence Park stadium based solely on live production equipment from Grass Valley.

The team chose a Grass Valley K2 Dyno replay systems, Korona 2 M/E production switcher and three Focus 75 Live 720p/1080i switchable HD cameras, all of which help the team capture and share game footage with fans in the stadium and those watching at home.



Matt Smith, vice president of broadcasting, Portland Timbers, said it was important to have a production solution that provides the highest quality content for its fans.

“The solution we purchased is ideal for capturing games live and via streaming media, and the fact that our production team is already familiar with the Grass Valley interface means we can get right to work with minimal training for our already busy team,” he said.

The Focus 75 Live cameras each contain three Xensium-FT CMOS imagers with a global shutter.

The Focus 75 Live cameras each contain three Xensium-FT CMOS imagers with a global shutter.

The compact GV Korona features a menu integrated into the panel that enables operators to work quickly and intuitively to produce compelling content for a variety of applications, including tight integration with the Xpression graphics engine. The panel uses the same OLED and color technologies as the larger Grass Valley panels, virtually eliminating any learning curve. Its surface also contains built-in touchscreens in the transition areas that provide status of the M/E bank at a glance.

The K2 Dyno Replay System and Focus 75 Live cameras also offer the sports-centric features the Timbers require.

The K2 Dyno features multi-channel replay, an easy-to-use interface, along with remote access to highlights and clips through ShareFlex. The Focus 75 Live cameras each contain three Xensium-FT CMOS imagers with global shutter that eliminate any of the rolling shutter artifacts seen with other CMOS-based cameras, making them ideal for the Timbers’ fast-paced games.

Grass Valley will display its full portfolio of live production products at the 2017 IBC Show in Amsterdam.

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