06.18.2007 04:07 PM
NEP's ND4 Makes A Short Trip To The U.S. Open
NEP Broadcasting was the primary supplier of television production technology to broadcasters providing global coverage of the 107th U.S. Open, which took place in Pittsburgh, PA, running from June 14th through the 17th. 156 of the world's top golfers competed in professional golf's second major championship of the year.
NBC's and ESPN's coverage of the event was captured by NEP Supershooters' newest high-definition truck, ND4. Designed, built and housed in NEP's Pittsburgh systems integration facility, ND4's maiden voyage turned out to be only two miles long.
“While the majority of our efforts take place throughout the country and around the globe, we’re happy to launch ND4 at this year’s U.S. Open, which is happening right here in our own backyard,” said NEP Broadcasting vice president of engineering George Hoover. “The introduction of ND4 further strengthens our position as the leader in TV production facilities. The world’s leading broadcasting organizations and networks, such as NBC, ESPN, The Golf Channel and Sky Sports, continually depend on NEP for its state-of-the-art mobile broadcast facilities, highest level of technical expertise and unmatched production services. The U.S. Open is the jewel of professional golf’s major championships, and we are proud to ensure that continuous coverage of the action is delivered to millions of fans around the world.”
The truck is outfitted with a virtual monitor wall within a spacious control room, a Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, Calrec Alpha audio console, Sony HDC-1500 cameras and several EVS LSMs. It was part of the NEP Supershooters mobile truck fleet at the golf event, where NEP will be supplying more than $50 million worth of equipment and hardware to TV networks from around the globe. In addition to NBC and ESPN, they included The Golf Channel, Sky Sports, TV Asahi and the USGA world feed.