Unprecedented 4K Coverage of COPA America Soccer Tournament

Lyon Video Uses Grass Valley Equipment

Soccer continues to rise in popularity in North America as more fans discover the excitement that fans in other parts of the world have long known.

Lyon Video, a long-time customer of Grass Valley provides mobile television production facilities and event crewing for a wide variety of sports and event clients. Based in Columbus, OH, the 30-year-old company worked with COPA America organizers for many years, and this year has been chosen to provide host broadcasting and international rights holder services, including 4K content, that will be fed to a number of rights holder networks and stations for use in their own coverage.

“The beauty of the Grass Valley equipment is that it is flexible, so we are able to deliver whatever format is needed. We often need to provide multiple formats of HD for multiple clients, and now even 4K at the same time,” said Chad Snyder, chief operating officer, Lyon Video. Grass Valley equipment has dominated much of the set-up for the broadcast. From the group stage and through the quarterfinals, Lyon Video employed LDX 86 and LDX 80 Series Cameras with XCU Universe XF base stations, a Kayenne K-Frame Video Production Center switcher, K2 Summit 3G Production Client and K2 Dyno Universe 6X and 4K Switchable Replay System for each match.

For the final match in HD and 4K, Lyon Video will use 14 LDX 86 Universe cameras, 16 LDX 80 cameras, 8 legacy Grass Valley cameras, XCU Universe XF base stations, two Kayenne K-Frame switchers, a K2 Summit 3G Production Client and K2 Dyno Universe Replay System.

For the first time, Lyon Video will be using 14 of the LDX 86 Universe cameras to provide a 4K signal and high-speed replay for the host broadcast and those rights holders who want it for their broadcast. The ability of Grass Valley’s integrated solutions to easily handle the different formats is essential in helping mobile broadcast companies meet the changing needs of their clients.

“We have been working on 4K solutions for quite some time, understanding that it’s going to be a period of transition while the rest of the pieces fall into place,” explained Kyle Luther, vice president of sales, North America, Grass Valley.

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