NAB 2013: Kodiak GRIZZ HD Truck Hits Road with Fujinon Lenses
Kodiak Mobile—a mobile truck company based in Broken Arrow, OK and Intincifi LLC of Austin, TX—will unveil GRIZZ HD, a unique 45-foot HDTV production truck during the 2013 NAB Show, taking place from April 8 to 11, in Las Vegas.
GRIZZ HD carries seven Grass Valley LDK 3000+ cameras with three Fujinon XA77x9.5BESM HDTV telephoto field lenses with optical stabilization; three Fujinon ZA17x7.6BERM Select Series HDTV ENG style lenses with 2X extender and DigiPower Servo; and one Fujinon ZA12x4.5BERM Select Series HD ENG style super wide-angle lens with 2x extender and DigiPower Servo. The latest Fujinon product line can be seen at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division exhibit—booth C7525—at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2013 NAB Show.
“All three Fujinon lens models were new as of last NAB,” said David Kearnes, who co-owns Kodiak Mobile with Paul Bronsteader. “These lenses offer the high-performance we need in a compact, lightweight, innovative design. In a way, they were everything GRIZZ HD was designed to be so that’s why we felt they’d be a great fit.”
Lisa Kirtley, co-owner at Intincifi, the Austin-based firm that managed the entire GRIZZ HD project, including the design, build, and systems integration, says, “With its fresh, ground-up design, GRIZZ HD hits a sweet spot in the market. Compared to 53-foot expandos, this truck is more suitable for use at events and venues where space and budget pose constraints. But compared to smaller mobile units or production trailers, it’s fully equipped to handle the demands of live broadcasts such as college sports, corporate events, and music festivals.”
GRIZZ HD’s equipment complement also includes: a Grass Valley Kayenne 2.5 M/E 3Gb/s production switcher, Chyron Hyper X3 dual-channel graphics system, two EVS 6-channel XT Nano replay systems, a Calrec Omega Digital 5.1 audio console, a Tightrope ZePlay 8-channel replay system, and four 47-inch LCD flat-screen monitors capable of user-configurable multi-viewer displays.
“With its innovative design and dimensions, GRIZZ HD offers HD truck customers a viable, cost-effective new option for producing live shows and events,” says Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM. “We’re proud that Intincifi and Kodiak Mobile selected Fujinon lenses and wish them all the best as they cut the ribbon and put GRIZZ HD on the road.”
GRIZZ HD will be on display during NAB 2013 and shown as part of a Special Invitation event Tuesday, April 9th from 4pm to 8pm, at the Hofbräuhaus on 4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. Food, beer, and wine will be served and a car service will be available to transport guests to and from the convention centers. Interested parties may schedule private demos for Wednesday, April 10th from 8am to 4pm at the same location by calling Lisa Kirtley at 512-917-3783 or Kodiak Mobile Co-Owner Paul Bronsteader at 630-805-1489.