GearBox LDX expands UK ultra slow motion camera market

GearBox, a UK-based rental company and part of broadcast technology supplier CVP Group has acquired six LDX Première advanced imaging cameras and three LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 1X/3X/6X ultra-slow-motion cameras from Grass Valley. “CVP Group’s partnership with Grass Valley has opened a lot of new doors for us. By broadening our scope of offerings, our clients have the ability to grow their productions with an entirely new and versatile camera choice,” said Stephen Ratcliff, rental director, GearBox.

“Also, with the purchase of the LDX XtremeSpeed cameras, we’re answering the growing demand in the UK for an ultra-slow-motion camera that can handle high frame rates,” he added. GearBox’s new LDX fleet will be utilised across a range of productions including in-studio and live sports.

Grass Valley’s LDX XS camera is claimed to be the first handheld ultra-slow-motion camera and the first to deliver instant time-to-air with no internal camera storage requirement. It easily integrates into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X speeds (720p/1080i), and includes a 1X live output for standard-speed acquisition. Both cameras are built around Grass Valley’s proprietary Xensium-FT CMOS imager.

Grass Valley’s future-ready XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fibre transmission system supports the large real-time bandwidth required by the LDX XS cameras. The rack-mounted XCU cradle is compatible with the 3G transmission XCUs, which makes the XCU chassis easily transportable between trucks, studios and flypacks.

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