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Glass-to-Glass Grass Valley approach for growth and efficiency

March 13th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By Fergal Ringrose

Grass Valley’s ‘Glass-to-Glass’ approach to IP spans the range of key products used in production and playout applications, including cameras, servers, production switchers, routers, multiviewers, IP gateways and control systems. The Grass Valley solution leverages IT technologies such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), IP routing switches and Software Defined Networking (SDN) control, to maximise the flexibility essential in today’s changing media industry. Providing interoperable IP technology across many elements of a broadcast workflow ensures tight ‘Glass-to-Glass’ integration that leads to efficiency and solid on-air performance.

Karrera K-Frame S-series delivers creative freedom and offers mid-range switcher performance, along with proven workflows and simplified control of complex productions, with multiformat support including 1080p and 4K.

The LDX 4K camera is designed specifically for sports and live production content and is claimed to be unique among 4K/UHD cameras in that it captures any type of live action with unrivaled quality levels by delivering outstanding high sensitivity and dynamic range. Based on standard 2/3″ imagers and a new high-bandwidth digital fiber transmission solution to capture live events without the compromises associated with digital cinema optics, the new LDX 4K camera is easily integrated into existing HD workflows and is the industry’s first 4K/UHD camera with native B4 lens support.

For broadcassters wishing to make the transition to IP alongside SDI, Grass Valley’s Pegasus is a solution. Pegasus offers a built-in SDN module for managing IP networks made up of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) switches, making use of non-proprietary technology and best-of-breed switches alongside SDI routing switchers. Pegasus SDN will make IP stream routing appear the same to an operator as routing SDI, providing transparent control.

The K2 Dyno Replay System with DynoZoom allows for pan/zoom functions to be applied to high frame-rate camera systems including 3X 1080p, 6X and 4K/UHD. K2 Dyno is also the only pan/zoom system to implement timeline keyframes on all captured formats — including 4K/UHD — that actively follow a pan or zoom path created by the operator.