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Grass Valley, Cisco Offer Live Demo of Remote IP Workflow

April 12th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By SVG Staff

Grass Valley (Booth SL206), a Belden Brand, and Cisco (Booth N802) are collaborating on a live demonstration of Grass Valley’s remote IP production workflow, leveraging SMPTE 2022-6.

The demonstration illustrates an interoperable workflow, from Cisco’s booth to Grass Valley’s live-production booth, managed by Grass Valley’s new GV Convergent SDN (software-defined network) solution. This workflow shows broadcasters how scalable, programmable, and advanced IP technologies can be deployed for live production with minimal delay and no dropped packets and also demonstrates the growing interoperability between suppliers.

“It’s exciting to see Grass Valley and Cisco demonstrate the glass-to-glass live production signal chain on — and between — our NAB booths,” says Chuck Meyer, chief technology officer, production, Grass Valley. “When two market leaders collaborate to implement highly integrated solutions up and down the signal chain, our industry can be confident the transition to IP is a reality for the entire media ecosystem.”

From the Cisco booth, the new Grass Valley LDX 86 WorldCam camera with XCU HD/4K XF IP base station will send a 3G SMPTE 2022-6 signal through two Cisco switches across a 10 GigE link between the North and South Halls. Grass Valley’s Nvision 8500 IP Gateway router and Kaleido multiviewer will also be at the Cisco booth with access to sources, including cameras, at the Grass Valley booth. Multiple Cisco Nexus 7000 and 3000 Series switches will be leveraged in the Grass Valley booth, both live in the engine room and in the theater area.

“Being able to demonstrate a remote IP workflow from the show floor validates [that] IP technology can be deployed for live production and that interoperability between suppliers is growing significantly,” says Pradeep Kathail, chief software architect, Cisco Software Group. “We look forward to showing broadcasters the value of IP at both the Grass Valley and Cisco booths.”

Meyer and Kathail will also conduct a joint presentation titled “Deterministic IP Networks for Live Video Production and Next-Generation Broadcast Video with IP” at 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in the Connected World Theater.