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Grass Valley To Intro Glass-to-Glass IP System at NAB

April 12th, 2015 Posted in Headlines By Ken Kerschbaumer

For customers who have yet to begin the process or those further along in the migration to IP infrastructure, Grass Valley will offer an approach to adopting IP technology at NAB 2015 that fits the unique needs of every broadcaster. Grass Valley will introduce its Glass-to-Glass IP solution, which enables customers to harness the power of IP to make their workflows incredibly agile and flexible while using SDN (software-defined network) and COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) switches in a familiar, broadcast-centric control environment. 

“Getting to IP is important, even for the sports market,” says Mike Cronk, Grass Valley, senior vice president of strategic marketing. “We’re leveraging third-party switches and addressing the needs of a live broadcast in terms of latency and switching cleanliness and we will be outlining some of the key pieces at NAB.”

Grass Valley’s IP demonstration will showcase several new technology components along with a suite of its solutions newly outfitted with the industry standard SMPTE 2022-6 compliant IP I/Os. Using SMPTE 2022-6 guarantees broadcasters product interoperability while the core infrastructure, based on COTS IP switches, provides scalability.

In addition, the Grass Valley stand will feature a live theater presentation focused on IP so that visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Grass Valley’s experts and learn about the specific advantages of IP and gain a better understanding of the current landscape.

“The promise of IP technology is that it allows broadcasters to achieve better efficiency and improved agility. We’re ready to begin delivering on this promise today. From image acquisition all the way through playout, we’re helping our customers make the transition by enabling IP interoperability throughout our product portfolio,” adds Cronk. “At NAB, we’ll demonstrate how we tailor an IP transition plan for each customer with a comprehensive, scalable, controllable, affordable and reliable solution.”

GV Convergent SDN makes routing IP video and audio appear the same as routing serial digital interface (SDI) to an operator, providing transparent control. GV Convergent SDN leverages proven IT technologies, such as COTS IP routing switches and SDN control, to maximize the flexibility essential in today’s dynamically changing media industry. Starting from the ground up, Grass Valley has designed a completely integrated configuration and powerful control system that is simple to use, operationally efficient and supports a wide range of hardware and software control panels with seamless control of IP and baseband infrastructure. This intuitive configuration tool allows for changes in real time by multiple administrators simultaneously, which helps operators and engineers become more efficient with faster set-up times.

Grass Valley has included an SDN module that will manage the IP network in the background, alongside SDI, to make video and audio signal handling transparent, simple and reliable. GV Convergent SDN’s modular-type flexibility of service-based architecture supports attention to real-time requirements for fast routing with advanced system-wide knowledge and interaction with multiple devices. The initial release of GV Convergent SDN will target customers who want to make use of IP alongside SDI or as an entrance into IP networking for video and audio signals.

In addition to the introduction of GV Convergent SDN at NAB, visitors will see demonstrations of new IP capabilities for a variety of Grass Valley equipment across the workflow.

For example, the XCU HD/4K XF IP camera base station offers a full end-to-end IP solution without the need to use external HDSDI-to-IP conversion. With the XCU HD/4K XF IP base station, broadcasters can invest in future-ready camera technology that works today in an HD infrastructure, but works equally as well in an IP environment.

Grass Valley will also showcase IP gateways that are easily added to existing signal-processing and routing platforms to enable hybrid workflows (SDI/IP) during an IP migration. The new Densité IP Gateway enables customers to update and upgrade their existing infrastructure for IP migration by adding Densité IPG-3901 Gateway modules to existing Densité frames. This approach makes it possible for IP products to integrate with existing SDI infrastructure and for SDI devices to connect to a video-over-IP infrastructure.

The latest NVISION 8500 IP Gateway can be added to any existing NVISION 8500 router.  The gateway cards can be installed in the same router frame which previously only managed SDI signals. They convert IP to SDI and SDI to IP through real-time packetizing of uncompressed baseband video for use over Ethernet networks.

Servers and switchers will also make the move to IP. The K2 Summit, with the introduction of a new codec board, is now available with IP connectivity. This board, which can be ordered in new K2 Summit configurations or ordered as a field upgrade for existing K2 Summits, offer both SDI and IP connectivity simultaneously. This makes the K2 Summit IP offering the perfect solution for customers that want a future-ready installation.

And the modular design of Grass Valley’s K-Frame video processing engine again proves to be both flexible and future thinking by adding a new IP I/O module. This new, half rack width IP I/O module allows users to directly connect K-Frame to IP sources and destinations without the need for external conversion gear, making true IP productions a reality.

And last but not least, Grass Valley will introduce the new Kaleido-Modular-X IP input card, which integrates with the existing Kaleido-Modular-X product line. Combining this new card with current SDI input cards enables mixed IP and SDI monitoring on the same multiviewer for a smooth transition to IP. The Kaleido-Modular-X IP card also enables designs of complete IP input and IP output multiviewers that can leverage IP infrastructure for scaling to very large multiviewing systems. This multiviewer is perfect for facilities that are beginning to migrate to IP, as it supports both SDI and IP simultaneously.

“We’re excited about the opportunities IP technology creates for our customers,” says Cronk. “And we’re looking forward to talking with customers at the NAB Show about how we can partner with them on setting a course for an efficient, effective IP migration.”