Grass Valley : IP Solutions, 4K Workflows, and New Business Models at IBC 2015

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Marco Lopez, President,
Michael Cronk, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Marketing Grass Valley
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At IBC 2015, Grass Valley (Stand 1. D11), a Belden Brand, will show its innovative solutions for capture, transmission, replay, workflow and storage, as well as provide insights that will help attendees make the most of new technology with solutions that guide their future handling of IP and help them make the most of digital delivery platforms.

Some of the highlights at the booth include:

  • Glass-to-Glass Live Production IP Solutions — A key part of Grass Valley’s (GV) Glass-to-Glass offering (from the glass of the camera lens to the glass of the monitor wall) is GV Convergent, a powerful new SDN system that controls both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT switchers and SDI routers. With a unified control that is familiar to broadcasters, GV Convergent enables migration from SDI to IP at the pace and scale that’s right for individual broadcasters.

Capture d’écran 2015-09-10 à 17.27.28Debuting at IBC is GV Node, the world’s first true, real-time IP processing platform, offering multipurpose video and audio processing and vertically accurate switching, which brings the convenience and flexibility of IP into the live production world.

Capture d’écran 2015-09-10 à 17.28.15To demonstrate the impact of IP in production, Grass Valley is showing its new 4K one-wire capability based on TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression with IP connectivity for K-Frame switchers processing a 4K/UHD source from the LDX 86 series XCU base station—all via a single, lightweight cable.

IP is featured in Grass Valley’s playout solutions as well, with the new iTX 2.8 on hand demonstrating its newly redesigned broadcast engine that now features compressed IP I/Os and fully integrated Softel subtitling.

  • Accessible, Switchable 4K/UHD Workflows — Grass Valley sets the standard in 4K/UHD live production starting with the LDX 86 Universe 4K/6X HD switchable camera in tandem with the K2 Dyno Universe replay system. Broadcasters can now own an acquisition/replay solution that supports HD, 4K or 6X acquisition without having to change workflows or go over budget.

Debuting at IBC is the new Extended Dynamic Range (XDR) software upgrade option for all LDX 86 Series cameras working in single-speed formats (HD/3G/4K), leveraging the dynamic range of the Xensium-FT CMOS imagers for improved 4K/UHD content.

Grass Valley will participate in a joint demonstration of the LiveIP Project, a multi-vendor system integration to showcase IP-based live broadcast production with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT. The demonstration is a scaled-down version of the full project, and will be featured in the EBU booth (10.F20).

On Friday, September 11th at 11:30 a.m. in room E102, Grass Valley’s vice president of infrastructure products, Mark Hilton, will participate in a conference session entitled, “The IP Infrastructure Revolution.” The session will address issues such as the business case for IP, the practicality of remote production and how soon IP will be used to deliver content from sensor to viewers’ screens.

At IBC, digital media solutions will be showcased that deliver automated VOD content and smooth handling of all multiplatform content delivery needs. These solutions, featuring both GV STRATUS and iTX platforms, provide flexibility to broadcasters and help them monetize content and realize additional revenues.

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