The Weather Channel has selected Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to upgrade its full roster of studio cameras with IP and 4K UHD solutions. The broadcaster will deploy 18 Grass Valley LDX 86NSeries cameras along with the newly launched Creative Grading control panel.
“Migrating to both IP and 4K UHD is at the forefront of our strategy, and any camera investment we make now has to be future proofed to support our plans. While great pictures are important, an advanced feature set and seamless integration with our IP and SDSDI routing system are crucial factors. Grass Valley was able to meet all of our criteria, making it the obvious choice for this project,” said Michael Smereski, vice president of broadcast engineering at The Weather Channel.
The LDX 86N camera was selected following rigorous side-by-side testing of all the major camera vendors. The testing underlined Grass Valley’s ability to handle complex technical integration and deliver advanced control capabilities while capturing stunning images.
“The new Creative Grading control system is something we are very excited about; it allows us to integrate a minimal amount of camera control into the control rooms so small adjustments can be easily made during periods when the studio is not fully staffed,” Smereski continued. “Additionally, the Grass Valley cameras provide native Mo-Sys support, which is central to the immersive reality (IR) and augmented reality (AR) elements that we have within our programming.”
“The Weather Channel is a longstanding Grass Valley customer and we are proud that our solutions have been chosen by them once again,” said Jan-Pieter van Welsem, vice president sales, Americas, Grass Valley. “This deployment allows them to leverage our clear upgrade path to IP and 4K UHD as they meet viewers’ demands for new service formats and higher resolution content.”