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Grass Valley EDIUS 9 wins Product Innovation Award

EDIUS 9 Nonlinear Editing Software from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, has been recognised by TV Technology, part of NewBay’s Broadcast/Video Group, with a 2017 Product Innovation Award. First introduced in November, EDIUS 9 added a number of significant performance enhancements that made it even easier for users to edit anything in real time in almost any format or resolution.

“Our team works really hard to learn from users and add the new features that make EDIUS more powerful and user-friendly with each version,” noted Katsushi Takeuchi, vice president and general manager, Editing Systems, Grass Valley. “Recognition like this from such a respected source means a lot to us. It’s even further validation that the platform is exactly what the industry needs and is on the right path to remain an indispensable tool in the nonlinear editing process.”

Some of the many new features in EDIUS 9 include native editing and full export of HDR material from any source, the ability to mix SDR and HDR material in the same project, workflow and format updates, a major upgrade of the user interface, additional third-party hardware support, and the inclusion of Mync media management software.

Soon, EDIUS 9 also will feature a new “Cloud Ready” floating license package that is designed for large facilities such as broadcast stations or educational environments, allowing users to install EDIUS across multiple systems and then run a set number simultaneously at any given time, adding more licenses as needed. This feature will enable the use of EDIUS 9 on virtual workstations with major cloud platforms.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, NewBay’s Product Innovation Award recognises excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV/pro video and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/pro video or broadcast/online radio environment.

LDX 82 Series HDR-capable advanced imaging camera platform

For increased flexibility and a wider range of choice when it comes to HD cameras, Grass Valley recently debuted the LDX 82 Series, which includes four upgradable camera models, offering varying levels of operational flexibility to match every production need. Each model of the LDX 82 Series offers the best sensitivity in all HD formats—including 1080p—a wide colour gamut, and Grass Valley’s XDR (Extended Dynamic Range) operation with a full 15 F-stops (available by GV-eLicense only).

The LDX 82 Series cameras are built around Xensium-FT imagers, a new generation of camera imagers that combine all the advantages of CMOS imaging technology such as high sensitivity in all video modes, high dynamic range and low power consumption. They also include global shutter behaviour, which before was possible only with CCD imagers. Xensium-FT imagers deliver unmatched sensitivity and picture quality even in the most demanding applications.

Understanding that productions need freedom and adaptability, Grass Valley enables users to choose the right solution to fit their specific requirements. Thanks to the unique GV-eLicense program, LDX 82 Series users have the choice of upgrading their cameras to the functionality of any higher level in the family though a perpetual or 7-day license.

The LDX 82 Series also is available in compact versions, providing even more workflow and creative flexibility. The compact format enables the highest quality native HD capture in camera positions that are difficult to reach, or are impractical for camera operators.

Visit Grass Valley at Mediatech 2017 on the Protea Electronics stand (D17). 

Grass Valley helps broadcasters transition to IP

Long a proven networking technology for many industries, Internet Protocol (IP) technology is quickly gaining traction across the broadcast television ecosystem as broadcasters look to make their operations more efficient on every level. Understanding exactly how and when IP technology will impact a given business model depends on a broadcaster’s individual situation, but developing an understanding of the technology and how it fits different workflows is critical.

The need to manage a growing volume of content continues in the broadcast world (i.e., multiple formats, VOD, OTT, etc.) as the market jockeys to identify the best way to accommodate viewer tastes. Higher quality content (4K/UHD and beyond) requires more horsepower to distribute throughout and between broadcast plants. To remain efficient while satisfying these demands, broadcasters need to choose the technology that has already demonstrated its ability to support the bandwidth that broadcasters require. In the long term, IP provides the most affordable and sustainable solution.

IP technology is well established and is already delivering benefits in a number of other vertical industry applications, including IT data centers. The broadcast industry can benefit from a model like this, one that relies on the same scalability, load balancing, use of commodity hardware and redundancy that make IT data centers so ubiquitous and successful. The Broadcast Data Center approach from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, brings all of those benefits to the broadcast space.

With the agility of IP, broadcasters are set up to handle the growing needs of their broadcast plant today and, perhaps even more importantly, to ensure their ability to continue expanding easily in the future. It’s this agility through technology that makes IP so appealing: high data rates, wide bandwidth and a system that’s both format agnostic and scalable for whatever the future brings. An IP infrastructure based on open standards provides broadcasters with maximum agility and flexibility to adjust business models, capitalise on new revenue opportunities, and add new capabilities and services without having to constantly rebuild their infrastructure.

The reason for common standards is obvious: interoperable solutions based on widely accepted, open standards have driven the industry’s growth and success for decades by accommodating broadcasters’ current needs and ensuring they’re ready for future advancements. Just as the industry did with SDI, broadcasters must maintain this approach with IP—utilising a single, standardised interface for transmission of video to ensure that widespread signal transport interoperability continues.

As a founding member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an independent trade association founded to ensure that all IP solutions brought to market offer complete interoperability, Grass Valley is dedicated to open standards that will integrate seamlessly into current workflow environments. The association’s initial focus is on promoting the awareness, adoption and refinement of open protocols for media over IP.

Broadcast television operations are the factories that drive the medium and IP technology improves productivity. Going forward, IP technology is changing the way video is produced. IP data transport not only provides a way to move media from point to point, but also enables carriage of additional, time-varying data related to the media itself.

For example, a camera has a fixed location measured with GPS and lens type, based on configuration. As the video is recorded, F-stop and focus are varied. Additional dynamic information related to the recording can be included in the metadata such as time of day, event type, people, places or things, and other keywords associated with the media. This data can then be used to generate and render real-time graphic enhancements, such as first down lines for American football games or other event-specific graphics. As a result, follow-on productions are richer, and offer more value by including additional clips, sound-bites or text references based on context.

This is one of the real values of IP. It can be argued that metadata has become at least as valuable, if not more valuable, than the actual video being captured. And, the way that dynamic metadata is handled by IP technologies powers creativity, through time-aware, data-rich applications that can’t be handled in SDI.

In many customer environments around the world, Grass Valley’s Broadcast Data Center enables a broadcast-centric IP plant designed with the affordability and efficiency of today’s IP networks and COTS switches, while leveraging the reliability, extensibility, functionality and familiarity of the SDI broadcast world. GV Convergent control system controls and manages traffic through both IP switches and SDI routers, while controlling edge switching and orchestrating bandwidth with a design for the needs of broadcasters. The GV Node Real-Time IP Processing and Routing Platform provides vertically-accurate switching. Controlled by GV Convergent, GV Node’s real time, distributed routing and IP processing supports both IP and SDI workflows. Additionally, GV Convergent and GV Node provide other broadcast-centric benefits so that an IP infrastructure mimics traditional SDI workflow and processes.

With the right solutions provided by a supplier that is committed to interoperability and leveraging the benefits of technology from adjacent markets, broadcasters are realising the benefits of IP and are discovering new opportunities for improved efficiency and profitability.

Visit Grass Valley at Mediatech 2017 on the Protea Electronics stand (D17). 

Grass Valley introduces the new GV Korona K-Frame V-series systems

The new GV Korona K-Frame V-series systems from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, are specifically designed for low- and mid-range broadcast and media applications, where compromising on performance is not an option. GV Korona K-Frame V-series systems are available in two system packages, with 1 or 2 M/Es and a compliment of licenses, for exceptional value and incredible power.

The small footprint of the GV Korona K-Frame V-series is ideal for smaller stations, sub-studios, mobile environments, corporate, sports venues, educational, government and houses of worship production facilities. With its modular design for simple scalability and serviceability to its handling SD/HD and the ability to produce in 3G/1080p with no loss of functionality and 4K UHD with a simple license upgrade, it is ready for anything.

Out of the box, GV Korona K-Frame V-series provides you with 3G/1080p and 4K UHD (quad-split and 2SI) support capabilities, up to 3 M/Es plus two additional and powerful Video Processing Engines (VPEs) for all the no compromise mixing and keying power you will ever need. Its native 10-bit 4:2:2 processing even supports High Dynamic Range (HDR). This is real big switcher performance in a small form factor with a lower CAPEX cost than previously available.

As part of the K-Frame family of Video Production Centers, the V-series works with any Grass Valley switcher control panel, just as any control panel works with any K-Frame. This gives you the power to build a show on one panel, with the confidence to know that it will play back on any other panel.

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