NAB 2012: Grass Valley To Debut Latest Software-Based Tools

Grass Valley will continue to show broadcasters and video production professionals how to work smarter and increase productivity in all aspects of their business by using software-based tools and tightly integrated systems that foster collaboration and resource efficiency. The company plans to show a number of products at Booth SL106.

Karrera Video Production Center
Grass Valley has leveraged its engineering expertise and field-proven experience to design its new, mid-market platform—the Karrera Video Production Center. Karrera offers a suite of flexible features and an intuitive user interface which ensure that operating the Karrera will feel very familiar to experienced Grass Valley switcher operators, and easy to learn for those new to Grass Valley switchers.

Karrera borrows heavily from its predecessors—the Grass Valley Kayenne and Kayak switchers, providing a cost-effective, high-powered switcher for live and studio productions. Karrera is available with 1.5-2.5 M/Es in a 4 U frame and 2.5-4.5 M/Es in an 8 U frame. Karrera also features Grass Valley’s DoubleTake split M/E mode, which effectively increases the maximum possible number of M/Es (including an optional half-M/E) to 10. In addition there are four internal DPMs (iDPMs) in each M/E with Kurl and Spektra, and available in the 8U frame four independent channels of eDPM with primary and secondary combiner outputs.

Grass Valley will demonstrate the latest version of its EDIUS high-definition (HD), nonlinear video editing software (EDIUS v.6.5), with a comprehensive 3D editing workflow and native
support for raw footage captured with digital cinematography cameras from RED Digital.

“The Grass Valley EDIUS system continues to increase market share, due to its growing reputation as a fast, reliable, ‘edit anything’ editing solution,” said Charlie Dunn, Executive Vice President of Products for Grass Valley. “As the market has demanded new features to accommodate new file-based formats and even 3D production, we have kept pace and want to ensure our users that we are committed to the platform and will continue to add new improvements and the most critical features as they become available.”

The new EDIUS software boasts a comprehensive 3D workflow, complete with 3D stereoscopic editing tools and new 3D support across its editing peripherals. The full family of 3D-compatible Grass Valley editing peripherals—such as the STORM 3G 3D and STORM 3G Elite 3D accelerator cards (with stereoscopic 3D I/O through a single 3G SDI source and/or dual 3G SDI signals)—are now all supported from the EDIUS timeline. EDIUS software and hardware supports all of the most common stereoscopic modes—including the Side-by-Side, Top & Bottom and Line-by-Line display methods.

Grass Valley continues to add new features and functionality to the platform. The modular design of the STRATUS service oriented architecture (SOA) allows Grass Valley to easily and regularly add new software components to preserve customers’ investment and help them leverage and upgrade to the most advanced content creation tools quickly and easily.

Following the introduction of new STRATUS newsroom computer systems plug-ins for AP’s ENPS, Octopus, and Avid’s iNEWS (allowing users to access all of the tools within STRATUS through their respective newsroom computer systems), the latest software additions help streamline the labor-intensive production processes for logging clips, replaying highlights, and accomplishing multi-layered editing. The updates also facilitate the unlimited sharing of clips and content creation tools between collaborative workgroups or individual users.

In the weeks leading up to NAB 2012, and at the show itself, Grass Valley will debut several new software modules for STRATUS, including tight integration with the Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System.

K2 Summit
Grass Valley is beefing up its K2 Summit media server platform with a host of new features and functionality that make it more flexible, while supporting next-generation, tightly integrated file-based workflows for playout and production applications. Among a long list of new features, there’s support for AVCHD and H.264 file playback, as well as proxy encoding that can be both recorded and streamed over a network.

These new features are incorporated into the K2 Summit 3G server and represent the next logical step in the migration of the extremely flexible record and playout platform to support Grass Valley’s innovative STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework software. The new server architecture has all of the core services that allow users to perform control and asset management tasks through an IT-centric service oriented architecture (SOA) layer.

Trinix NXT Multiviewer
Grass Valley has added additional functionality to its Trinix
NXT Multiviewer for SD, HD, and 3G.  This powerful multiviewer can be added as an option to all Trinix frames worldwide and any Trinix frame ever sold. The latest enhancements include on-screen mouse and cursor functionality to expand individual tiles to full screen, powerful signal monitoring, status, alarming functions, and the ability to easily import and export configurations for pre-determined screen layouts.

Grass Valley will show this high-quality multiviewer integrated into its Trinix NXT routers, eliminating the need for additional cabling and other hardware—leading to a more reliable multiviewer. The multiviewer option supports infrastructures up to 3 Gb/s while providing up to eight HD-SDI multiviewer monitor outputs per card—including the ability to monitor audio for each source. 

“Even with all of its new features, the Trinix NXT Multiviewer optimizes space by eliminating secondary, external components and connections,” said Karl Schubert, Senior Vice President of the Video Products Group for Grass Valley. “The Trinix NXT Multiviewer is ideally suited to monitoring within all types of broadcast control rooms, live production and distribution facilities, and especially mobile trucks. Customers continue to commit their infrastructures to Trinix because the platform continues to grow and expand with their needs.”

3G Camera Transmission
Grass Valley
is also adding to the flexibility of its 3G Camera Transmission system (introduced at NAB 2011) with the LDK 4427 3G Fiber Camera to 3G Triax Converter, allowing users producing programs in resolutions up to 1080p50/60 to send their signals across any type of cable infrastructure. The LDK 4427 performs a 1-to-1 conversion of a 3G fiber camera signal to a 3G triax signal. Ancillary data—such as return video, control, and intercom—are also converted on a 1-to-1 basis, with full access to all transmission diagnostics at any time.

The Grass Valley LDK 4427 is built to withstand extreme weather situations, conforms to the IP54 safety standard (ensuring that it is dust- and waterproof), and comes standard with a sun hood and a rugged camera-mounting bracket. It can also be placed in a standard 19-inch rack where up to four units can be mounted side-by-side.

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