TV Record To Deploy Grass Valley in London

TV Record, Brazil’s second-largest television network, will deploy a complete high-definition (HD) production system from Grass Valley on-site in London for live and delayed coverage of the country’s athletes competing at the various sporting events this summer in London on its TV Record channel.

With an excited home audience watching, the broadcaster will leverage Grass Valley’s digital file-based technologies and engineering expertise — which have proven themselves time after time at many of the world’s highest-profile live sporting events — for all of its audio and video clip storage, editing, and playout operations.

“Our past experience with Grass Valley technologies reassures us that we can provide our viewers with the same production values in London that we provide at home in Brazil,” said José Marcelo Amaral, director of operations and engineering at TV Record. “While the world will be watching these sporting events, we want to give our viewers a world-class television experience. Grass Valley equipment will help us do that reliably and cost-effectively.”

TV Record will set up a fully networked storage area network (SAN) — based on Grass Valley K2 Summit media servers — to facilitate a collaborative editing environment. This production workflow will feature numerous seats of Grass Valley’s Aurora Digital News Production (DNP) platform for fast-paced news editing and EDIUS craft editing solutions.

Production staff will share clips stored on K2 Summit servers for production and playout during coverage of the sporting events this summer in London. The huge project, to be supported by Grass Valley engineers on-site as part of a Service Agreement, includes the design and set-up of the online SAN with K2 Dyno Replay Systems able to control all SAN files for slow-motion playout.

“We are very pleased that TV Record has committed all of its coverage of one of the world’s most watched television events to Grass Valley technologies and solutions,” said Jeff Rosica, executive vice president of Grass Valley. “They have continued to innovate and have put together one of the country’s most sophisticated newsgathering operations in the region. To think that they will now relocate much of that technology and work on-site in London, with the same capability, is remarkable.”

The network will use the Grass Valley Aurora suite of file-based tools to ingest, edit, and play out content within a completely file-based, shared storage production environment. The Aurora HD DNP platform to be installed in London includes 10 Aurora Edit and seven EDIUS editing workstations attached to 1,450 hours of K2 Production storage. The network will also set up numerous Aurora Ingest, Scheduling, and Playout stations; more than 30 Ingest and 10 Playout channels with up to a dozen Grass Valley K2 Summit servers.

Rede Record (part of TV Record) journalists and news production crews used an Aurora-based production system for the 2011 Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and are now using an upgraded version that includes several new ingest and playout channels. Additional EDIUS craft editing stations have been added to the same SAN to provide a tight integration between Aurora and EDIUS in a K2 SAN workflow.

In its production facility in São Paulo, TV Record has installed a fully networked Grass Valley Aurora workflow to support its TV Record 24 News Channel. Several of the network’s affiliated stations also produce new content with the Aurora platform, such as: TV Capital, TV Record RJ, and TV Sociedade. They also use Grass Valley Kayak HD and Kayenne Video Production Center switchers, a Maestro master control and branding system, Trinix and Concerto Series routers, and a wide array of modules from the Grass Valley GeckoFlex family of signal processing gear.

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