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Grass Valley to Unveil Production Center, Switcher Software

The Kayenne video production center and Kayak high-definition switcher just got an upgrade.

Grass Valley, a Nevada City, Calif. provider of professional broadcast solutions, is set to unveil the latest software for its line of Kayenne Video Production Center (v3.0) and Kayak (v7.0.4) high-definition switchers.

Both new software versions streamline production workflows, making crews more productive by providing the technical director (TD) with more control over camera settings, macro editing and signal routing, according to Grass Valley.

The new functionality in Kayenne v3.0 (with the Kayenne XL control panel) and Kayak v7.0.4 can provide TDs with control over multiple cameras directly from the switcher control panel via an Ethernet interface. That includes tally for each camera, with controls that include “Auto Iris,” “Auto Black Level,” “Filter Wheel Position,” and “Color Bars.”

“Scene Files” from multiple cameras can also be recalled from the switcher quickly and simultaneously, that includes complex setups, such as camera shading that are created and stored by video engineers on location or in the studio, Grass Valley says.

In addition, the new software provides simple installation and reliable three-color tally to Grass Valley cameras, and can be used to place cameras into a useable, but not necessarily fully shaded rehearsal mode, the company says. The new Kayenne software also provides a new macro editor that eliminates the need to rebuild a macro entirely from scratch merely to modify some of its functions.

Improving upon the current, stand-alone macro editor, Kayenne v3.0 software embeds the editor in the Kayenne menus, giving TDs direct access from the switcher interface or on a stand-alone PC, according to Grass Valley. TDs can build macros from scratch, offline, before running them on a Kayenne, in addition to editing macros created with the switcher interface. The macro editor delivers a plain text description of macro functions allowing lines to be re-arranged and functions to be modified, the company says.

Grass Valley switchers have long been able to control router source selection, used mainly for pre-selection of sources on router destinations feeding the switcher, according to Grass Valley. With Kayenne v3.0, router/switcher integration has advanced to a new level of performance with the ability to control Kayenne aux busses from Grass Valley Encore and Prelude control systems. Stand-alone router control panels running Prelude software can also be configured as remote aux panels. That includes “joystick override” modes for temporary or latching cuts to a specific source, or for salvos, the company says.

“Grass Valley continues to deliver the features and functionality that our customers are asking for so they can become more productive, and this new software is a reflection of those requests,” said Scott Murray, Grass Valley’s senior vice president, live production solutions. “The Kayenne has become the new workhorse of the worldwide high-end live production community, while the Kayak HD offers many of the same capabilities in a smaller, cost-effective system.”