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NAB Update: Grass Valley Celebrates 50th Anniversay With New Gear

At NAB 2009, Grass Valley will celebrate its 50th anniversary with new technology and systems for the wide variety of professional applications that it supports. The celebration (in booth #SL106) will include the introduction of several new products and enhancements that will help broadcasters and production professionals get the most performance, value, and fastest return on investment.

HD Live Production
The Grass Valley K2 Dyno replay controller, coupled with the new K2 Summit production server, are both designed to help sports producers and other professionals capture live events in crystal-clear HD resolutions and instantly play them out at variable speeds for critical analysis during fast-paced events.

Also on display: The Grass Valley LDK8300 3X HD super slo-mo camera, LDK8000 SportElite multiformat 2X HD slo-mo camera, LDK4000 Elite single format HD cameras, and the Infinity Digital Media Camcorder (with new integration of the Telecast Fiber Systems Copperhead transmission system and utilizing the full range of 2/3” cinema lenses). More than 20 Grass Valley HD cameras will also be on display throughout the show floor at partner booths.

Integrated Production Systems
A new version of Grass Valley Ignite software (v5.3) will be demonstrated with new features and functionality for single-operator, multi-camera productions. Ignite HD system will be shown in tandem with the Grass Valley MediaFUSE Content Re-purposing and Multi-distribution System.

HD News/Production Editing
NAB 2009 will see new version of Grass Valley’s Aurora (6.5) and EDIUS (5.1) HD editing software packages.  There’s new integration with the Grass Valley K2 media servers and improved workflow for Final Cut Pro users. This includes unique integration with the K2 server at the file level with QoS.

Also on display: The new series of Grass Valley I/O capture cards, which include the cost-effective HDSTORM, HDTHUNDER, HDSPARK, FireCoder Blu & FireCoder Intra products.

HD Infrastructure
Grass Valley will continue its support of 3 Gb/s infrastructures across its Trinix routing platform and GeckoFlex modular products. At NAB the Grass Valley Trinix NXT router will be introduced, complete with a 512×1024 asymmetrical frame and Grass Valley’s new CleanFlow™ architecture that provides superior signal performance at demanding 3Gb/s rates and other improvements providing increased reliability. Trinix NXT boards are compatible with existing Trinix frames, making for a seamless 3Gb/s upgrade path for the hundreds of existing Trinix users. The company will show a new GeckoFlex 1080p 3G-SDI D/A conversion card for the GeckoFlex platform.

There’s also a new Encore remote control panel, and new features for the Jupiter software, which facilitate full redundancy and “zero down time” capability.

HD and SD Compression
For all types of content distributors and multichannel digital TV operators, Thomson’s expanding line of ViBE encoders, decoders and multiplexers. New at NAB is the ViBE EM3100 HD MPEG-4 4:2:2 contribution encoder and the combined MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 encoding for the existing ViBE EM1000 and EM2000 encoders.

Mobile Video
With the emergence of a proposed Mobile/Handheld (M/H) standard for U.S. stations to send broadcast television signals to portable devices, Thomson will show a complete ATSC-M/H solution, including a new ATSC-M/H exciter for its existing line of Elite solid-state transmitters, and a full range of ATSC-M/H –ready head-end equipment (encoder, multiplexer, electronic service guide generator).