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Apr 22

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It was shoulder-to-shoulder in the Grass Valley booth today as attendees excitedly viewed the demonstrations on the latest Grass video production switcher. Kayenne is a new family of production switchers that integrates the most powerful features of Grass Valley's popular Kalypso and Kayak models while adding adds new advances that enable high-end creativity as well as streamline production HD workflow. Ray Baldock, Grass Valley’s CTO described the crowd’s response to the new switcher as “unbelievably great”.

Among the many hardware and software innovations Kayenne provides are six keyers per M/E, 20 channels of DPM, including a 4-channel eDPM with two combiner outputs, Source Rules which associate keys with a source, a Device Control Module with jog wheel interacting with its Q-MEM cue library, and Define E-MEM providing finer control of E-MEM effects.

The production switcher provides up to 96 inputs and 48 outputs in a single frame, making the Kayenne the most powerful and capable switcher on the market say Grass officials. Kayenne frames range from 1.5 to 4.5 Mix Effects. A half M/E with six linear/luminance keyers is standard in every model.

Kayenne has a new modular control panel. The hot-swappable panel modules can be removed and replaced quickly, without impacting on-air production. The panel's ergonomic design provides instant access to the many new features. All of the buttons on the panel are RGB buttons so that color designates M/E, key, source, and function. Also, two rows of configurable OLED source name displays per M/E stripe provide increased legibility with the clearest and brightest displays available. More information on the Kayenne is available on the Grass Valley website.

View a video demo of Thomson Grass Valley's Kayenne.

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