01.30.2006 11:36 AM
New Grass Valley Kayak HD switchers for NAB


Among several new features, the Kayak HD switcher now offers the new Grass Valley MatchDef option that provides a series of internal video input scalars.

Grass Valley has expanded its family of Kayak HD switchers with new features and functionalities to meet a variety of multiformat SD and HD production requirements.

The Kayak HD switcher now offers the new Grass Valley MatchDef option that provides a series of internal video input scalars and allows users to:

  • Insert SD sources into an HD production;
  • Insert HD sources into an SD production;
  • Cross-match dissimilar HD formats into either an HD or an SD project.

MatchDef processing enables the switcher to cross-scale from 720p sources to 1080i, while simultaneously up-scaling SD sources into the 1080i production.

The Kayak HD product line, whose models offer 10-bit video processing and are switchable between HD (1080i and 720p) and SD (525-line NTSC and 625-line PAL) formats, now includes seven different models. The models range from 1- to 3M/E in a compact or mid-sized footprint. At NAB2006, the company will also introduce several SD-only Kayak systems that can be upgraded to multiformat SD/HD production with a simple board swap.

Grass Valley has several products now shipping including the Kayak HD 100C, a 1M/E production switcher; the Kayak HD 150C, a 1.5M/E switcher; and the Kayak HD 200C, a 2M/E switcher with 2M/E control panel.

For more information, visit thomsongrassvalley.com.

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