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01.30.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
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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