2011 NAB: Grass Valley in a Nutshell
LAS VEGAS: Grass
ballyhooed several new products for the 2011 NAB Show at its Saturday afternoon
presser at the MGM Grand where Wi-Fi was an unbelievable $100 per computer:
is a modular “media workflow application suite,” illustrated below at right, built on a
service-oriented architecture that supports a K2 network. Proxy streaming has
been implemented within the server.
3G Transmission, below left,
is Grass’s third-generation camera transmission
system, capable of carrying 3 Gbs signals over triax and fiber, extending the
range of triax by 25 percent “to a conservative minimum of 4,921 feet .” 3G triax is available
now; 3G Fiber will be in mid-May. Pricing will depend on configuration.
The four new
ADVC G-Series converters, below right, are now shipping. They offer
frame sync, 3D stereoscopic signal conversion, and 1080p capability with 3Gbs
SDI. All are 1/3 RU. The G1, G2, and G3 will retail for less than $1,200.
The G4 will retail for under less
ADVC G1 converts and/or upscales sources from HDMI, DVI, component, composite, S-Video, AES/EBU, and analog audio-to-HD/SD-SDI (3G/1.5G support),
and can also be used to embed audio.
ADVC G2 is an SDI & HDMI-to-analog and SDI multifunctional
converter/downscalar with audio outputs for de-embedding audio.
ADVC G3 is a twin-SDI-to-HDMI 1.4 converter with a second SDI input that
can be used for second-eye input to support 3D. It will multiplex two signals
for a 3D output via HDMI.
ADVC G4 is a sync generator with a reference input and nine outputs that
can be controlled in threes. It has a 48 kHz word-clock enabling it to be
combined with other ADVC G4 units.
upgraded software is available for Grass’s Jupiter and Encore
router control systems that provide faster processing and more flexibility
for the company’s Trinix NXT, Concerto, Apex, and Acappella routing switchers,
including full support of the Trinix NXT Multiviewer. Existing customers can
download the Encore upgrade at the Grass Valley support website.
New K2 Dyno Replay System, (shown top left) is getting new operational software that’s said to
provide faster start-ups, control response and playlist creation. It will be
available this month.
Grass is releasing v8.0 of its
Production Client, which supports simultaneous high- and low-resolution
clip generation directly on the server during ingest and recording, along with
the ability to stream those files as they are being ingested. It’s schedule for
a July release; price depends on configuration.
Maestro Master Control and Channel
Branding System, right, gets a new software option for generating Emergency Alert
System text crawls in HD or SD, due out in the second quarter.
Concerto video switchers get a
new I/O card capable of handling 3Gbps, also coming in 2Q.
MediaEdge LEB Pro encoder
provides realtime H.264 video encoding and distribution of live video, across
standard IP networks.
MediaEdge LEB Express, left,
is a more
cost-effective encoder that supports HDMI and composite video inputs only.
-SWT4 for Mac streaming video software client functions as a web
browser plug-in for Mac computers connected to a MediaEdge IP video network.
The MediaEdge trio of products start shipping this month. Pricing ranges from
$399 to $5,499 depending upon product and configuration.
The latest version of the
multiplatform content system automatically converts linear content for live
streaming using Flash, HLS-5 and Windows Media formats. It’s due out in July;
existing users get free upgrades.
Trinix NXT video routers are getting new I/O boards that
extend signal reach to more than 31 miles via fiber. They’re due in 3Q. They’ll
also get a Multiviewer monitoring
capability due in 3Q.