Recent Case Studies

Multimedios Televisión Benefiting from the comprehensive technology and expertise of the new Grass Valley Case Study

By the time Erik Garza joined Multimedios Televisión in 1991, the company had been using solutions from Grass Valley for years. Over time, Multimedios Televisión also became a customer of Miranda Technologies. Today, the Multimedios partnership with the former Grass Valley and Miranda organizations continues through the new Grass Valley, formed in early 2014 when Belden acquired Grass Valley and merged it with Miranda Technologies. By working with the new Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, Multimedios benefits from a streamlined and accelerated approach to adopting the latest technologies and meeting nearly all of its broadcast workflow needs from a single entity.

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ITV Streamlines Distribution with IT-based Content Delivery Case Study

ITV, the UK's largest commercial television network, will be streamlining its distribution chain using highly integrated IT-based content delivery, based on the iTX solution from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.

ITV's move to an IT-based system will begin with its new Red Button interactive video services, which are due to launch later this year. The new system will offer much greater playout flexibility, enhanced scalability and a lower cost of ownership.

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Game Creek Video: Veteran Production Company Builds HD and 3D Live Sports Future on Grass Valley Kayenne Platform Case Study

Game Creek has used Grass Valley video production switchers for many of the most high-profile live sports projects—such as the Daytona 500, college basketball and football, professional NBA basketball (including the NBA finals) and NFL football. The company understands the value of reliability and capturing the moment as it happens. In live sports production there are no second chances.

As it continues to help its clients produce these type of high-profile live sporting events, Game Creek remains committed to Grass Valley switching technology and will deploy the latest Grass Valley Kayenne Video Production Center switcher on its new trucks going forward.

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New England School of Communications Case Study

New England School of Communications (NESCom), www.nescom.edu Based in Bangor, ME, NESCom offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Communications Technology, Media Studies, and Entertainment Production.

CHALLENGES: The need for a high-end video production switcher for its mobile production truck that offers a simple interface and quick learning curve to ready students for real-world applications

SOLUTION: Karrera Video Production Center

BENEFITS: The ability for students to learn basic, yet important, functions such as quick transitions within a short time frame in order to prepare them for careers in broadcasting and media production

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First Baptist Dallas Case Study

First Baptist Church of Dallas has rolled out a full HD production system to broadcast church services in high-definition (HD) under low-light conditions for domestic television, radio, and international web audiences. The system allows them to produce high-end program streams for image magnification, broadcast, and the Internet simultaneously. The solution features the latest Grass Valley production technologies, including nine LDK 8000 Elite series cameras and a Karrera Video Production Center switcher.

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Pistas Argentinas-Ironbox SA Case Study

Pistas Argentinas-Ironbox SA, Argentina Produces Automovilismo para Todos (Motorsport for Everyone) 42 weekends per year

CHALLENGES: A live production solution that can handle the demands of auto racing, including cable runs up to 1,800m (5,905 ft.)

SOLUTION: Grass Valley LDK 8000 and LDK 8300 Super SloMo cameras, K2 Dyno Replay Systems, and a Karrera Video Production Center switcher

BENEFITS: Superb imagery with slow-motion to capture the events and emotions of auto racing

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Los Angeles International Airport Case Study

LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports), US

INTEGRATORS: Electrosonic SYSTEM DESIGNER/TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: Smart Monkeys, Inc.

CHALLENGE: Constructing a massive LED architectural component that provides 24/7/365 updates and information to the airport's millions of passengers

SOLUTION:
Seven Grass Valley K2 Summit transmission servers

BENEFITS: A proven system that consistently manages video and provides a level of redundancy, allowing for 24/7 operations

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Rupp Arena: Serving Fans HD Video With Flexible Grass Valley Technology Case Study

In the spring of 2011, Merrill Richardson, Director of Facilities for the Lexington Center Corporation (LCC)—a private, non-profit agency of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)—was looking for an advanced, high-definition (HD) video record and playback system. The goal was a system that would help his production team distribute content as digital files throughout Lexington, Kentucky's famous Rupp Arena (home to University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball) in the most efficient way, while providing a great fan experience.

Richardson chose the Grass Valley® K2 Summit® media server platform and a Grass Valley K2 Dyno® Replay System (which is made up of an intuitive, tactile K2 Dyno Replay Controller tightly linked to a K2 Summit server). From a central video production control room inside Rupp Arena, the new server system also feeds seven other AV systems—including a new IPTV system for the numerous concession stands located throughout the building.

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ORF: Moving To Tapeless, File-Based Workflows With K2 Servers For All Of Its In-House Productions Case Study

ORF, the national public service broadcaster in Austria and one of the first K2 server users, now has one of the largest K2 server installations in the world with approximately 320 K2 operational playout channels located in its Vienna headquarters and in its ten regional studios.

ORF produces a lot of in-house content, with seven large production studios in Vienna as well as its ten regional broadcast studio facilities. It has been a continuing project to streamline production costs through the use of new technologies, which includes moving as quickly as possible to tapeless production and file-based workflows.

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Hall Of Music Productions, Purdue University Case Study

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Thistle Communications (K2 Dyno and K2 Summit) Case Study

As Thistle Communications clients' expectations grew, they knew the days of tape playback and recording were over and that they had to provide an HD, file-based solution. In converting their senior mobile unit to offer a compact footprint that takes a cost-effective approach in delivering world-class HD video productions.

Thistle's senior HD production truck houses a rich mix of HD technology, including a Grass Valley® K2 Dyno® Replay System with a K2 Summit® media server—which filled the company's need for a dependable and fast-acting replay system for live sports productions.

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Fox Sports Latin America: With Grass Valley, Fox Sports Latin America is investing in the future in content creation through playout. Case Study

Fox Sports Latin America's headquarters is located in Mexico and is considered the most advanced facility in Latin America. Fox Sports chose Grass Valley® products because they deliver extra value from content creation, acquisition, and production through playout.

Equipment installation was divided in two stages. First to be installed was the Aurora™ news production suite, K2 Summit® media servers, Concerto™ routing, Encore™ facility control software, the Maestro™ multi-channel master control and channel branding system, and hundreds of GeckoFlex™ signal conversion modules. The second stage of the project saw the installation of two Kayenne® 2.5 M/E Video Production Center switchers and 12 LDK 3000 HD cameras for Fox Sports Latin America's two new production studios.

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Dorna Sports: The key to Dorna’s tapeless, file-based live replay system is the Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System Case Study

MotoGP is a fast-paced, thrilling sport, taking the world's best professional motorcycle riders and machines and racing them on the toughest tracks around the world. It's the responsibility of worldwide TV rights holder Dorna Sports to make sure that for each race, the fans at home and in the bars and pubs around the world are not disappointed.

With a full-time staff of around 150, plus as many as 200 more production freelancers, Dorna relies exclusively on the Grass Valley® K2 Dyno® Replay System for the instant replays for each race.

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WGBH Getting Ignited and Finding Efficiency Along The Way Case Study

In early 2011, WGBH decided to migrate its production capabilities to an Ignite automated production system from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. The system allows a single operator to take on several roles required during production.

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KVVU (FOX5): Grass Valley Ignite Helps Sin City Station Increase Local News Case Study

In June 2009, when Meredith Corp. management decided to turn over the newscasts of KVVU (FOX5), the local FOX affiliate in Las Vegas, to an Ignite scalable automated production system from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, the move was met with a bit of apprehension. At the time, the technology was still fairly unchartered waters for a small station like KVVU and it was clear that to make the transition work, all of the staff would have to be on board. Yet, if they were successful, they'd be able to work smarter and produce their newscasts in a very different and efficient way.

"Two years later, we couldn't be happier with how well the system has performed and how easily our staff took to it and made our newscasts better," said Gary Prager, Production Manager at KVVU. "Because of the Ignite system, we are now able to do more than before we got the system — an additional full hour of news."

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NTV-PLUS Using Grass Valley integrated production infrastructure for high-pressure, mission-critical performance at the London Summer Games Case Study

Leading Russian satellite broadcaster NTV-Plus was planning comprehensive coverage of a number of major sporting events from London in 2012. It had been the Russian broadcast rights holder for the Beijing Summer Games in 2008 and had faced several operational challenges. Named the Russian broadcast rights holder for the London Summer Games, it analyzed the difficulties of 2008, then made a list of requirements for the complex it was going to need in London.

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Creative Technology Group: Getting Creative With T2 At The 2010 Detroit Auto Show Case Study

Creative Technology is an internationally recognized professional audio visual staging services provider with locations in the US, UK, Germany, Dubai, China, and Singapore. They have worked with many of the major automobile manufacturers around the world to help announce new products in the most imaginative way. Along with all of the exotic cars and prototype vehicles on display at the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) convention, held in Detroit, the event is also renown for its sophisticated live multimedia presentations that vie for attendees' attention.

To automatically play back pre-recorded video on large screen displays at the 2010 NAIAS convention at Detroit's Cobo Hall in January, Creative Technology used a unique, file-based digital disk recorder—the T2 intelligent digital disk recorder (iDDR) from Grass Valley® to drive numerous high-definition video screens in support of the recurring live presentations.

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Nippon Television (NTV) Network Tremendous Gains in Efficiency from Switching to the Grass Valley HQ Codec and a New Workflow Case Study

Efficient graphics production for HD applications was the goal of the Technical Operations department at Nippon Television Network (NTV) as they ventured to try a new workflow leveraging the compression benefits of the Grass Valley® HQ Codec. Not only did the new workflow solve several problems, it greatly streamlined production while maintaining superb image quality rivaling uncompressed graphics. In fact, their work has never looked better.

In adopting a new workflow for HD graphics production, Technical Operations identified their objective: reduce file size while maintaining superb image quality to enable efficient production. One way to meet this objective was to use a compression codec, but this was unprecedented at the department.

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Sky Sports Using The K2 Solo Media Server For On-Location Graphics Case Study

Sky Sports differentiates itself from the competition with dynamic graphics that use rolling key and fill effects controlled by a Grass Valley K2 Solo Server through the video production switcher. The K2 Solo provides the flexibility to do more, thanks to its ChannelFlex capability.

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Motionlink Making Easy Work of all Media Formats and Resolutions in a Collaborative Post Environment Case Study

Over the past 15 years, Australia's Motionlink, based in Sydney, has established a name and reputation that has seen it grow to be a leader in the production of digital deliverables. One of their claims to fame is the requirement that they be able to ingest any tape or file format and output it to their client’s requirements.

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Māori Television Improves Productivity With Grass Valley Case Study

When it comes to the production technology it uses, Māori Television understands the value of quality. That's why they selected Grass Valley products and systems for their major facility upgrade solution. Grass Valley's reliability, operational longevity, and adaptability just made good financial sense. With careful planning and expert help from Grass Valley system integration engineers, a comprehensive facility upgrade was designed.

The first phase successfully replaced Māori Television's aging central routing switcher with a new Grass Valley Trinix® NXT without affecting on-air or in-house operational performance. The new technology implementation employed includes a GV STRATUS™ media workflow application framework, a series of K2 Summit® production clients, and multiple seats of EDIUS® multiformat nonlinear editors—all connected to a K2 SAN. Māori Television also uses its two K2 Dyno Replay Systems integrated into the advanced news and general production environment.

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Sky Racing Australia’s Sky Racing Takes Live Sports Production onto the STRATUS Platform Case Study

Among the services that Sky Racing offers both broadcasters and the wagering public in Australia is real-time thoroughbred, greyhound, and harness racing coverage aggregated from a large number of venues disparately located across the country and internationally. The aim of the presentation is to be clear and for it to be easily understood. Last year alone, it helped televise and stream online more than 83,000 races. To do this requires a vast amount of staff coordination and the most advanced live video production and distribution technology.

Carl Petch, Chief Engineer at Sky Racing, based in Frenchs Forrest (north Sydney), said with the ever-growing number of platforms—TV, Internet, and mobile—his staff has to support, the need for efficiency and fast turnaround times has never been stronger. To do this cost-effectively, the company has become the first commercial customer for the new Grass Valley® STRATUS™ software-based media workflow application framework that brings a number of Sky Racing’s content creation departments under the same graphical user interface.

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Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation Case Study

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Japan

CHALLENGE: To upgrade its current tape-based workflow to a complete nonlinear system

SOLUTION: GV STRATUS, K2 SAN storage, K2 Summit, EDIUS HDWS 3GS Elite turnkey editing system, GeckoFlex

BENEFITS: A streamlined, collaborative, and efficient workflow with multiformat nonlinear editing capabilities and a high-performance media server

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TheFrank Aldana Case Study

A Journey of Peace with EDIUS and the world’s largest peace mural

TheFrank Aldana (yes, he refers to himself in the third person), his wife Tweet Aldana, and a host of volunteers took on photography and videography duties. This resulted in 9,454 pictures and 1,101 (more than 11 hours) of video clips, captured with just about every device imaginable in a multitude of formats.

With the ability to work natively with just about any kind of media you throw at it, Grass Valley® EDIUS® made the sheer volume of footage somewhat less daunting for Aldana.

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Playboy Plus 3D Case Study

Playboy Plus, US www.playboytv.com

CHALLENGE: To find a 3D post production solution that worked as well as a 2D solution, without adding additional import and render time

SOLUTION: Grass Valley EDIUS with STORM 3G SDI/HDMI card for real-time drop to timeline 3D editing

BENEFITS: Ability to fix a variety of problems in post using the EDIUS Layouter

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