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Grass Valley STRATUS, the Next Step in Shared Production Workflows, Unveiled to European Market at IBC 2011

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (IBC — Stand 1.D11), September 08, 2011Grass Valley™ is introducing Europe and the world to an innovative new software concept, the STRATUS™ Media Workflow Application Framework. STRATUS streamlines a variety of tasks and processes for media production and management. Through a series of fully integrated, task-specific tools, STRATUS facilitates an efficient workflow across the entire content creation and distribution chain—all from a single, intuitive graphical user interface (GUI).

STRATUS tools can be deployed for use in studios, sporting events, entertainment programs, and newsrooms. With its approach of integrated proxy, all levels and types of personnel can have access to content and tasks. STRATUS tools can be laid out according to individual user and job requirements for both ease of use and maximum efficiency.

Having a single application to install, learn, and maintain, means that STRATUS lowers the cost of entry, lowers the cost of ownership, and enables users to do more with less. STRATUS systems provide simple configuration, minimal need of hardware, and short training cycles.

The STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework uses the latest version of the Grass Valley K2 Summit™ (v. 8.0) media server platform as the foundation for all media clips to be stored, shared, and distributed in a fast and highly efficient way. K2 Summit server systems now make proxy files instantly available to virtually everyone on a network with proper authorization. K2 technology also provides the management, capacity, and bandwidth necessary to perform complex production processes.

Other Grass Valley production applications, such as the EDIUS® multi-format editing package, have been tightly integrated to allow real-time edit-in-place and rendering of effects, as well as automated playback from the STRATUS application.

"The STRATUS platform is easy to learn and can be configured in a variety of ways to significantly improve efficiency, speed, and flexibility," said Charlie Dunn, Executive Vice President of Products for Grass Valley. "With an innovative, IT-centric design, STRATUS makes any organization more efficient and easily able to adapt to rapidly changing business models. In today's highly competitive, multi-distribution platform world, this has become critical to success."

Leveraging metadata and the unlimited sharing of content, the STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework has also enabled a number of new features not found on any other production system. For example, with STRATUS, media clips can be scheduled for ingest and stored in different locations, and then played back in real-time from anywhere on the STRATUS network, from the same computer workstation client and control (software) interface. This leads to increased productivity and faster project turnaround times. And yet, STRATUS can also be scaled down to accommodate a single user, with a single PC and a K2Summit server.

Because all of the tools are found within the same architecture, the tools all talk to each other and easily interact together. There's no launching and relaunching of applications, so work is never interrupted. For news production, Grass Valley is introducing new STRATUS plug-ins for AP's ENPS and Avid's iNEWS that allow users to access all of the tools of the STRATUS platform through their respective newsroom computer systems.

"STRATUS builds gateways between different worlds that were once a room or a building apart," added Dunn. "Now they can all be brought together at the same user level very easily. This allows one staff member to handle multiple tasks, which is becoming more appealing to media companies, large and small, in all markets."

In addition, the use of common tools within STRATUS—which look and feel the same to the user—make them easier to deploy, upgrade, and to train staff on. This Service Oriented Architecture allows Grass Valley to develop and install new tools and capabilities at customer sites very quickly and cost-effectively. In many cases, they can be a simple software download. This same architecture will also enable a community of third-parties developers to write new applications for the STRATUS framework.

At IBC, the STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework workflow will be demonstrated working off of a K2 storage area network (SAN) running multiple third-party editing applications, as well as Grass Valley editing (EDIUS) and server (K2 Summit) products.

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