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Grass Valley Introduces Next Gen Camera Base Station and Advanced Cradle

XCU UXF and UXF cradle provide hybrid SDI/IP support and strengthen IP portfolio

MONTREAL, April 24, 2017 — Broadcast professionals working in studios, mobile trucks, arenas and all types of facilities are seeking reliable, flexible solutions that will help them bridge the gap between the technologies of today and tomorrow. Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is taking the next step towards a full IP live production solution with the XCU Universe UXF camera base station and advanced UXF cradle. Together, these solutions support the AIMS roadmap and all IP video formats, including high-speed operation and high dynamic range (HDR), providing the flexibility broadcasters need for their current workflows, for burgeoning IP workflows, and beyond.

"We have a number of customers who are already embracing the benefits of IP-based networks to improve performance and efficiency," said Neerav Shah, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. "The new XCU Universe UXF supports the high bandwidth needs of increasingly prevalent 4K video and IP networks while also delivering maximum production flexibility with hybrid SDI/IP features."

Grass Valley's XCU Universe UXF base stations are designed to support the extended bandwidth requirements of the LDX 86 and LDX 86N Series high-speed cameras with up to 6X speed operation, 4K capability and 15 F-stops of HDR in 1X speed operation. XCU now provides enormous overall flexibility with the ability to output any format video over IP (including TR-03, TR-04 and the new proposed standard ST 2110) or SDI. The new, advanced UXF cradle also features additional 4x MSA compliant SFP+ slots adding fully redundant IP interfacing and 12G SDI through SFP.

"When broadcasters and networks purchase broadcast solutions they're looking for reliable investments, not products that will be outdated in just a couple years," said Shah. "Grass Valley understands that and prioritizes flexibility in its solutions, including the XCU Universe UXF and UXF Cradle, so that they not only survive but thrive under the strain of time and innovation."

As additional support for productions shared over high bandwidth IP networks, the XF Transmission Direct IP Interface eLicense enables a direct IP interface of the complete transmission protocol between the cameras and XCUs over IP networks.

Grass Valley is demonstrating the features of the XCU Universe UXF and advanced UXF cradle at NAB in booth SL106.

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Grass Valley is a trusted partner completely focused on empowering customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. In this ever-changing media landscape, content remains the most important element. Many of our customers are faced with the need to create and support new workflows while continuing to operate their legacy workflows, simultaneously broadcasting through traditional channels, Over-The-Top platforms, and Video-On-Demand as well as to tablets, PCs, and mobile devices.

We provide the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. With Grass Valley's integrated solutions that enable flexibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, quality and scalability, broadcasters and content creators have what they need to sustain their businesses. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for nearly 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. For more information, visit www.belden.com.

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