San Francisco, Calif., March 01, 2013 — Creating maximum business flexibility and operational efficiency, Grass Valley® introduces the XCU WorldCam™ eXchangeable Camera Control Unit. Fully compliant with all Grass Valley 3G Transmission solutions, the XCU™ concept will serve as the core design for all future Grass Valley base stations to simplify the way live content is produced and delivered.
The XCU™ brings unique flexibility to mobile production truck operators and studios. It is designed around a unique cradle concept—a pre-mounted and pre-wired cradle which allows for easy "slide-in" and "slide-out" of the XCU as needed. All connectivity remains in place with the cradle, except for the power and triax/fiber connection. The cradle stores the previous XCU settings and automatically re-configures the incoming unit to the requirements of the production environment. XCUs are hot-swappable, and each comes with one cradle. Additional low-cost cradles are available separately.
The XCU is the next logical step to the revolutionary 3G Transmission concept, bringing even more operational flexibility and efficiency, and is the perfect match for Grass Valley's LDX Series™ and LDK 8000 Series cameras.
"There are many times when additional cameras are needed in production trucks, and those cameras may come from other trucks in the fleet or be rented. Typically, this would mean moving not only the camera, but the base station as well—not the best of situations," said Graham Sharp, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Grass Valley. "The XCU easily solves this problem by giving one camera multiple set-up possibilities with the ability to easily reallocate cameras with spare XCU cradles located in each truck and without time-consuming and costly cabling mistakes."
The XCU WorldCam is currently available, and serves all current HD formats: 1080P, 1080i, 720P and is available in 4 configurations, XCU WorldCam Triax, XCU WorldCam Fiber, (XCU WorldCam Twin (Triax and Dark Fiber) and the LDX WorldCam Dual (Triax and SMPTE Fiber).
Grass Valley will be exhibiting at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas from April 8-11, 2013, in the South Hall lower level, booth SL206.
For more than 50 years, the Grass Valley name has been synonymous with innovation, leadership, and performance. Our full range of solutions and services is unmatched in the industry, leveraging the economies of scale of the IT industry with our proprietary core knowledge of media processing and storage. Grass Valley customers include most of the world's leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, and service providers, as well as independent video professionals who rely on our products to cover the world's most high-profile live events, as well as to benefit from efficiencies in day-to-day operations. When you're watching news, sports, or entertainment programming—whether on a TV, the web, or a mobile device—you're watching Grass Valley at work in today's connected world.
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