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GV Edge Integrated Playout System
Let Efficiency Reign

Revolutionary Smart Playout

Enabling automated processes is essential when you want to deliver exceptional content.

When you use Grass Valley's GV Edge™, you'll perfectly blend a high-quality content delivery platform into your current workflows and infrastructure to deliver premium performance with maximum efficiency. With seamless integration like that, your playout geniuses can continue to do what they do best!

Get a single delivery solution: When you work with the complete, multifunctional platform of the GV Edge, you'll use optimized IT technology, and bring together playout management, asset management, and advanced graphics—all without adding new, expensive tools. K2 Edge™ playout nodes are purpose-built for mission critical, 24/7/365 playout environments, so you'll have a highly reliable, high-performance solution all in one.

Save money: GV Edge's streamlined configuration means less equipment, making the total cost of ownership lower than you'd expect with such incredible functionality. The support of Grass Valley's Professional Services Team will bring increased confidence in worry-free design and deployment, and ensure successful installation and management.

Scale whenever you need: With a distributed architecture, modular scalability, and a centralized database, you'll have the flexibility you need to scale as your playout and distribution needs change. The Grass Valley® GV Edge is easily upgradable for added functionality and storage, so you'll have a solution for today and for tomorrow.

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GV Edge Highlights

As an innovative approach to creating the on-air look of a channel, Grass Valley Channel Composer™ is available as a software option that manages the import (from traditional graphics design tools such as Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects) and animation of 2D and 3D graphics, creates animations, and links graphics templates to data sources for real time on-air presentation.

A powerful, fully integrated channel graphics composition and management tool, Channel Composer runs on Windows and Mac platforms and is integrated with the K2 TX/MAM server where templated graphics and a data stream (see Integrate Real-Time Data with RTic) can be defined and then referenced together as "live" integrated elements in the on-air playlist.

Channel Composer is also used to export the complete channel design as a single package (Channel Pack) to the central database and becomes active from a certain date for a specific channel. This package also incorporates all of the design elements imported from third-party design software, so the graphics workflow is completely addressed.

The optional RTic™ real-time information collector can receive data from a broad variety of sources, including XML, databases, or Excel files, which are formatted and sent directly to air using Channel Composer designs. RTic integration can even be put under Cobalt playlist management control. On-air graphics, animations, clips, and text can all be manipulated in real time.

With RTic, dedicated software development and interfacing is unnecessary. Implementations include a rich business ticker playing both stock quotes, pictures, and SMS services where incoming messages trigger not only text but also animations.

Each GV Edge™ integrated playout system includes Grass Valley's K2 TX/MAM™ media asset management system with a central database. The K2 TX/MAM standard IT server uses a web-based GUI to control all media assets—including video clips, audio clips, captioning, metadata, and graphic elements on discrete playout nodes.

Standard functionality of the K2 TX/MAM media asset management system includes:

  • File ingest
  • Trim, soft part segments
  • Low-res proxy quality control
  • Secondary essence management
  • Closed-caption/subtitles
  • Customizable metadata
  • User rights management
  • Transmission dashboard
  • FTP interface to optional storage solutions

Each GV Edge™ integrated playout system includes Grass Valley's Cobalt™ playlist management software. The Cobalt playlist management system manages all on-air events, and for increased reliability, runs completely independent from the database.

  • Schedules are imported manually or automatically
  • Schedule importer links event with formats by rules
  • Formats can be added, deleted, replaced manually
  • All secondary events created in Channel Composer are visible
  • References to database fields and import fields are populated
  • Timing of all secondary events are visible
  • References and timing can be manually changed
  • Multiple channels can be operated at once
  • Main and backup are automatically run in sync
Key System Features
  • Mission critical reliability built on a Linux software platform
  • Playlist management with direct interface to traffic systems, eliminating the need for expensive automation
  • Best-in-class channel branding and graphics that are easily tied to dynamic data elements
  • Open architecture for storage and files to avoid transcodes of existing content
  • High level of integration within the broadcast chain for audio, video, and subtitle processing
  • Support for incorporating live sources into the playout schedule
  • Dedicated asset management capabilities across channels that can easily integrate with higher level systems such as GV STRATUS® nonlinear media production tools
K2 Edge Key Features
  • High reliability, Linux-based platform designed for 24x7 playout
  • Integrated playlist management with sophisticated channel branding
  • Up to eight HD or SD configurable inputs and outputs
  • Input source switching, dynamic audio adjustment, and video bypass function
  • Multi-language audio and subtitle support
  • Agile server playback capability with native support of a wide range of formats and wrappers
  • Powerful graphics rendering engine tied tightly into the overall workflow for scaling, transitions and graphics
  • Redundant RAID-5 configuration for up to 5 TB of internal storage

K2 TX/MAM Key Features

  • Centralized asset management
  • Creation of assets and asset types
  • Automated asset jobs
  • Automated file ingest
  • Trim, soft part segmentation
  • Low-res proxy quality control
  • Secondary essence management
  • Closed-caption/subtitle integration
  • Customizable metadata
  • User management
  • FTP interface to optional storage solution
  • Playout system dashboard

Cobalt Key Features

  • Multichannel playout control
  • Redundant and distributed architecture
  • Modular and scalable implementation
  • Native integration with K2 Edge playout servers
  • Native integration with K2 TX/MAM
  • Powerful interactive control capabilities
  • Manual or automatic schedule import
  • Rules based linking of events to graphics packages
  • Addition, deletion, and replacement of graphics packages
  • Visibility of secondary events and timing
  • Changing of references and timing
  • Automatic synchronization of main and backup channels

GV Composer Key Features

  • 2D/3D – SD/HD
  • Unlimited layering
  • Blending modes and effects
  • Prefab objects library
  • Timeline editing
  • Import 2D and 3D objects
  • Easy to use keyframe animations
  • Multiple live feeds
  • Multiple clip playback
  • Data integration with K2 TX/MAM and Cobalt
  • Offline design with preview
  • Template and Format design
  • Windows and Mac compatible
K2 Edge Playout Node Server Platform
  • Linux OS real-time 2.6 kernel
  • Ethernet 10/100/1G, 10/100 for IP manager
  • LTC 1 input and 1 output
  • PC i/f VGA, keyboard, RS-232 port
  • Size: (WxHxD) 440 x 44 x 620 mm (7.3 x 1.7 x 24.4 in.) (excl. connectors and panels)
  • Weight: max. 15 kg (33 lbs.)
  • PSU: redundant, dual AC, max. 500 VA

Video I/O
  • 8 configurable as inputs or outputs: 75Ω BNC
  • SD SDI: SMPTE 259M, ITU-R601
  • 525/625 line component, 10-bit HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M, 10-bit, 1080p SMPTE 424M
  • Bypass dedicated fail over input and output

Channel Outputs
Single channel, SD or HD

Internal Storage
  • Standard: 2x 1 TB drives configured RAID-1
  • Optional: 6x 1 TB drives configured RAID-5

Input Source Switching
Up to 8 input sources max. depends upon model

Audio Channels
  • 16 channels, 48 kHz PCM

Clip Playback
MPEG-2 (Program stream, transport stream, Long GOP, I-Frame only), D1030, D1050, IMX, DV, QuickTime, AVI, MXF, H.264, MPEG-4, XDCAM

  • Closed and open captions (optional)
  • Teletext (optional)

Environmental Characteristics
Operating temperature: 10˚C to 30˚C (32˚F to 86˚F)

8 input and/or output

Reference Genlock
  • NTSC/PAL blackburst composite analog or tri-level sync
  • 1 BNC, 75Ω terminated
  • Blackburst frequency lock: PAL: +10 Hz at subcarrier / NTSC: +20 Hz at subcarrier

UL 60950, FCC Class A, EMC Class A, CE, C-Tick, CSA 60950, IEC 950, EN 60950

Included in Package
  • Power cords (2)
  • Documentation CD
  • QuickStart guide

  • OpenGL support
  • DVE – 2D and 3D multiple
  • Layers – unlimited
  • Animations – streaming, multiple
  • Text rendering – multiple, anti-aliased truetype TTF
  • Tickers, crawls – multiple
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GV Edge in the News
January 27, 2014
Hillsboro, Ore., January 27, 2014 — To build upon its success generated in the Middle East region in 2013, Grass Valley® will showcase a range of broadcast and media solutions at CABSAT 2014, held March 11-13 at the World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE. Spanning across two levels and designed for maximum impact, Grass Valley's stand (A5-20, Hall 5) will house its robust and growing product suite, including production switchers, cameras, editing software, and more, and provide a VIP atmosphere for meetings away from the busy show floor.
January 22, 2014
Hillsboro, Ore., January 22, 2014Grass Valley® will be demonstrating its latest innovations in live production workflows at the upcoming Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) 2014. Visitors to the Grass Valley stand (P05) can experience first-hand demonstrations of some of the company's key broadcast technologies, including the popular GV STRATUS® Nonlinear Media Production Tools, the GV Edge™ Integrated Playout System, the LDX WorldCam™ advanced imaging camera with XCU™ (eXchangeable Control Unit) base stations, and the GV Director™ Nonlinear Live Production System — which is making its first public debut in the UK.

GV Edge System (formerly Smart Playout Center) Solution Data Sheet

Integrated playout from Grass Valley® enables playing out more channels with a similar or lower budget while gaining more control over operations. GV Edge™ combines years of experience in the industry with leading edge technology that runs on an optimized IT platform. Not only are the number of components reduced, but the real benefit is the fact that the end result is a system that was designed from the ground up to work together. This makes the solution more reliable and easier to maintain, delivering a clear payback on the overall investment.

Posted Nov 15 2013 (SDP-5090D-4) File Size: 3.9 MB

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