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LDX Series
The Flexibility to Adapt

The LDX Series™ of advanced imaging cameras enhances your creativity and gives you amazing control. With four models to choose from including Flex, Première, Elite, and WorldCam, they offer varying levels of operational flexibility to match every production need.

And with our unique GV-eLicense program, our cameras offer the flexibility to grow as your business needs change.

The LDX Flex™ is our entry level model, for single format 1080i or 720p acquisition. This model feels at home in environments that are fully controlled, like news studios, where limited artistic tweaking is required. The LDX Flex is also a great tool for virtual studios, where true color-reproduction and wide color ranges are very important.

The LDX Première™ feels at home in a variety of applications, including live production. This model can switch between 1080i and 720p acquisition on the spot. The Première features the Contour Equalizer which allows for tweaking the crispness in the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights independently, and the crystal-clear optical effect-filters to create the right atmosphere for the scene in its full dynamic range.

The LDX Elite™ is the ultimate workhorse for live HD production—from live sports to scripted productions. This model can also switch between 1080i, 720p, and 1080PsF acquisition on the spot. The LDX Elite features PowerCurves for shooting under challenging conditions, and Color Protect that helps to correct lighting issues.

LDX WorldCam™ is the pinnacle of the broadcast chain and the ideal solution for any production, under any condition. This model incorporates all the features of the Elite plus 1080p. It enables 1080p productions that are normally impossible to cover without huge investments in additional lighting or without serious degradation of the image quality. For the LDX WorldCam, it's as simple as the flick of a switch.

For high-speed applications, see our LDX 3X & 6X High Frame Rate Cameras.

For robotic applications, see our RS-LDX Integrated Robotic Camera Solutions.

Service and Support
Grass Valley is about satisfied customers. That's why we provide 24/7/365 support and service—protecting your investments and keeping you on air.

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  LDX Flex

can be upgraded to LDX Première*
LDX Première

can be upgraded to LDX Elite*
LDX Elite

can be upgraded to LDX WorldCam
LDX WorldCam
Imager Next-generation Xensium-FT
Sensitivity @ 2000 lux F12 typical (all 50 Hz modes) / F11 typical (all 59.94 Hz modes)
S/N ratio 60 dB (typical)
Increased sensitivity
Improved digital noise reduction
TrueTexture: texture is preserved throughout all processing parameters
Single-format: 1080i50/59.94 or 720p50/59.94      
Switchable video formats: 1080i50/59.94 and 720p50/59.94      
Switchable video formats: 1080PsF25/29.97 (artistic), 1080i50/59.94, 720p50/59.94      
Switchable video formats: 1080p50/59.94 (3G), 1080PsF 25/29.97 (artistic), 1080i50/59.94, 720p50/59.94      
Effortless 1080p50/59.94 acquisition with no increased lighting requirement      
Suitability for 3D productions  
ArtTouch: smart coupling of video control functions
Perfect picture matching across the complete LDX Series as well as the LDK installed base
Ergonomically designed camera head with easy access to control buttons, including the new PickMe button
CLASS: basic electronic lens error correction      
CLASS: advanced electronic lens error correction  
Standard secondary color corrector
Advanced secondary color corrector (up to six sets for color hue, saturation, and luminance adjustment)    
Fully compatible with 3G fiber/triax transmission systems
Compatible with C2IP control systems and RefleX SuperXpander
Second motorized optical filter wheel with 4P-star and soft focus  
Dynamic aperture correction
Dynamic contour equalizer  
Power curve gamma control    
Depth of field indicator    
New ComfortPad shoulder pad    
Side grip    

* Multiple licenses may be purchased to upgrade more than one level (e.g., LDX Flex to LDX WorldCam), on a perpetual or 7-day term basis.
LDX Flex (Common to all LDX Series Cameras unless otherwise stated)
Camera Head
  • Power: 34W
  • Temperature range: -20° to +45°C =(-4° to 113°F) (operating)
  • Weight:
    • LDX Flex and LDX Première: 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs.) (including handgrip and shoulder pad)
    • LDX Elite and LDX WorldCam: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) (including handgrip and ComfortPad shoulder pad)
  • Dimensions: width: 170 mm, depth: 200 mm, height: 180 mm (6.7 x 7.9 x 7.1 in.)
  • Pick-up device: 3x2/3" Xensium-FT CMOS
  • Picture elements: 1920x1080
  • Smear: no vertical smear
  • Shutter: no mechanical shutter
  • Optical system: F1.4 prism
  • Lens mount: 2/3" Bayonet type
  • Optical filter wheels: 2x motorized wheels (1x motorized wheel on LDX Flex)
  • Optical filters on first wheel: clear, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND
  • Optical filters on second wheel (not available on LDX Flex): clear, 4P-star, soft focus
  • Electronic color correction: 3200°K, 5600°K, 7500°K, FL, 2 AWB presets, Var, continuous auto white
  • Exposure: electronic exposure down to 1/1000 sec
Video modes:
  • Single-format: 1080i50/59.94 or 720p50/59.94 (selected at time of purchase)
  • Sensitivity at 2000 lux:
  • F12 (1080i50, 720p50, and 1080p50)
  • F11 (1080i59.94, 720p59.94, and 1080p59.94)
  • F18 (1080PsF25)
  • F16 (1080PsF29.97)
  • S/N ratio: 60 dB typical
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Modulation depth: 60% (typical) at 800 TV lines (27 MHz) in 1080i50/59.94 & 720p50/59.94 modes
  • Digital resolution: Floating point A/D-conversion with 16-bit performance and with 34-bit processing in RGB
  • Horizontal resolution: >1,000 TV lines
  • Gain selection: -6 dB to +18 dB in 3 dB steps (user-definable presets) or continuous master gain
  • Front microphone input: XLR-3 female, balanced, phantom +48V selectable
  • USB
  • Ethernet RJ-45
  • Lens connector: Hirose 12-pin
  • Viewfinder connector: 20-pin and HDMI
Control buttons:
  • PickMe
  • Info
  • Menu control
  • Intercom production/engineering
  • Filter wheel selection
  • Standard file recall
  • 4 user assignable
Control switches:
  • On/off
  • Color bar
  • Gain selection
  • Color temperature
  • Exposure time
  • White balance
  • 2" CRT viewfinder (b/w)
  • 2.7" LCD viewfinder
  • 7" LCD viewfinder
  • 7.4" OLED viewfinder
  • 9" LCD viewfinder
Note: LDX Flex can be upgraded to LDX Première. Upgrades of more than one level may be achieved with multiple licenses.

LDX Première
Video Modes
Switchable: 1080i50/59.94 & 720p50/59.94
Note: LDX Première can be upgraded to LDX Elite. Upgrades of more than one level may be achieved with multiple licenses.

LDX Elite
Video Modes
Switchable: 1080PsF25/29.97, 1080i50/59.94 & 720p50/59.94
Note: LDX Elite can be upgraded to LDX WorldCam.

LDX WorldCam
Video Modes
Switchable: 1080p50/59.94, 1080PsF25/29.97, 1080i50/59.94 & 720p50/59.94
GV-eLicense Program
Perpetual license: Perpetual upgrade to the next camera in the range
7-day license: Temporary 7-day (weekly) upgrade to the next camera in the range
B.O.W.L: Bunch of weekly licenses

Multiple licenses may be purchased to upgrade cameras by more than one level (e.g., LDX Flex to LDX WorldCam). Multiple 7-day licenses may be purchased for extended temporary upgrades. No credit is given for the purchase of 7-day licenses towards the purchase of a perpetual license.

How does the upgrade licensing (GV-eLicense) structure work?
A GV-eLicense will temporarily or perpetually upgrade an LDX camera (except LDX WorldCam™) to a more advanced model. There are perpetual and 7-day GV-eLicenses available. Each step up the LDX series requires a separate license. If a user moves up one model, they need one license; moving up two models requires two licenses, etc. To increase the duration of a 7-day upgrade, an additional 7-day license must be acquired. To simplify licensing needs, the B.O.W.L. (simply, a bunch of weekly licenses) licensing system provides a way to preorder any number of 7-day licenses and activate them whenever needed without having to place individual orders.

Once the user decides their license requirements, they supply Grass Valley with the serial number of the camera(s) to which the GV-eLicense(s) should be applied. For 7-day licenses, the user also supplies the start date for the license to begin.

Once the order is placed, the Grass Valley order desk will send an e-mail to the user with a link to a unique and secured website, which will provide an activation code. The code enables a file download. After inserting a USB memory device into the camera, the installation process is completed using menus.
LDX Series Cameras in the News
August 25, 2014
MONTREAL, August 26, 2014 — Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will showcase its Future-Ready solutions at one of the most influential exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region for the broadcasting industry, the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), August 27-30, 2014.
August 25, 2014
MONTREAL, August 25, 2014 — BACK9NETWORK, a golf lifestyle television network based in Hartford, Connecticut, is working closely with Grass Valley, a Belden brand, for its launch on DIRECTV on Sept. 29. Grass Valley and Belden developed a customized suite of production solutions, backed by knowledge and experience from similar projects, to support BACK9NETWORK's studio operations.

LDX 2014 Cameras Catalog

LDX Series
A unique line of advanced imaging cameras built around Xensium- FT CMOS imagers. These cameras have the highest sensitivity and image performance across different video formats, while offering a new level of business flexibility by using one hardware platform with a flexible GV-eLicense software upgrade implementation. LDX Compact Series
An extension to the LDX Series of cameras with an identical image performance and a comparable feature set but in a smaller mechanical package. They are the perfect companions to the LDX Series cameras and bring a new level of image performance and business flexibility for all applications where cameras with a compact form factor are required.
LDX HiSpeed 3X and LDX XtremeSpeed 6X Cameras
Members of the LDX camera range set a new standard in high-speed image acquisition. They capture fast-paced sports action and emotion with unrivaled quality levels at high frame rates and with instant timeto- air. All captured frames can be permanently recorded, so not a single moment will be missed or lost. LDX Compact HiSpeed 3X and LDX Compact
XtremeSpeed 6X Cameras
The world’s first self-contained high-speed cameras in a small form factor for space-constrained applications. As an extension to the LDX range of cameras, they produce the same level of quality from angles and in areas where high-speed cameras with a compact form factor are required.

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