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T2 Express, Pro, and Elite iDDRs
A Multi-Talented iDDR

Versatile. Flexible. Simple. Cost-effective.

You need a flexible, cost-effective, high-performing server system.

But, it has to fit into the budget, and into your space.

That's why Grass Valley® designed the compact T2™ intelligent digital disk recorder (iDDR) in three levels of functionality – Express, Pro, and Elite.

T2's advanced nonlinear production features, combined with time tested, VTR-like controls, give you the ultimate in versatility and flexibility. T2 supports a variety of SD and HD formats, and effortlessly integrates into your IT environment. Not only will you have exceptional picture quality, you'll increase efficiencies to help you get your quality content out the door or on the screen.

Easily integrate: T2 connects to all professional AV equipment, so you can integrate into any environment, without sacrificing the level of recording and playback quality you need. Plus, its compact footprint optimizes limited space.

Increase efficiencies: Because T2 has two playback channels and one record channel, you'll ingest, edit, playout, and monitor all at once, maximizing production time.

Increase ease-of-use: With T2, you'll manage production with the traditional functionality you need, while benefiting from state-of-the-art, user-friendly capabilities, including a high-resolution touchscreen display and control panels. T2's intuitive interface is the ideal solution for fast-paced production environments.

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T2 iDDR Highlights

This versatile, nonlinear recorder and player offers two playback and one record channels that function entirely independently of each other allowing simultaneous use of all three channels. This gives you three decks for the price of one—saving on both space and power requirements. The two output channels can be synced for 3D presentations or video walls. Integrated transition effects are provided as well.

T2 iDDRs are very easy to use, combining time-tested, VTR-like controls with a state-of-the-art touchscreen display. It features the largest touchscreen in its class with the high-resolution control panel providing an easy-to-use interface that's well suited to fast-paced production environments.

T2 also offers traditional jog/shuttle, play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind front panel buttons. In addition, support for an external VGA screen included at no extra cost (unlike competitive offerings).

Delivering the industry's best picture quality in its class, all T2 channels support full 1920x1080 (60i/50i/24p) resolution, as well as 720p and 480i formats. T2 stores content in an efficient, very high-quality format that preserves the 4:2:2 color space and full resolution of the original content.

T2 takes advantage of open IT standards. Users can create a data network to transfer content to the iDDR via Ethernet. They can also attach external storage via USB to move content to or from the T2. A 2.5-inch HDD/SSD drive bay is standard. There is also a built-in transcoder for importing QuickTime (DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD, H.264, and ProRes 422), WMV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-2 HD (HDV) compression formats.

  • True HD support — 720p, 1080i, and 1080p24
  • Up/downconversion for a wider range of resolutions and application support
  • Native import/playback for most standard formats (see list below)
  • Multiformat support (transcoding to Grass Valley HQ AVI) for most standard and broadcast formats (see list below)
  • Three decks for the price of one – 1 record and 2 playback channels work independently and simultaneously
  • 2-channel synchronized playback for key/fill rolls, edge blend displays, multi-screen, and 3D applications
  • Embedded audio (8 channels per SDI connection)
  • AES/EBU audio supported
  • Easy-to-use front panel interface
  • Workstation mode included as standard
  • Simple on-the-fly editing, including trimming, mark in/out, basic transition effects, and insertion of placeholders for playlists
  • New, robust design – engineered to withstand punishing live event and mobile production environments
  • Integration support for third-party control (BVW, GPIO, and AMP)
  • Ingest management including:
    • MXF XDCAM format support with closed caption data
    • Direct ingest to external media/storage
    • User-defined clip names
    • Scheduler
  • Import from Final Cut Pro in QuickTime format using the free Grass Valley HQ codec for Mac onto an exFAT HDD
  • Fast playlist rendering speed (up to 10 times real-time)
  • Supports 720p to 1080i real-time crossconversion
  • File-based operation enhancements including:
    • FTP transfer rate limit to maintain playback performance
    • NTP Synchronization
    • Watch folder transfers
  • Export a growing MXF (XDCAM) file via FTP
  • Export to Sony XDCAM drive (U1/U2)
  • Applications:
    • Events and staging
    • Auditoriums
    • Corporate A/V centers
    • Educational facilities
    • Broadcast display support
    • Regional sports companies
    • Switcher support for playback
T2 iDDR Configurations
1 SD/HD input, 2 SD/HD outputs

Video Input
Format Support Types: High-definition, standard-definition
Connections: SD/HD SDI, analog component (Y-Pb-Pr), DVI-I, composite
Recording Format: AVI-Grass Valley HQ, 4:2:2, XDCAM HD422, HD, IMX, DVCAM. Beginning with SP1, T2 can record directly in XDCAM format
Bit Rate: Up to 200 Mb/s
Resolutions SD/Frame Rate: 720x576i50, 720x486i59.94
Resolutions HD/Frame Rate: 1920x1080i59.94, 1920x1080i50, 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080PsF24, 1920x1080p23.98, 1920x1080PsF23.98, 1440x1080i59.94, 1440x1080i50, 1440x1080p24, 1440x1080PsF24, 1440x1080p23.98, 1440x1080PsF23.98, 1280x720p59.94, 1280x720p50

Video Outputs
Format Support Types: High-definition, standard-definition, computer
Connections: SD/HD SDI (one for each playback channel), analog component, DVI-I (one for each playback channel, except RGB), composite
Playback Format (Native Import/Playback):
  • AVCHD – H.264/AVC
  • AVI – Grass Valley HQ
  • GF – HD I-Frame only (100 Mb/s), HD Long GOP (50 Mb/s), DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO 25, DV, MPEG-2
  • MXF – Grass Valley HQ, AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO 25, DV, D10, MPEG-2
  • P2 – AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO 25, DV
  • XDCAM – HD422, HD (35 Mb/s), HD (25 Mb/s and 18 Mb/s), IMX, DVCAM
  • XDCAM EX – HD (35 Mb/s), HD (25 Mb/s), DVCAM
Bit Rate: Up to 200 Mb/s per channel
Resolutions SD/Frame Rate: 720x576i50, 720x486i59.94
Resolutions HD/Frame Rate: 1920x1080i59.94, 1920x1080i50, 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080PsF24, 1920x1080p23.98, 1920x1080PsF23.98, 1280x720p59.94, 1280x720p50, 1280x720p23.98
Computer Resolutions: 1280x1024, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480

Audio Input
Analog Audio: 2 channels, XLR connections
Digital:
  • AES/EBU (2 channels), BNC connections
  • Embedded audio on SDI, HD, or SD (8 channels)
Recording Format: 24-bit, PCM, 48 kHz sampling (20-bit PCM for SD-SDI)

Audio Output
Analog Audio: 2 channels per output video, XLR connections
Digital:
  • AES/EBU (2 channels), BNC connections
  • Embedded audio on SDI, HD, or SD (8 channels)
Recording Format: 24-bit, PCM, 48 kHz sampling (20-bit PCM for SD-SDI)

Import/Export File Compatibility
Import: Grass Valley HQ
Export: Grass Valley HQ, MXF (XDCAM format)
Transcoding to Grass Valley HQ AVI:
  • AVCHD (H.264/AVC)
  • AVI (Grass Valley HQX, Grass Valley Lossless, uncompressed)
  • GF (DV, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, MPEG-2)
  • MPEG-2
  • MXF (Grass Valley HQX, Grass Valley HQ, AVC-Intra 50, AVC-Intra 100, D10, DV, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, JPEG2000, MPEG-2)
  • P2 (DV, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra 50, AVC-Intra 100)
  • QuickTime (Grass Valley HQ, Grass Valley HQX, DV, DVCPRO HD, H.264, ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, JPEG2000, animation, MPEG-4, Photo JPEG, PNG, uncompressed)
  • Windows Media (Windows Media Video)
  • XDCAM (DV, IMX, MPEG-2)
  • XDCAM EX (MPEG-2)
  • Sequenced files (TGA ,BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF)
Rewrapping MXF (OP-1a):
  • GXF (AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, D10 DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO 25, DV, MPEG-2)
  • P2 (DV, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra 50, AVC-Intra 100)
Control
Protocol: BVW (pre-roll/post-roll, variable control in sync mode, audio monitoring with variable speed), GPI, AMP (Advanced Media Protocol) for Indigo A/V Mixer and external control software
Connections: RS-422 (9-pin D Conn per channel), Ethernet

Technology
Connections: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, VGA, DVI-I
Storage Capacity:
  • Express: 1 TB (RAID-0, 500 GB HDD x2), Approx. 14 hours of HD @ Grass Valley HQ (150 Mb/s) – 36 hours XDCAM HD422 @ 50Mb/s
  • Pro: 1 TB (RAID-10, 500 GB HDD x4), Approx. 14 hours of HD @ Grass Valley HQ (150 Mb/s) – 36 hours of XDCAM HD422 @ 50Mb/s
  • Elite: 960 GB (RAID-0, 480 GB SSD x2), Approx. 14 hours of HD @ Grass Valley HQ (150 Mb/s) – 36 hours of XDCAM HD422 @ 50 Mb/s
Service Pack: Updated for Service Pack 1.3 (March 2014)

Physical
Dimensions: 550x430x140 mm (21.6x16.9x5.5 in.)
Weight: 15 kg (33 lbs.)
Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)

Options and Accessories
Rackmount Kit
SNFS Option: Required to connect the T2 to a K2 SAN using the SNFS file system. This option is only supported by Service Pack 1.1 or later.
Note: The T2 can connect to a K2 SAN via FTP without this option.

Note: The T2 Elite/Pro/Express's built-in display may sometimes have dead pixels, or always-on pixels. This is a specification within the liquid crystal display, and will not be considered as a fault or defect of the product. Also, If the T2 is connected to an external monitor, any dead or always-on pixels will depend on the specification of the external monitor.
March 10, 2014
Hillsboro, Ore., March 10, 2014 — Consumer demand for exceptional viewing performance and quality is soaring, and new standards such as UHD/4K are driving the need for higher resolutions and higher frame rates throughout the broadcast distribution chain. Grass Valley® solves the challenges these new formats present with innovative updates across its entire product line at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. Grass Valley (booth SL206) will demonstrate large scale, future-ready production solutions that enable the creation and manipulation of higher resolution and higher frame rate content, alongside seamless workflows that offer multiplatform content development and distribution with remote capabilities.
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.

T2 Express, Pro, and Elite iDDRs: Intelligent Digital Disk Recorders Datasheet

Each of the three T2 intelligent digital disk recorder (iDDR) models (T2 Express, Pro, and Elite) brings full high-definition capture and playback to the video professional. Additionally, T2 iDDRs support real-time HD crossconversion and faster than real-time playlist rendering.

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