Emerging Technologies
4K / IP / Cloud

Learn from our expertise and explore the technologies that will drive the future of the broadcast business.

Today's hot topics are 4K, IP and the cloud, but what do they really mean to your operation today — and more importantly, how do you plan for them for tomorrow? In our Emerging Technologies section, you'll learn how Grass Valley is approaching 4K, IP and the cloud, and what you can expect from Grass Valley to help you succeed today and tomorrow.

  • 4K: We’re optimizing our technologies to support 4K production environments, as part of creating the industry’s first end-to-end 4K live production workflow system.
  • IP workflows: Dozens of our IP-based solutions are already installed worldwide, and we continue to develop cohesive, IP-based infrastructures to suit varying end-user requirements.
  • Cloud-enabled operations: We’re developing truly cloud-based solutions like GV STRATUS Playout that allow you to set up new channels in minutes, without the expense of traditional playout solutions.
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TV Technology NAB 2014 Best of Show

NewBay Media's TV Technology Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were selected to receive a Best of Show Award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

New Bay Media IP Migration White Paper

For the past three decades, the television industry has been dominated by two major technology transitions. The first, from analog to digital video signals, began in the 1980's and is now essentially complete — the methods used to deliver video to consumers have become almost exclusively digital, and professional production systems being sold today are based on digital technology. The second, from SD to HD, began about a decade later and has penetrated the television market to the extent that virtually all new professional equipment and services are designed to support HD resolution.

With both of these transitions nearly concluded, the television industry is now faced with two more technology upheavals: migrating from SDI to IP-based studio infrastructure, and upgrading video signals from HD to 4K/Ultra HD. Both of these technologies are poised to once again revolutionize the production and delivery of television content. But, just like the earlier technology migrations, the transitions to IP and 4K/UHD will take time, and each video facility will no doubt proceed at its own pace.

Posted Mar 25 2015 (New Bay 201503)

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The Path to IP: The Right Approach for your IP Migration White Paper

Internet Protocol technology, IP for short, is commanding attention across the broadcast television ecosystem. Understanding exactly how and when IP technology will impact a given business model depends on your individual situation, but developing an understanding of IP technology and how it fits different workflows is critical. Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, thanks to its access to broadcasters worldwide and some of the most advanced innovators in our business, is well-positioned to provide detailed insights. How is IP technology changing broadcast television? How quickly will the technology progress? How will IP capabilities enhance various operational models?

Broadcasters are attempting to answer these questions now — and coming up with other questions along the way. What follows is a look at some of the answers Grass Valley's experts have developed.

Posted Feb 25 2015 (GVB-1-0484A-EN-WP)

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Technology Spotlight: 4K HDR Imagers

4K HDR Imagers, Dr. Peter Centen, HPA 2015 (technical presentation)
Presentation on imagers, 4K & aliasing, color gamut and HDR given on February 12, 2015 at the HPA Tech Retreat by Dr. Peter Centen, VP, R&D, Cameras for Grass Valley, a Belden brand.

Posted Feb 19 2015

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Grass Valley Unveils the Gateway to the Future of IP White Paper

Broadcasters around the world are increasingly recognizing the advantages of the Internet Protocol (IP) and how it can improve their overall video distribution infrastructure — whether that be in-house, between buildings and even between remotely located cities. IP systems send and receive audio and video files as packets that are strung together and sent over less costly cabling that is much easier to install and maintain than legacy coax cable.

Posted Dec 11 2014 (GVB-1-0261A-EN_WP) File Size: 1.0 MB

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Business Continuity Planning for Disaster Recovery

One of the major challenges facing broadcasters today is preparing for the continuity of their business following a possible catastrophic event that disables the operation of their transmission facility.

Posted Nov 26 2014 (GVB-1-0251A-EN-WP) File Size: 1.2 MB

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GV Reports: Live Production Solutions

A look at Grass Valley Live Productions solutions, including 4K and super slo-mo cameras, replay systems for instant replay and highlight reels, and production switchers.

Posted Nov 13 2014

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GV Reports: K2 Dyno 2014 Updates

Olaf Bahr, Director of Live Technology, talks about improvements to the K2 Dyno Replay System, including Dyno Zoom

Posted Nov 03 2014

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Timing is Everything in Packet Video White Paper

Video production relies on precise timing. Every pixel has to align, and packet video is no exception. Clearly defining the issue is crucial to determine the best approach to timing. Even with SDI video, line buffers are commonly used in video processing equipment. The delay is short, about 15 microseconds, and inexpensive with today's technology. As 4K UHDTV increases in resolution and frame rate, the line time will decrease. An 8K picture at 120 Hz will require just under 2 microseconds. And a pixel time is 250 picoseconds, which is vastly less than transit time for video signals, whether packet based or baseband. No matter how you measure it, the timing resolution required to produce video is much less than the transit time to move it around the facility. Buffers of some type will almost always be necessary.

Posted Oct 31 2014 (GVB-1-0476A-EN-WP)

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Ethernet Technology Trends White Paper

If we're going to base our broadcast industry assumptions (and hopes) on what the Ethernet can deliver in terms of connectivity, transport and the IP technology that runs on it, we need to examine where it's heading. Can it cope? Will it cope? Let's find out by understanding some fundamental truths of current and forecast trends for the Ethernet and the traffic lanes it provides for data signals.

Posted Oct 31 2014 (GVB-1-0475A-EN-WP)

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The Spring of the IP Technology Transition for Broadcast Television Production White Paper

We all know that Ethernet and IP underpin the Internet and form one of the most disruptive technologies in the history of mankind. Insatiable consumer demand for content continues to fuel the development of ever faster networks like hydrogen fusion fuels the sun. As it stands today, the bandwidth required for data networking equals — and in many cases exceeds — the bandwidth requirements for full bandwidth, real-time video.

Posted Oct 31 2014 (GVB-1-0271A-EN-WP)

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Switching and Routing Signals in the IP Transition White Paper

Video signals need bridges to get, well, to the other side. However, what constitutes the "other side" is becoming increasingly ambiguous. Hence, a video bridge essentially needs to be directionally all-encompassing, meaning that it is capable of allowing a signal to enter, traverse and exit at any point — or points — required.

Posted Oct 31 2014 (GVB-1-0269A-EN-WP)

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Grass Valley Does IP

IP signal transport is coming to broadcast and media infrastructures. This whitepaper examines Grass Valley's role in this transition, how to smoothly bridge-transition to IP and how the strength of Grass Valley and its parent company Belden can provide a level of trust and confidence as you prepare for your IP future.

Posted Oct 29 2014 (GVB-1-0464A-EN-WP) File Size: 1003.2 KB

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Preparing Two T2 iDDRs for Synchronized 4K Playback Application Note

The Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, T2 iDDR has two independent, Full HD output channels that can be used for multiscreen events, digital signage and projection mapping when playback is synchronized. This application note explains how to set up multiple T2 units for synchronized playback.

Posted Sep 30 2014 (GVB-1-0183B-EN-AN) File Size: 1.4 MB

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GV Reports: IBC 2014 Overview - Whats New

Michael Cronk, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Marketing gives you a look at what Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is showing at IBC 2014.

Posted Sep 12 2014

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Technology Spotlight: IP Strategy

Grass Valley IBC 2014: Grass Valley's breakthrough SDN-enabled control is the key that starts the IP engine for the broadcast industry.

Posted Sep 11 2014

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Technology Spotlight: 4K/UHD Production

Grass Valley IBC 2014: 4K Camera in Grass Valley's End-to-End 4K workflow

Posted Sep 11 2014

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March 16, 2015
MONTREAL, March 16, 2015 — At NAB 2015, attendees will have the opportunity to experience emerging technologies and learn how to thrive in an industry where technology and consumer demands are ever-changing. Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will discuss the latest technology trends, explore the challenges and benefits broadcasters will face in the future and offer guidance on suitable solutions based on their unique needs.
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