XCU: The Next Generation of Camera Base Stations Application Note by Klaus Weber, Director Imaging Technology, (GVB-1-0201A-EN-AN) File size: 1.1 MB, posted Sep 30 2014 At NAB 2013, Grass Valley introduced the newest idea in broadcast camera base stations (CCUs) the XCU eXchangeable control unit. Two XCU models (XCU WorldCam and XCU Elite) have replaced the previous range of LDK 3G Transmission base stations and offer the same functionality and performance.
However, XCU also provides a unique "cradle" concept which allows for easy "slide-in" and "slide-out" of the XCU into and out of a pre-mounted XCU cradle. This unique cradle concept is a revolutionary solution and a real game-changer for video production companies such as OB truck operators as it helps to minimize operational costs and streamlines the reconfiguration of OB trucks for each production.
The LDX 86N Series delivers native HD, 3G and 4K images for the highest possible resolution and image clarity. The LDX 86N Series lets you grow into the formats you need tomorrow while buying only what you need today. With a daily, weekly or perpetual GV-eLicense upgrade path, you can move from any single speed HD/3G format to 4K from 3X HD speed to 6X HD/3X 3G speed and even a camera that can switch between higher resolution and higher frame rate. Optional high dynamic range (HDR) for single-speed operation is available via a perpetual GV-eLicense.
LDX 86 Series High Sensitive (HD/3G/4K/High-Speed with optional HDR)
The LDX 86 Series of cameras offer the perfect solution for all format requirements, especially when light sensitivity is of prime importance. Acquiring in native 1920x1080, the LDX 86 4K and LDX 86 Universe cameras use a unique closed-system process for 3840x2160 UHD where all of the processing takes place within the camera system. This delivers a 4K image with the highest light sensitivity available in any system camera, with images almost indistinguishable from native 4K acquisition in most applications.
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.
LDX 82 Series (HD/3G with optional HDR)
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.
With the addition of BT.2020 wide color gamut support and optional HDR support, these cameras provide an outstanding solution for all HD/3G applications.
LDX C80 Compact Series (HD/3G)
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.
CHALLENGE: Create the world's first all-IP, UHD OB fleet.
SOLUTION: Grass Valley and Arena, with technology partner Cisco, designed a network topology using a spine and leaf configuration, based around a 2.88 Tb/s Nexus switch.
BENEFITS: OBX is completely flexible, format-wise, and can be configured for 4K UHD, 3G, HD, even SD, without the need to re-cable.
Lighter payload compared with Quad-SDI solutions, and equipment can be distributed more evenly around the OB truck (unlike a conventional SDI router).
XCU HD/4K XF IP webpage (web-xcu_hd-4k_xf_ip.x) The XCU HD/4K XF IP is a special version of the XCU XF Fiber base station and is the first hybrid IP solution available on the market. It is used with the same XF Universe camera adapters as the XCU Universe XF, but offers an additional SMPTE 2022-6 IP connection in addition to all the baseband connections, including TICO visually lossless 4:1 compression for 4K over HD-SDI.
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