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Grass Valley Solutions Take Studio Berlin's Live Production Capabilities to the Next Level

Studio Berlin showcases new 4K UHD truck at IBC

MONTREAL, September 7, 2017 — Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, has supplied Studio Berlin, a German full-service provider for live television production solutions, with a suite of equipment for its outside broadcast (OB) trucks and TV production studio facilities, including 41 LDX 80/82/86/86N Series Cameras and LDX C80 Compact Series Cameras plus six K-Frame Video Production Center switchers capable of producing in 4K UHD. The camera purchase is part of a three-year contract with Grass Valley. Studio Berlin is planning to substitute a significant total of 70 LDK Cameras with the new LDX models within that period.

The recent substantial camera acquisition includes 12 LDX 86N WorldCam native 3G/HD single-speed upgradeable cameras with XF Fiber Transmission and 4K UHD GV-eLicenses; 11 LDX 86 WorldCam 3G/HD single-speed upgradeable cameras, also with XF Fiber transmission and HiSpeed/XtremeSpeed GV-eLicenses; two LDX 82 Première HDR-capable advanced imaging cameras with wireless transmission by Vislink; 14 LDX 80 Première cameras with 3G Triax Transmission; and two LDX C80 Compact Première cameras.

Studio Berlin subsequently enhanced its video switchers by replacing XtenDD and Kayak-HD systems with six new production switchers comprising a 5 M/E 3G and 4K UHD Karrera K-Frame production switcher; a 4 M/E HD Kayenne K-Frame; two 4 M/E HD Karrera K-Frame S-series switchers and two 2 M/E HD Karrera K-Frame S-series switchers.

In addition, German system integrator Broadcast Solutions GmbH is currently building a new 19-camera 4K UHD OB truck that is based on Broadcast Solutions' successful S16 Streamline series, and has therefore ordered the large Grass Valley 4K UHD K-Frame switcher, whose resources are shared between a 3-stripe Karrera main panel and a 2-stripe GV Korona subpanel. The OB truck will be on display at the upcoming IBC 2017 at Broadcast Solutions' outside exhibit O.E02.

Matthias Alexandru, technical director, Studio Berlin comments, "We chose the Grass Valley live production solution to enhance the quality in our productions. The new cameras provide state of the art picture quality and production flexibility. We can now provide a native 1080p or 4K HDR acquisition in both SMPTE 2084 (PQ) and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) formats. And thanks to Grass Valley's GV-eLicensing model, we are now able to provide up to 23 XtremeSpeed (6X super slow motion) cameras if needed. In addition, we wanted a large-scale production switcher with the highest 4K I/O count available, and which provides the greatest flexibility with less limitations, when working in 4K UHD. We appreciate Grass Valley's customer-oriented approach and look forward to expanding our mutual cooperation with its talented technical team as well as our system integrator Broadcast Solutions."

Only the combination of the LDX 86N cameras with their native 4K UHD CMOS imagers and the LDX 86 cameras with their native HD CMOS imagers, deriving 4K UHD images from an internal processing, allows selecting the camera type with the best results for all the different applications in live broadcast acquisition. The images they deliver are razor sharp with vivid colors and very low noise, presenting the highest sensitivity and dynamic range performance of all 4K UHD cameras currently available. The unique cradle concept for the camera base stations and the GV-eLicensing system for 4K UHD and high-speed formats, in combination with a large scale switcher, offer up to 48/24 4K UHD I/Os providing Studio Berlin with an outstanding level of production flexibility. Studio Berlin will be using the new equipment for the productions of talk shows, events, sports and entertainment such as, "The Voice of Germany" and "Voice Kids."

"When Studio Berlin searched for a solution to leverage its live productions, we knew we had the proven end-to-end solution they were looking for," commented Jan-Pieter van Welsem, vice president sales and marketing, EMEA, Grass Valley. "The German market is very important to us and with a longstanding and trusted partnership with Studio Berlin for more than two decades, we look forward to providing our future services to continue their success."


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About Grass Valley

Grass Valley is focused on empowering customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. In this ever-changing media landscape, content remains the most important element. Many of our customers are faced with the need to create and support new workflows while continuing to operate their legacy workflows, simultaneously broadcasting through traditional channels, Over-The-Top platforms, and Video-On-Demand as well as to tablets, PCs, and mobile devices.

We provide the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. With Grass Valley's integrated solutions that enable flexibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, quality and scalability, broadcasters and content creators have what they need to sustain their businesses. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for nearly 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. For more information, visit

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Bénédicte Fauveau

Media Relations Specialist