MONTREAL, April 14, 2020
— All Mobile Video (AMV) has chosen Grass Valley's end-to-end, open standards-based IP workflows and infrastructure for its latest outside broadcast (OB) truck, ECLIPSE. Grass Valley's market-leading solutions — from cameras to switchers and shading to orchestration — give AMV the capability to handle everything from HD to 4K UHD and HDR, plus the ability to scale up to 8K when needed.
The future-ready unit will support a range of live productions, including major award and red carpet events, the "Live from Lincoln Center" performing arts series, and the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year's Eve. AMV's ECLIPSE will be ready to roll later this spring.
The new AMV IP unit comes fully loaded with Grass Valley's revolutionary new LDX 100 IP camera platform, delivering 3x high-speed UHD capture, with the award-winning Creative Grading
solution bringing unparalleled creative control to camera shaders. Simplifying the IP workflow is the GV Orbit
dynamic system orchestrator; using the interface, operators can easily configure and change systems on the fly. The IP workflow is supported by an IP fabric built with Nexus 9000 Series Switches from Cisco Systems.
"Cisco's Nexus 9K-based IP Fabric for Media supports the latest SMPTE 2110 suite of standards and is ideally suited to build a scalable and agile switching fabric for the most challenging media production needs," said Sunil Gudurvalmiki, Product Marketing Director Data Center Switching, Cisco. "We are excited to partner with Grass Valley and World Wide Technology to provide the best path to market".
"World Wide Technology is an industry leading systems integrator in the media space and is Cisco's first certified partner in the IP Fabric for Media (IPFM) solution," said Gene Arantowicz, Systems Engineering Manager at WWT. "WWT partners closely with Grass Valley in their broadcast solution by providing global design, supply chain, integration and deployment services."
"Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and SDI can no longer support the forthcoming formats. IP allows us to future-proof our offering and adapt much quicker, plus we can offer clients much more operator space, more firepower and greater production capability all in one unit," commented Eric Duke, president of All Mobile Video. "In the past, we would have to outboard extra capacity to additional trailers, but now we can do everything we need to, and more, with a smaller footprint on location. The biggest challenge with IP is getting control and diagnostics right. We need a partner with great switching capabilities and great diagnostics and Grass Valley delivers the best solutions in those areas — plus the added reliability and expertise made it the clear choice for us."
AMV IP is also home to Grass Valley's K-Frame X
video production engine, with Kayenne
switcher control panel; Kaleido SD, HD and 4K UHD IP multiviewers; IPVU
IP to HDMI monitoring gateways; Densité and IQ Modular
signal processing and conversion; and the Audio Live
router for live multi-stream IP audio.
Marco Lopez, Grass Valley's senior vice president for live production, added: "As broadcasters, content producers and OB companies drive to deliver the rich, captivating viewing experiences that audiences demand, IP brings the scale and agility needed to create greater volumes of first-class content more efficiently. This project with AMV demonstrates how Grass Valley works in partnership with customers to ensure they get the best solution for their business and we're absolutely delighted that our solutions are helping the company springboard into the next phase of its evolution."
For information about Grass Valley solutions and services, please visit grassvalley.com.
Grass Valley's end-to-end ecosystem of reliable, open standards-based solutions helps content creators, broadcasters and media organizations to produce brilliant content and build successful media businesses.
We are the trusted partner to many of the biggest and most creative names in the media and entertainment business, enabling the production of rich, high quality content that brings the viewer closer to the action; engages them with the story and connects them with each other.
Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. In February 2020, Black Dragon Capital signed an agreement to acquire Grass Valley from Belden. This transaction is expected to complete in H1 2020.