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ICE LE - Entry-Level Automated Channel Playout

ICE LE is our most affordable and compact integrated playout device. This IT-based system delivers the operational, technical, regulatory and commercial functionality required for broadcast playout environments, dramatically increasing efficiency while reducing costs and complexity.

ICE LE can be used as a standalone channel-in-a-box for smaller operations or as a cost-effective way to expand existing ICE installations. ICE LE offers much of the same functionality as ICE, but in a reduced footprint, with reconfigurable four inputs or outputs; from 4 in, 0 out, up to 0 in, 4 out.

FEATURES

  • Reduces your CAPEX for new projects
  • Eliminates broadcast chain integration headaches
  • Condenses your entire transmission chain into 1 rack unit
  • Scales to any size of system
  • Mix and match ICE and ICE LE in your system to get the most appropriate functionality where you need it
  • Uses proven automation technology from the world’s premier automation provider
  • Delivers IT efficiency without losing broadcast resilience
  • ICE LE systems have resilience at the core of every design, capable of achieving up-times in excess of 99.999%
  • Grass Valley systems evolve with our customers’ needs ensuring a long life and maximum ROI
  • ICE LE is built around inherent flexibility called FlexiCore. FlexiCore is a software-based "virtual router" that allows all resources in the playout workflow to be flexibly allocated to the signal path based on where they are required. Other products with fixed-signal paths will inherently limit flexibility and may not be suitable for some applications
  • Grass Valley ensures all its functions conform to the relevant SMPTE and EBU standards
  • 1 to 4 HD channels from a single ICE unit
  • Minimizes the need to transcode ICE LE supports a multitude of codec and wrapper formats

 

  • Playout multiple file formats back to back
  • Validation service to visually report video file problems to operators
  • Add Morpheus UX for master control operations
  • Make playlist changes 2 seconds before air with confidence
  • Multiple DSKs and DVEs
  • RSS/XML Text Crawls
  • Still and animated logos
  • Audio overs pre-recorded from internal file players
  • Closed captions and subtitles in multiple formats and languages
  • Up- and down-scaling of closed captions and subtitles
  • Automatic HD upscaling and SD downscaling that respect source AFDs
  • ARCing and AFD insertion
  • V-Chip and XDS insertion
  • Fixed latency from input to output
  • Mix transitions between any sources, including live inputs
  • Ancillary data — preserve, pass through, insert, and up/down scale
  • Local storage of 2 TB
Video Playback Formats
Format CODEC Bit Rate Mb/s Audio Channels Supported Wrappers Ancillary Data
DV25 DV25 25 2, 4, 8, 16 AVI, MOV, MXF, GXF, LXF MOV, MXF, GXF
DVCPRO 25 DVCPRO 25 25 8, 16 AVI, MOV, MXF, LXF MOV, MXF
DVCPRO 50 DVCPRO 50 50 8, 16 AVI, MOV, MXF, LXF MOV, MXF
DVCPRO HD DVCPRO 100 100 8, 16 AVI, MOV, MXF, LXF MOV, MXF
IMX D10 Range 4, 8 AVI, MXF, LXF MXF
XDCAM HD 4:2:0/4:2:2 XDCAM 50 4, 8 MXF, LXF MXF
XDCAM EX 35 XDCAM 35 4, 8 MXF, LXF MXF
MPEG-2 4:2:0/4:2:2
(SD/HD)
MPEG-2 Range 2, 4, 8, 16 AVI, MPG, MXF, GXF, MOV MOV, MXF, GXF
SD MPEG with alpha MPEG-2 40 0 AVI, LXF x
HD MPEG with alpha MPEG-2 60 0 AVI, LXF x
AS-11 AVC-Intra100 114 1 - 16 MXF MXF
WMV WMV9, 10, 11 Range 2 WMV x
H.264 MPEG-4 Range 2, 4, 8, 16 MP4 MP4

SPECIFICATIONS

General Specifications

Inputs/Outputs
Total of 4, can be reconfigured during installation to be any balance from 4/0 to 0/4

Delay
ICE LE has a fixed delay from input to output

Genlock
Horizontal delay in microseconds or genlock vertical delay in lines can be introduced with reference to the analog blackburst reference input

Operating System

Windows Server 2016

Dimensions

Height: 43 mm (1.7 in.)  
Width: 437 mm (17.2 in.)
Depth: 724 mm (28.5 in.)
Gross weight: 18.6 kg (41 lbs.)

Power Supply

100-127 VAC, 50-60 Hz
200-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
750W redundant AC-DC PSUs

Engineering Tools
ICE LE comes complete with essential engineering logging, diagnostic and configuration utilities

Logging
All system activities are logged to a local or network drive

Bars and Tone Source

Insert 1 kHz tone to individual audio channels to check installation and correct functioning of audio shuffling features, for example

Confidence Monitor
Software monitor to check any source when SDI is not available during testing and configuration

Elegant Restart

If a unit needs to be restarted for any reason, the on air material will be rejoined at the correct frame, and does not need to wait for the next event transition, so reducing your outage times

ARC & AFDs

ICE LE allows AFDs to pass through, or for the system to insert specific scheduled AFD codes from the playlist. Individual decoders may also have default AFDs set
ICE LE reacts to an AFD by comparing the value and the destination frame size and ARCing appropriately. One possibility this offers is allowing HD and SD simulcasting of the same channel with correct aspect ratio on both outputs
AFDs can be read from both files and live incoming sources
Grass Valley has also helped customers who needed custom non-SMPTE codes. These are now available to be scheduled in exactly the same way as standard codes

Read

AFD values are used to correctly ARC the video on output
For PAL systems ICE can be configured to prefer WSS or RP186
ICE can read Ancillary Data Packets that conform to SMPTE ST 291
ICE can read VANC data from SMPTE ST 436 compliant MXF files

Record
By selecting the relevant codec and wrapper, all ancillary data can be encoded as a SMPTE ST 436 compliant MXF track

Play
AFD metadata contained in valid files will be read and regenerated as VANC data in the SDI output

 

Full Specifications available in the Datasheet

ORDERING INFORMATION

ICE Tiered Functionality

Grass Valley’s services include Sales Engineers who are on hand to ensure the system design you need will perform as expected.

Codecs

All codecs except the following are included for ICE LE:

  • Apple ProRes
  • Avid DNxND


Optional Functionality

  • Dolby E encode
  • Dolby E decode
  • Loudness adjustment
  • Audience measurement – Nielsen and Kantar
  • EAS


The following are not available in ICE LE, instead please look at the main ICE product

  • Advanced Graphics
  • Media Validation II

 

Base Features
  • Up to four HD/SD decoders
  • Up/downscaling (incl. SMPTE RP 186 support)
  • Master control transitions (video & audio)
  • Up to 8 keyers per channel mixer
  • Horizontal and vertical line timing adjustment
  • Flexicore internal router manual only control
  • Flexicore internal router control via automation
  • Static and animated logos
  • Two box DVE
  • One box DVE
  • Text crawl generation
  • Crawl generation (RSS or XML)
  • Content Validation Service – Off-line
  • ARC/AFD control from automation
  • Delay server
  • Dolby E pass-through support

 

Audio
  • Up to 4 audio overs per mixer
  • Provide audio 5.1 downmix
  • Automation control of audio shuffling and gain
  • Omneon compatible tagged audio tracks
Captioning
  • Captioning (608/708) and subtitling pass-through
  • File-based captioning/subtitling
  • 608 to 708 captions
  • 708 to 608 captions
  • WST (teletext)
  • Open subtitles (live rendering)
  • Live closed caption insertion from external supplier (VITAC)
  • Scaling based to OP47 standard
Ancillary Data
  • AFD-based scaling & data insertion
  • TC User bit Insertion
  • Generate DTMF tones
  • SCTE 104 insert and decode
  • XDS V-chip insertion

 

Input/Output Options

Total of 4 reconfigurable inputs/outputs

SDI In
Up to 4 inputs. Can be used for Live sources, encoding or Key and Fill from external graphics devices

SDI Out
Up to 4 configurable outputs. For example:
4 independent program outputs for 4 different channels
1 channel – SD program output, HD simulcast output, preview output, clean output

SDI
ICE’s video output conforms to SMPTE ST 292

FTP
20 MB/s file transfers into local storage
ICE LE has 5 mini BNC connectors: 4 for SDI video; 1 for analog blackburst reference

Product Comparison

Additional premium level features are available in the 2 RU ICE product:

  • Advanced 2D & 3D graphics
  • Nielsen audience monitoring
  • Hardware accelerated performance
  • Media optimized file system from Quantum
  • Variplay
  • Increase in local storage
  • Up to 12 I/Os
  • Additional codecs – Pro-Res, DNxHD

DOCUMENTS & DOWNLOADS

DATASHEETS

ICE LE: Broadcast-Quality Playout in a High-Density IT Appliance Datasheet

ICE LE, from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is our most affordable and compact integrated playout device. This IT-based system delivers the operational, technical, regulatory and commercial functionality required for broadcast playout environments, dramatically increasing efficiency while reducing costs and complexity.

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