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Grass Valley's broad portfolio of video switchers makes it easier to produce compelling content.

The right production switcher makes it possible for broadcasters to assemble and deliver content that engages viewers and keeps them coming back. Technical directors rely on switchers to control various video sources or combine those feeds in different ways for special effects, making it possible to create a more compelling viewing experience. With all the options on the market today, choosing the best switcher for the job can be a challenge.

The needs of broadcasters and production professionals are changing as more of the workflow takes place either in the field or in remote studios. In many cases, this has driven a need for switching solutions with a smaller footprint or a lower entry cost to supplement the ongoing reliance on high-end switchers in central locations and larger operations.

From live sports and production studios to corporate studios, churches, or universities, switchers play an important role. The family of production switcher panels and frames from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is designed to reduce the complexity of today's production workloads while providing flexibility to meet any demands in the future --including 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) productions and IP connectivity.

With the ability to use any switcher panel with any switcher frame for the ultimate in production flexibility and scalability, Grass Valley helps to protect its customers' switcher investments in hardware and in training. Customers who have learnt to use any K-Frame switcher have learnt to use them all. In addition, broadcasters can even run multiple panels and/or shows off the same frame at the same time.

The K-Frame V-series is the newest addition to the company's family of frames. It is a compact, 3RU frame that extends the flexibility of the Grass Valley K-Frame production switcher product line in price and performance to address the needs of low to mid-range broadcast applications--especially for smaller trucks, venues, installations, midtier universities and institutions, and houses of worship. Along with the compact GV Korona panel, the new V-series frame represents a powerful, full-featured switcher that is available at an aggressive list price, boasting a small footprint that is convenient for many applications that simply cannot accommodate larger switchers.

When the K-Frame V-series and GV Korona switcher panel are paired together, this space-efficient solution requires no compromises on enterprise features. It is modular for field reconfiguration and serviceability, which is a true convenience not offered in competitively priced switchers. Its 36x18 matrix supports SD, HD and 4K/UHD in quad split and 2SI modes, and can handle up to three licensed M/Es and two additional video processing engines (VPEs) for added keying and mixing power.

Due to its modularity, it can easily be upgraded to an all-IP or mixed SDI and IP environment in the future. Because it is a full-fledged member of the K-Frame family, the V-series can be used with any GV K-Frame switcher panels, such as Karrera and Kayenne, and requires no training for anyone accustomed to working on Grass Valley K-Frame switchers.

Additionally, shows created in any K-Frame switcher can be saved and shared among other switchers, including the new V-series. This convenience can be leveraged by customers who may already own a Kayenne or Karrera switcher and would like to share the "look" they have created in a different application.

Choosing a switcher panel also requires a careful analysis of the space and performance needs for the particular application. Building upon the industry-leading production switcher quality and performance for which Grass Valley is known, the new GV Korona offers the same robust feature set as the Kayenne and Karrera Video Production Center switchers, but does so with a smaller, space-efficient control surface.

Available in 1, 2 and 3M/E (stripe) panels, GV Korona can be packaged with the compact K-Frame V-series or K-Frame S-series, although it is compatible with all Grass Valley K-Frames for unlimited flexibility in video production.

Broadcasters around the world see Grass Valley switchers as the "gold standard", and GV Korona extends that reputation by bringing a much-needed compact option to professionals who work in mobile units or small studios. Now, they have access to the legendary performance and creative power in a switcher that comes at a lower price point and a smaller footprint. And the advantage to operators is that there is no new training required--once they know how to use any one of Grass Valley's switchers, they know how to use them all.

GV Korona's surface features an innovative built-in touchscreen interface in the transition area that enables operators to work quickly and intuitively to produce compelling content for a variety of applications. GV Korona also has a touchscreen menu system integrated directly into the panel and uses the popular OLED and colour technologies, much as the other larger Grass Valley panels do.

The GV Korona two-stripe panel supports 20 assignable buttons on each stripe or M/E row, features a built-in multi-touch menuing system, and offers an innovative touchscreen in the transition area. The one-stripe version has 15 assignable buttons. The all-new GV Korona three-stripe (3M/E) panel retains the key features that the GV Korona is known for with the multi-touch menu system and touchscreens in all transition areas, and now offers an additional stripe, each with 25 source-select buttons.

Together, the GV Korona and K-Frame V-series create a very powerful offering for anybody looking for a no-compromise production solution at an affordable price. With the ability to choose the best switcher and frame combination for any specific application or space, broadcasters are well positioned to create and produce engaging content that will meet the demands of today's viewers and consumers.


Somu Patil is vice-president of Sales, Asia, Grass Valley.
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Title Annotation:MANAGEMENT
Author:Patil, Somu
Publication:APB Magazine
Date:Oct 1, 2017
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