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Come join us at Government Video Expo


Everyone knows – simply navigating change no longer works. That's why government agencies, defense and key government contractors have long trusted Grass Valley with their broadcast and media needs. At Government Video Expo this year, we'll be showcasing solutions across the industry's widest array of broadcast and media solutions that help you stay efficient, tell better stories and meet your mission objectives, ensuring that change will become opportunity.

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Aggregation is Key to Optimizing IP Network Design


While considering IP network design can be aggravating, the key to optimizing IP network design is aggregation. Aggregation combines multiple network connections in parallel to increase throughput beyond what a single connection could sustain, or at less cost than a signal connection. By using aggregation, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, can help you to get the most out of today's media-carrying IP networks, while protecting yourself against near-term obsolescence without necessarily adding the most expensive, highest bandwidth IP switches available. Thus, aggregation is the key to slimlined IP capital expenditures as well as future update costs, whether considered CapEx or OpEx.

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Transform Your Production System for a Better Worship Experience


Putting together a new production system (or updating an existing system) can seem like a daunting challenge with endless solutions to choose from. Whatever the size of your worship facility, this guide will help you narrow down the choices and select a system that's right for you, and that can grow as your production needs change. Below are a couple of questions to keep in mind when putting together your shopping list, because it's just as important to think about tomorrow as it is to think about today.

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What We Saw at IBC2017


IBC TV, IBC 365, IBC Tech Zone — everything IBC seemed bigger and better this year. Any attendee would have been hard pressed to visit 1700 exhibitors covering 15 halls, plus attend the informative conferences. And of course, not everyone can carve out time to spend 5 days in Amsterdam. To help sum it up, here are a series of blog posts from IBC 2017 that share what we saw as the latest trends and technology from the floor, and what's coming next. Click here for the IBC Blogs.

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IBC 2017 — A Fresh Look in Amsterdam


With IBC 2017 rapidly (!) approaching, I'd like to provide some insight into what you can expect from Grass Valley in Amsterdam later this month. As always, we will be showcasing many of our world class products and demonstrating the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. Because we are so excited about these solutions, we have taken a slightly new approach this year to our exhibit at IBC.

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IBC 2017 — The Pace Accelerates


With IBC around the corner, once again we are getting geared up to participate in an exhibition that demonstrates state-of-the-art media technology, providing an ideal platform for great networking opportunities. And this year, IBC has come at a particularly good time to highlight the impact of our fast changing electronic media industry.

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IP for Broadcast: Competitive Advantage or Table Stakes?


It seems like everyone is talking about the adoption of IP technology for broadcast applications. It's no longer a question of why transition to IP-based platforms, but rather when and how. As with any new technology adoption, these questions can be tough to answer. Here are a few things that can help narrow the discussion.

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IP Video: What We've Learned So Far


The last few years have been an exciting time for the broadcast industry. We've seen the rapid development and deployment of IP and COTS-based infrastructures introduce new workflows to streamline operations and reshape how we build facilities.

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Newsroom Workflow, UI & Monetization


Over the past few years, newsrooms have accommodated the dramatic changes to viewership habits. No matter what region of the world you are in, newsrooms are expected to not only produce traditional scheduled linear newscasts, but also go live to Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and YouTube. Today, news production also requires live, mobile micro-channels and video-on-demand (VOD) for broadcaster websites and mobile apps, and syndication to major news portals. At Grass Valley we have been busy researching, monitoring and addressing many of these challenges for news organizations worldwide.

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"220, 221, whatever it takes" – on Frame Rate Conversion, Video Production, and iMAG


This is an old movie reference from Mr. Mom (1983, starring Michael Keaton & Terri Garr) where Keaton's character is queried about the wiring he is adding to his home. When he smugly blurts out "220, 221, whatever it takes," he reveals his abject absence of knowledge and skill in home remodeling — and especially wiring — while the person he tries to impress works to stifle his giggles.

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The Human Factor: A Model for the Design of IP Based Live Production Systems with Low Latency


In live production, humans are required to make real-time editorial decisions based on multiple, simultaneous streams of audio and video. If latencies between these streams become noticeable, the production can be affected. As such live production systems must be designed so as to keep latencies within tolerable levels. As broadcasters move to IP-based systems for live production, there are new potential sources of latency which must be understood and designed for.

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The Dynamic Duo: SDR and HDR – Compatible Workflows for Live Production


Customer feedback on 4K UHD tells us that more pixels alone will not satisfy market expectations for a next-generation broadcasting format. Having better pixels with a higher dynamic range is therefore a hot topic of discussion.

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A UHD 2/3-inch CMOS imager with Dynamic Pixel Management – an Enabler for New Format Flexibility


The broadcast market currently faces changes which are very challenging for imaging solutions; the change from HD to UHD, and the introduction of HDR. In phases of change, more flexible solutions are needed. The Dynamic Pixel Management (DPM) technology already available in some FT-CCDs offered a unique solution for lossless switching between 4:3/16:9 aspect ratios, as well as between all the different HD formats, including 2.37:1 widescreen.

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Changes in Technology and Viewership – Grass Valley Is Ready


Depending on where a media organization or broadcaster is geographically located, they are dealing with a myriad of technological and viewership changes, from HD to 4K, SDR to HDR, even SD to HD, with the television set being relegated to a piece of furniture with people watching "TV" on a variety of devices (including traditional TVs) based on their own schedules.

We asked Marco Lopez to address the changing television and media business as the industry approaches NAB 2017.

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The Broadcast Data Center: Changing the Way We Think About Broadcast


Looking at the success stories found in new media companies that are leveraging IT solutions to achieve new levels of agility and capturing increasing market share, you find that the agility they achieved was a direct result of the Modern Data Center technologies they were deploying. They are using distributed, scalable networks and virtualized computation to achieve this level of agility which gives them a competitive edge versus the traditional SDI based broadcasters of today. The Broadcast Data Center is a concept developed to characterize new, innovative solutions evolving in the broadcast market.

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Using IP to Solve the Multiformat (HD, 4K & HFR) Truck Challenge


Today's live production space is in a state of change, again. The progression of UHD 4K deployments marches on in many geographies. Other technological changes including HDR and WCG which were seeing proof of concepts in the past year are now seeing production deployment. At Grass Valley we have been working hard behind the scenes to support those tests and bring to market products that will add value to these technologies in real world production.

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Evolution of 10 GigE and Beyond


The maturity and affordability of 10 Gigabit per second Ethernet has enabled the broadcast industry to move towards an IP technology platform. The volume of conversation about IP and 10 GigE will reach a new high this year at NAB 2017.

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Image acquisition for live broadcast applications faces many challenges in a multiformat landscape. The increase in spatial resolution required by 4K UHD, in combination with the additional requirements of UHD standards, including a potential increase in frame rate and high dynamic range — with good sensitivity and S/N ratio — will require some compromises and design decisions on the part of manufacturers, and camera selection on the part of camera users.

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Raising the Drawbridge


Part two of two. To continue Scott's analogy from the last post, broadcast facilities may have once have been isolated islands, but today they are solidly linked by the bridges of technology. Let's look at why this connectivity is an advantage, the risks it brings, and what we can do to minimize them — to pull up the drawbridge! We will look at three points of view: the broadcaster's, the consumer's, and the hacker's.

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How Secure is Your Broadcast?


Part one of two. On November 22nd 1987, viewers in Chicago watching WGN-TV's nine o'clock news were interrupted by a strange character appearing on screen. The attacker, wearing a Max Headroom mask, had hijacked the studio link. The event lasted for less than a minute, and was the first widely publicized hack of a broadcast TV station. The hacker has never been identified.

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The Content Revolution – What will the broadcast experience look like in five, ten or twenty years?


It took about 26 years to make the transition from broadcasting black and white to color TV (although color TV would not become popular for almost 10 years as the price of televisions and producing in color became more affordable). Then another 44 years to move from standard to high definition (HD). Then only 18 years to see 4K, and fast forward four years to 8K or 16K or whatever else is on the horizon. And I'm not even including markers for HFR, HDR, increased metadata…

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