New Zealand TV Network Migrates Operations to Grass Valley Ignite HD

Mediaworks’ TV3, based in New Zealand, has become the first television network in the country to migrate its studios and future news broadcasts to a Grass Valley Ignite HD scalable automated production system. This brings the number of Ignite systems to 22 in 16 locations within the Australia/New Zealand region.

The comprehensive file-based system is tightly integrated with TV3’s ENPS newsroom system and successfully went on air in mid September. The system provides the TV3 staff production control and efficiency while significantly improving the news and current affairs channel’s on-air look.

The terrestrial TV network’s news department will make daily use of the Ignite HD system, to produce more than nine hours of original news programming per week. The Ignite system is designed for live production automation applications, where a single operator can run an entire multi-camera production.

TV3 staff currently uses several Grass Valley EDIUS workstations and numerous Grass Valley K2 media servers to handle all SD and HD program playout, in addition to Avid AirSpeed servers running under Ignite control.

“As we have seen in North America and elsewhere, the Grass Valley Ignite HD system is helping more broadcasters around the world make their operations more efficient and get more value out of their existing resources,” says Jeff Rosica, SVP of Grass Valley. “Mediaworks’ TV3 is just the latest in an ever growing list of broadcasters who have incorporated the Ignite system into their facility to take advantage of the workflow and financial benefits it brings.”

The Grass Valley Ignite HD system can be ordered with one to four M/Es, up to 32 control ports, and is completely scalable from 24 to 96 video inputs and 24 to 96 audio inputs. The control room system offers an integrated Grass Valley Kayak HD video switcher, audio mixer that simplifies production and allows a single operator to run an entire newscast. An optional video panel is available for those broadcasters who want to employ a manually operated system.  As well, customers with an existing Kalypso or Kayenne Video Production Center can also add production automation with Ignite Konnect.

Grass Valley’s EDIUS 6 NLE software Wins “Best of IBC2010” Award

In other Grass Valley news, the EDIUS 6 nonlinear editing (NLE) software has won the “Best of IBC2010” award from the editors of TVB Europe and The IBC Daily. Teams from the two specialist publications chose the winning products at the IBC 2010 convention in Amsterdam.

“Our team has a unique insight into the IBC exhibitor community,” says Fergal Ringrose, editor of TVB Europe and The IBC Daily. “For these awards, we picked the most innovative and most clever new products at Europe’s biggest show for broadcast and media professionals. We were especially looking for new products that clearly show the potential to make or save money for end-users”.

EDIUS 6 gives users the ability to work with any video standard up to 1080p50/60 or 4K digital cinema resolution. All major codecs in use in the industry are supported natively, with no transcoding required even when different compression formats are mixed on the timeline. In addition, users are able to preview effects in real time.

“EDIUS 6 continues the Grass Valley tradition of delivering unmatched power for editing complex compression formats,” says Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. “It also goes a step further to help users focus on the creative side of editing, without having to think about the technical side. A big part of EDIUS 6 is based on user requests for a variety of new features, making the EDIUS solution an even more valuable tool for the post-production community.”