Grass Valley’s Kayenne Switcher Powers France’s AMP VISUAL TV

France’s AMP VISUAL TV has turned to Grass Valley to upgrade its video switcher infrastructure to meet the demands of its growing client base. AMP VISUAL TV has purchased one 4 M/E Kayenne XL Video Production Center switcher panel and upgraded one 2 M/E Kayenne XL switcher panel to a 4 M/E Kayenne XL switcher panel to add greater scalability to its workflow and deliver more versatility to its customers.

Grass-Valley_SVGE-IMNAMP VISUAL TV supplies a variety of broadcast needs across France. The company builds and manages broadcast facilities including TV studios, OB vans and offers additional services including wireless and 2nd screen solutions. The Kayenne switchers will replace existing Grass Valley Kayak models that have been in place for several years.

“We were looking for the finest switcher on the market today to equip our studios and OB vans,” said François Valadoux, chief technology officer, AMP VISUAL TV. “Having worked with Grass Valley for several years, we were already familiar with and confident in the high-quality products and excellent service they provide, so choosing the Kayenne was easy. It has all of the key features we were looking for in a switcher, including scalability and low power consumption.

Grass Valley’s powerful and efficient switcher offerings are built for a variety of broadcast and TV environments. The flexibility of the Kayenne gives AMP VISUAL TV’s clients the ability to scale up or down based on the size of their productions.

“France continues to be a key market for Grass Valley, so we’re delighted that AMP VISUAL TV is taking advantage of the powerful capabilities of our Kayenne switcher to meet the needs of its customers,” commented Said Bacho, senior vice president, EMEA, Grass Valley. “We designed the Kayenne with versatility in mind, which is evident in its ability to meet a variety of production needs ranging from small to large and remote or in-studio—which is perfect for a company like AMP VISUAL TV that offers a variety of broadcast services to its client base.”

Volicon, Grass Valley Partner to Streamline Collaborative Content Repurposing Workflow
Volicon announced a new partnership with Grass Valley that enables the companies’ customers to realize a rapid repurposing workflow in which high-value content is quickly and easily captured, clipped, and edited for delivery to any platform. The Capture and Share applications, part of Volicon’s Observer Media Intelligence Platform, and Grass Valley EDIUS video editing software together enable fast, efficient collaborative production of compelling content for TV, Web, mobile, and social media platforms.

“Today’s competitive and economic factors make it critical that content providers establish an efficient and cost-effective way to leverage all available media sources to enhance their service offerings, whether content is broadcasted or delivered over the Internet,” said Russell Wise, vice president of global sales at Volicon. “The combination of our Capture and Share applications with the EDIUS editing solution from Grass Valley provides an accelerated production pipeline to support the rapid creation and delivery of compelling content.”

The Capture application facilitates the continuous real-time capture of high-quality (up to 720p) content from any source — cable set-top boxes, studios, and live camera feeds — at any time and makes it immediately available to users across the enterprise. The Capture application pairs HD H.264 encodes with proxy versions so that both local and remote users, such as remote staff, partners, consultants, outside talent, and reporters in the field, can collaborate seamlessly to review live or previously captured content, clip high-value segments, and push them directly into Grass Valley’s EDIUS video editing software.

Because the Capture application captures a composite feed that marries closed caption data to both the high- and low-resolution versions of the content, users can perform complex searches of all captured content. Capture returns a list of results, each with a representative image and a short excerpt from the closed captioning. The footage is immediately viewable, or frame-accurately sub-clipped and made available to the MAM system for rebroadcast or to the Grass Valley editing system for repurposing.

EDIUS empowers editors with superior real-time workflows in all resolutions. With no rendering and no limitations with respect to the number of audio, video, graphics, and title tracks it supports, the Grass Valley software enables a fluid and rapid creative process that yields a more engaging finished product.

To accelerate content distribution, the Share application provides single-click publishing profiles that facilitate rapid processing of content to meet appropriate container and encoding requirements for an array of platforms, including target websites, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. The Share application also makes use of existing closed captioning text to publish content that is compliant with government regulations.