Grass Valley To Talk Live IP, OTT, 4K, 8K, and More at SMPTE, IEEE Events

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will be attending the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and the 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium to discuss the new technology challenges broadcasters face today. Topics Grass Valley will cover include solutions related to next-generation broadcast formats and emerging infrastructure, including IP in live broadcast, OTT, 4K, 8K, and beyond HD.

SMPTE 2014
At SMPTE 2014 in Hollywood from October 20–23, with Grass Valley and Belden presenting three papers.

“Internet Protocol Networks in the Live Broadcast Plant,” presented by Ken Buttle, principal engineer, Grass Valley; Sara Kudrle, product marketing manager, infrastructure, monitoring and control, Grass Valley; and Charles Meyer, chief technology officer, production, Grass Valley. This paper examines the different approaches to facility signal routing and timing, demonstrating the tradeoffs between different network technologies and their suitability for live broadcast workflows. This presentation will be held on October 21 at 10:15 a.m. in Salon 1 and is part of “Networked Media in the Facility—Part 1.”

“Further Developments in 4K (12 GHz) Single-Link Coaxial Cable,” presented by Stephen Lampen, multimedia technology manager/product line manager at Belden. This paper outlines the hurdles 4K signals present and some of the existing solutions, including 4K quad-link, 4K dual-link, and 4K single-link coaxial cables, as well as 6 GHz and 12 GHz cables. This presentation will be held on October 22 at 4:45 p.m. in Salon 2 and is part of “UHDTV: Building the Plane in Flight.”

“Beyond HD—The Status of the Image Acquisition Solutions for the Next-Generation Broadcasting Formats,” presented by Klaus Weber, senior product marketing manager, cameras, Grass Valley. This paper explains the different potential solutions of 4K or UHD image acquisition, including their strength and limitations, with the focus on live broadcast productions. This presentation will be held on October 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Salon 1 and is part of “Image Processing Part 1: Methods for Creating High-Quality Images beyond HD.”

In addition, Grass Valley’s Western Region Governor for the SMPTE Board of Governors, Sara Kudrle, will chair two sessions at SMPTE 2014 on file-based workflows on October 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Salon 1.

“Tools of the Trade—Conversion, Captions and Compression,” will take an overview of happenings within the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability and then consider emerging tools that are enriching our workflows.

“Meaningful Media Management—Taking us to the Second Screen and Beyond!” will explain a method of facilitating complex workflows by first identifying media in a meaningful manner. The session will also explore the management and migration of media to other devices and second screens.

Visitors to the Grass Valley’s booth (#217) will see some of Grass Valley’s leading-edge solutions, including the LDX Compact 4K camera, Kaleido multiviewers and the Karrera K-Frame S-series Video Production Center.

IEEE Broadcast Symposium
Kudrle of Grass Valley will also participate in a broadcast panel for emerging infrastructure at the 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium on October 15 in San Antonio, Texas. The panel will focus on in-plant distribution infrastructure considerations for future television plants. Michael Masucci, enterprise systems engineer at Belden, will also speak at the conference, participating in a panel discussion on copper/fiber wiring and interface considerations for in-plant super-high-speed networks.

“As we look at emerging trends and new technologies, we are committed to helping our customers be Future-Ready,” says Mike Cronk, SVP marketing, Grass Valley. “Not only are we thinking about our products and services in terms of an integrated workflow, but how we can educate broadcasters on what’s to come. These conferences allow us to both inform and discuss where the broadcast industry is headed, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of the conversation.”