Grass Valley launches 4K/XS-HD camera

LDX 86 Universe and K2 Dyno Universe Replay System unveiled at NAB
Grass Valley LDX 86 camera.
Grass Valley LDX 86 camera.


Grass Valley has launched its LDX 4K/6X HD switchable camera, the LDX 86 Universe, along with the K2 Dyno Universe Replay System at NAB.

This system brings 4K and extreme-speed storytelling into the mainstream, enabling any camera or replay position to be set up for regular HD, 4K or extreme-speed acquisition/replay and requiring no additional positions or equipment in order to achieve this flexibility.

Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley, said: “The combination of our LDX 86 Universe/K2 Dyno Universe provides unprecedented levels of creative freedom without requiring enormous additional costs. What once was considered technology only for ‘specialty’ positions, can now be applied to standard replay and camera chains. With the combination of LDX Universe and K2 Dyno Universe, HD camera and replay positions can now become extreme-speed or even 4K positions with access to any shot, from any angle during any production.”

The LDX 86 Universe offers format flexibility with the same high sensitivity and dynamic range performance in all formats, with the same workflow speed. Grass Valley’s proprietary Xensium-FT CMOS allows the camera to deliver superb picture quality in 4K and extreme-speed; even in difficult “real world” lighting conditions.

The LDX 86 Universe can be used in any camera position where a 1X, 3X or 6X camera is required. This includes the ability to switch the camera from 4K 1X operation to HD 6X extreme-speed operation—providing unprecedented coverage of multiple camera applications all from a single camera.

With K2 Dyno Universe, the power of 4K or 6X acquisition becomes affordable for all camera angles and replay positions. Until now, 4K replay would require double the number of servers, double the rack space and double the number of replay-operators in comparison to HD; this made 4K productions impractical for most events, according to Grass Valley. Now, 6X HD and 4K workflows for all camera and replay positions are possible, using the same number of replay operators and same amount of rack space.

“Before LDX Universe and K2 Dyno Universe, broadcasters didn’t have the ability to unleash the incredible story-telling power of extreme-speed acquisition at every camera angle, nor was 4K acquisition and replay with an equivalent number of camera positions as in HD achievable, technically or economically,” Cronk said.

“With LDX Universe and K2 Dyno Universe all of this has changed. Now broadcasters can own an acquisition/replay solution that supports HD, 4K or 6X acquisition without having to change workflows or go over-budget. This introduction serves to democratise extreme-speed and 4K acquisition/replay.”

The K2 Dyno Universe supports HD up to 6X and 4K operation, and offers two sizes, 4RU and 6RU, both fully 6X HD/4K switchable. Each configuration uses the new solid-state shared storage for exceptional performance. System scalability is delivered by connecting multiple systems together over blazing fast 10GigE ShareFlex connectivity.

The introduction of the LDX 86 Universe builds upon the success of Grass Valley’s widely used LDX 86 high-speed camera systems, which include the LDX 86 HiSpeed 3X HD super-slow-motion and LDX XtremeSpeed 6X HD/3X 3G ultra-slow-motion cameras. Other new additions to the LDX 86 Series include the multiformat LDX 86 WorldCam with HD content in 1080i/720p/1080PsF and 1080p with an upgrade path to 4K and the LDX 86 4K camera with an upgrade path to the LDX Universe.

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