Grass Valley Introduces the Latest Software Version of K-Frame for Kayenne and Karrera Video Production Center Switchers


1080p 3G-ready without sacrificed functionality Increased flexibility for even more cost-efficient workflows Expanded capabilities for mobile and fixed operations

Last Updated: September 13, 2013 4:20 pm GMT
(Hillsboro, Oregon--September 13, 2013) Grass Valley® will demonstrate the latest version of its K-Frame™ modular video processing engine with increased user flexibility for both Kayenne® and Karrera® Video Production Center switchers, at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam. K-Frame’s upgrades include internal video clip storage and playback, greater macro flexibility, and an M/E multi-previewer function to meet the demands of today’s live productions.

Since its release in June 2013, K-Frame has been installed in more than 75 production facilities worldwide. K-Frame’s support for the Kayenne and Karrera switchers are built on a modular approach, provide simple upgradability, enable more efficient operations, simplify workflows and offer easy configuration and setup. The adaptability and flexibility of the K-Frame system is suitable for both mobile and fixed facility production environments.

“We continue to innovate K-Frame to offer broadcasters and media organizations a variety of configurations to choose from while delivering long-term cost savings and operational efficiency,” said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Grass Valley. “K-Frame sets a new benchmark in live production. We continue to extend its feature set with more inputs and outputs, while delivering on full 3G 1080p50/60 HD support—which means users don’t have to sacrifice functionality when switching between formats.”

K-Frame 6.0 benefits include:
  • ImageStore—a cost effective option to record, playback, loop, and import clips
  • M/E Viewer—offering multi-previewer functions without the complexity of additional hardware. Provides each M/E a preview output that shows various combinations of all the video feeds associated with that M/E
  • Video Disk Control Protocol (VDCP)—control over Ethernet for simpler integration in a variety of environments
  • 2D Digital Picture Manipulators (DPMs)—for increased performance enabling the use of typical 2D effects while conserving precious 3D effects resources
  • Segmented Frame Rates—“Live Mode” adds format flexibility for commonly used entertainment formats such as 23.98
  • Macro Surfaces—increases user efficiency with the ability to simultaneously run macros on two control surfaces within the same suite.

NEP, the leading international provider of outside broadcast production services, currently deploys the Kayenne Video Production Center with K-Frame in its EN1 truck designed specifically for ESPN's Monday Night Football. “We work with K-Frame because of its flexibility,” said George Hoover, Chief Technology Officer at NEP Broadcasting. "Live productions are challenging and complex, so it’s crucial that our broadcast equipment can adapt to changing circumstances. Grass Valley switchers have clearly been designed by engineers that understand the unpredictable nature of live event broadcasting."

Grass Valley will be exhibiting at IBC in Amsterdam, Sept 13th – 17th, 2013 on stand #1.D11, Hall 1.

About Grass Valley
Grass Valley is changing the way live television is made and delivered. Recognized with 18 Emmy® awards for technology innovation, Grass Valley’s product portfolio—from image acquisition to playout—offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, future-proofed solutions which enable broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley gives customers the freedom they need to be creative in the studio, the field, and the newsroom. Merging optimizations of IT technologies with best-in-breed media systems, Grass Valley’s next generation solutions deliver higher quality and greater efficiencies. Customers include world-leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, service providers, government, religious, educational, corporate, and independent video professionals. Grass Valley is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, and maintains local presence across the globe with offices throughout North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.
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