Grass Valley Demonstrates New IP Technology at IBC 2014


SDN-Enabled Control is Key to Building Hybrid Networks that Bridge the Gap Between SDI and IP

Last Updated: September 8, 2014 7:04 pm GMT
(Montreal, Canada--September 8, 2014) Broadcasters seeking to accommodate viewers’ demands for high-quality live programming, delivered in real time and on demand across multiple platforms, are increasingly considering developing IP-based workflows to handle changing bandwidth, scalability and flexibility requirements. Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will feature a series of IP-enabled solutions at its IBC 2014 booth, Hall 1: Stand D11, to help customers choose the right option for their needs.

A technology demonstration of Grass Valley’s nonproprietary SDN (software defined networks)–based solution for managing an IP network will serve as the cornerstone of Grass Valley’s IP display at IBC. The breakthrough SDN-enabled control application is the key to establishing a familiar, broadcast-centric control environment that supports a hybrid workflow, controlling both serial digital interface (SDI) and IP simultaneously, and builds a bridge to the future.

“The SDN-enabled system is the foundation of our unique approach and design of a control system for broadcasters to make the transition to IP. It enables them to use available third-party routers and switches and a control architecture they’re already familiar with,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “This flexible platform will evolve into our integrated configuration and control system for future-proof performance, expansion and reliability as customers embrace IP.”

With Grass Valley’s SDN-based control application, broadcasters will be able to control SDI and IP routing using the same common control panel surface already in their facility. Unlike many options on the market, Grass Valley’s SDN-based solution will support the use of third-party IT routers and switches and provides a reliable means for switching video and audio in the IP realm alongside standard SDI using a new integrated router configuration and control system. Grass Valley’s SDN-enabled solution is designed to function in both production and playout applications.

In addition to the technology demonstration of its SDN-based application, Grass Valley’s other IP-enabled products making their European debut at IBC 2014 include current modular and router products like the NVISON 8500 IP Gateway and the IRG 3401 IP Gateway module for Densité.

The NVISION 8500 IP Gateway converts and packetizes real-time, uncompressed, baseband video using SMPTE 2022-6 for transport over 10 GbE Ethernet networks. Once SDI signals are packetized, they can easily be distributed rack-to-rack, truck-to-truck, between floors of a facility and even between buildings or campuses, over IP networks. All signals support frame-accurate switching for use in live production environments. The IRG-3401 IP Gateway is a high-density, bidirectional DVB-ASI/IP gateway card, which runs on the Densité modular platform. The IRG-3401 IP Gateway card makes it possible for broadcasters to keep incoming DVB-ASI signals from remote locations fully operational—and jitter-free—while connecting them to IP networks.

Other solutions in Grass Valley’s IP portfolio include: IRD-3802/3811 MPEG decoders, SME-1901/11 streaming media encoders; Axino-400 IP transport stream loudness processor and the Kaleido IP series of multiviewers.

“The road to IP is just now being paved,” said Cronk. “Customers can expect to see a steady stream of IP-enabled solutions from Grass Valley as we deliver on the promise to keep our customers future-ready.”

Grass Valley is exhibiting at IBC 2014 from Sept. 12–16, 2014 in Hall 1: Stand D11.

For information about Grass Valley solutions and services, please visit

About Grass Valley
The new Grass Valley keeps broadcasters, content owners and service providers future-ready as they navigate the changing landscape of television. With the most comprehensive collection of workflow solutions in the industry, Grass Valley delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution workflows that enable the efficiency and flexibility broadcasters need to stay competitive today—while offering technological foresight they need to keep pace with consumers’ desires for more content on more devices. Grass Valley, headquartered in Montreal, leverages the collective expertise and depth of the Grass Valley Group and Miranda Technologies, each having been acquired by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. Belden delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. For more information visit


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