Grass Valley Introduces New Robotic Camera System

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RS-LDX integrated robotic camera solution—a high-quality, compact, HD camera with a fully integrated remote control system

MONTREAL, April 7, 2014 — Building upon the success of its powerful LDX Series of advanced imaging cameras, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, today announces the launch of three RS-LDX integrated robotic camera solutions: the RS-LDX Elite, the RS-LDX Première and the RS-LDX WorldCam. The new cameras are ideal for studio, newsroom, or live production applications by delivering a fully integrated, customizable, turnkey solution right out of the box. The systems will begin shipping in May 2014.

The RS-LDX includes a precision pan/tilt head with a smooth variable operating speed, high-speed motors, and whisper-quiet operation. Digital servo controls provide a single operator with smooth and natural control over camera and lens positioning as well as camera shading.

RS-LDX systems are based on the LDX Compact cameras, which utilize Grass Valley's in-house designed Xensium-FT CMOS imager, providing pristine images in a variety of HD resolutions. With the TrueTexture feature, the RS-LDX camera preserves texture throughout all processing parameters. The cameras also offer an advanced image processing improvement for enhanced colorimetry, color-matching, and picture performance.

RS-LDX systems offer switchable formats in each model: RS-LDX Première (switchable 1080i50/59.94 and 720p50/59.94), RS-LDX Elite (switchable 1080PsF23.98/24/25/29.97 (artistic), 1080i50/59.94, and 720p50/59.94), and RS-LDX WorldCam (switchable 1080p50/59.94 (3G), 1080PsF23.98/24/25/29.97 (artistic), 1080i50/59.94, and 720p50/59.94) with an optional RGB 4:4:4 1080i output on the RS-LDX Elite and RS-LDX WorldCam. Additionally, the RS-LDX Première can be software upgraded to the RS-LDX Elite, which can then be software upgraded to the RS-LDX WorldCam.

RS-LDX integrates seamlessly as an option to the Ignite Automated Production System. Operators can configure these camera systems with Ignite for automated operation during live productions. Operators can recall camera location presets right from the Ignite timeline as part of a transition macro event, which further streamlines the production workflow with a minimum of intervention.

"As the leader in live production solutions, our goal is to always provide our customers with the most groundbreaking and revolutionary technology, especially when it comes to cameras," said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Grass Valley. "Grass Valley's new RS-LDX robotic camera solution delivers superior image quality and ultimate flexibility in an integrated, powerful, and cost-effective package. It gives broadcasters and event producers everything they need in one system that easily scales to meet their changing needs."

The RS-LDX camera comes with an intuitive touchscreen user interface, which lets the operator control camera shading, assign cameras and shows, and trim camera presets. The operator can fix these features to specific parameters and recall them later with the touch of a button without having to re-program the camera. The control panel can also function in a standalone configuration, or it can be networked with a group of panels sharing a common enterprise database.

Key features of the new RS-LDX integrated robotic camera solution include:
  • High sensitivity and dynamic range maintained in all lighting conditions
  • Effortless 1080p50/59.94 acquisition with no increased lighting requirements
  • Switchable video formats, making this the first 3G-capable compact camera system
  • A secondary color correction feature
  • Chromatic lens aberration and sharpness solutions, which remove registration errors caused by chromatic aberrations from the lens
  • Available RGB 10-bit 4:4:4 output option for the highest performance chromakey results
  • In-camera flip/rotate functionality
  • Flexible mechanical mounting options
  • Proven reliability for hard-to-reach locations
  • Integration with Grass Valley's Ignite Automated Production Systems

Grass Valley is exhibiting at NAB in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014 on booth SL206 and N2513.

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For information about Grass Valley solutions and services, please visit new.grassvalley.com.

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 www.belden.com.

Belden, Belden Sending All The Right Signals, Ignite, LDX Compact, RS-LDX Elite, RS-LDX Première, RS-LDX WorldCam and the Belden logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Belden Inc. or its affiliated companies in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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