Grass Valley switchers selected for Australian Broadcasting Corporation studio upgrade
By: David Davies
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:57 pm

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has been relying on production solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, for more than 20 years. When the company began its latest project to upgrade 13 studios in eight capital cities across the country, it selected Grass Valley’s K-Frame-based switchers for all 13 locations, with a mixture of Karrera and the new GV Korona switcher panels.

The ABC has turned to Grass Valley for switcher solutions because of the rich features, dependable operation and intuitive controls the switchers offer. The new K-Frame systems are replacing a fleet of older Grass Valley Kayak switchers and will continue to be instrumental in the production of news programming for the company.

Both Karrera and GV Korona K-Frame switchers combine ultimate video processing performance, proven workflows, simplified control of complex productions and multiformat support including 1080p and 4K UHD. These capabilities are offered as two system packages, with 3 M/Es or 2 M/Es, for exceptional affordability, while the compact 6 RU video frame delivers a high level of functional integration for space efficiency.

The ABC has taken advantage of the flexibility of the K-Frame engine to be paired with different control surfaces. The new switchers will join the existing fleet of Grass Valley Kayenne K-Frames currently in operation in the ABC’s studio production facilities. The 13 studios are responsible for the playout of ABC news and current affairs and will work closely with the ABC Integrated Media System (IMS) system that Grass Valley is providing to help the ABC renew its entire television, radio and web news production across Australia.

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