Grass Valley introduces new Karrera K-Frame S-Series Video Production Center switcher
The new Karrera K-Frame S-series Video Production Center switcher from Grass Valley features a new compact frame with internal power supply, new controller module with ImageStore and multiviewer capability, and the new triple mix/effects (M/E) module.
The switcher offers broadcasters a flexible, cost-effective solution with easy setup, streamlined workflows and high-quality content to support next-generation formats and technologies. Karrera K-Frame S-series is designed to address production needs in a full breadth of environments from mobile trucks to fixed facilities such as stadiums, broadcast facilities, product facilities, corporate environments, houses of worship and educational institutions.
Attendees at SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference in Hollywood on October 20-23, HD World in New York on November 12-13, and Inter BEE in Tokyo November 19-21, will have the opportunity to see the solution in action.
“We’re excited to introduce a new, mid-sized model that offers the same fast, efficient and creative capabilities that can be found in our traditional Kayenne and Karrera switchers,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “As an integral component of creating live television coverage of sports, entertainment and news from studio and mobile facilities, the new Karrera K-Frame S-series includes familiar controls and intuitive interfaces.”
Together with the Kayenne family of solutions, the Karrera family comprises a series of 1080p-capable production switchers devised to provide outstanding operational efficiency and performance due to scalability, processing power, and flexibility. They feature a mix of more keyers, digital image processing, scalers, M/Es, and I/O than other systems on the market, giving users more processing capabilities to improve production values. In addition, all Grass Valley K-Frame systems can be configured for UHD/4K productions with no change in hardware or software.
The new Karrera K-Frame S-series can easily be configured to match specific user requests. A single frame with its six M/E and 80×48 I/O maximum capabilities can be split to provide separate resources for multiple panels, and many advanced features, including DoubleTake and Source Rules, can be enabled by software licenses.
“Upgrading is simple with most options being software- rather than hardware-based,” added Cronk. “And they are extensible by providing interfaces and controls to cameras, routing switchers and servers.”