Grass Valley provides end-to-end workflow for New Zealand startup

NZ Live, a new start-up broadcast facility in Auckland, has selected a fully integrated, turnkey, high-definition broadcast production solution from Grass Valley to outfit its new facility. NZ Live will focus on feed recording, production, post-production and playout of live sports programming from all over New Zealand.

Initially, NZ Live will produce all the racing events throughout the country for the New Zealand Racing Board, but the facility is designed and purposed to cover all facets of broadcast workflows including OB operations and playout facilities. NZ Live expects to be on-air in late September 2014.

“As a new broadcast facility in Auckland, it’s imperative that we have the most modern technologies in place so we can reach our target customers and service our clients in a timely and efficient manner while providing plenty of scope for expansion,” said Ray Standidge, Director at NZ Live. “Providing fast and efficient production and program delivery is a paramount task. We chose Grass Valley for its solid, end-to-end product suite that we can easily upgrade in the future.”

At the heart of the solution is GV STRATUS, which is a full set of tools in one workspace, supporting ingest, editing, content aggregation, logging, transfer and playout. It integrates with Grass Valley K2 media servers and storage to offer an expandable foundation for new applications and workflows.

NZ Live’s new infrastructure from Grass Valley also includes LDX Flex and LDX Compact advanced imaging cameras, two Karrera Video Production Center switchers each with K-Frame, K2 Summit media servers, a 1024×512 Trinix NXT digital video routing switcher, a Jupiter routing control solution, CommandCenter broadcast system control software, and HD K2 SAN storage. Together, these solutions will enable NZ Live to rely on a powerful, robust workflow and deliver content to air swiftly and without interruption. The deal also includes a three-year Elite Support Agreement.

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