Grass Valley ramps up iQiyi’s production capabilities with 4K-ready OB van

Chinese online video service iQiyi has chosen an end-to-end Grass Valley workflow to underpin its outside broadcasting (OB) van upgrade and drive 4K UHD content creation for its audiences. As part of its mission to produce and deliver enhanced content experiences for its over 100 million streaming subscribers, the Beijing-based media organisation has selected a suite of future-ready, IP-based live production solutions to support 4K UHD production of live entertainment shows.

Building upon an established relationship with Grass Valley, iQiyi made its first strides towards bolstering its high-resolution production ability earlier this summer with the purchase of a range of LDX86N cameras for its OB fleet, providing 4K UHD and HDR image capture. With the flexible and customisable acquisition capabilities in Grass Valley’s camera technology, iQiyi’s production team can switch between HD and 4K UHD formats based on individual event requirements.

Grass Valley’s Karrera K-Frame production switcher provides multiformat support for iQiyi’s complex and changing production environments. The end-to-end IP live production workflow is underpinned by GV Node, Grass Valley’s real-time routing and processing solution, and the Densité 3+ FR4 signal processing frame. IQiyi has also selected the GV Stratus toolset to upgrade and simplify its video production and content management workflows.

“Our subscribers are demanding more captivating streaming content — and they want to enjoy it in the highest quality possible,” said He Yi, chief engineer at iQiyi. “Our goal is to be at the forefront of content creation in China, and as a part of that, unlocking our 4K UHD potential has been a key focus. Grass Valley was the clear choice to partner with; its technology portfolio provides a smooth and quick transition to IP-enabled workflows fit for the future of media production, and Grass Valley’s industry pedigree and expertise ensures we can trust them to provide reliable and highly specialised solutions.”

Greg de Bressac, vice president, sales, APAC at Grass Valley, said: “Media organisations across the region – and globally – are stepping up their production capabilities and delighting viewers with stunning quality 4K UHD video. Shifting to IP-based workloads and adding versatile and high-performance cameras to your live production portfolio is a great way to kickstart 4K UHD content creation and distribution. We’re thrilled to be partnering with iQiyi to help the company deliver outstanding viewing experiences to millions of subscribers.”

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