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Grass Valley upgrades K2 server products to support Panasonic

30 July 2013
Grass Valley upgrades K2 server products to support Panasonic

Grass Valley’s K2 server products will now include compression support for Panasonic’s new AVC-LongG (Advanced Video Codec/Long Group Of Pictures) compression type, following a new upgrade.

Grass Valley’s K2 Summit and K2 Solo are the first broadcast servers on the market to support playout of the AVC-LongG recording format, which is part of Panasonic’s new AVC-ULTRA codec range of products.

“With support for Panasonic’s new AVC-LongG recording, Grass Valley takes advantage of the sophistication of our K2 architecture to allow for the rapid implementation of the newest ENG formats in the industry,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president, Marketing, Grass Valley. “News organisations and media groups looking for the latest generation of ENG cameras will now have the confidence they need to deliver content using a proven server platform.”

The K2 Summit and K2 Solo ensure that on-air channels never drop a frame of video, while delivering consistent bandwidth for file transfers and editing operations. The company’s new EDIUS 7 nonlinear video editing software also supports the AVC-LongG format.

“Our customers have been eager to utilise the high video quality and efficient workflow of AVC-LongG from shooting to editing and playout,” said Kunihiko Miyagi, director of Panasonic’s Imaging Business Division. ‘Thanks to our long-term partnership with Grass Valley, AVC-LongG editing on EDIUS 7 and material management on K2 servers will be possible. We believe that AVC-LongG content captured by the Panasonic AJ-PX5000 P2 cameras and AJ-PD500 recorders will enhance data transfer efficiency while maintaining high video quality, allowing us to provide our customers with an improved workflow.”

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