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Stratus expands GV’s sphere of influence

Stratus, Grass Valley’s “uniquely flexible” production and playout system, has several upgrades on show, including a multi-site feature that will allow multiple locations to share the system.

Multi-site works across low bandwidth and high latency networks and also enables K2 Dyno (with K2 Summit) systems in OB trucks to be seen by other GV Stratus sites as yet another site.

“Stratus can deal with sites that come and go, such as an OB truck or ENG vehicle, which can vanish without crippling the rest of the system,” explained Ed Casaccia GV’s director, marketing (pictured).

There is also a “very simple remote access client, which can get an extremely smooth and satisfying search and browse experience, even on a relatively low bandwidth system,” he added.

Stratus can already be integrated with Edius and Final Cut Pro, and via the latest update, with Avid Newscutter and Media Composer, but the new upgrade will also add Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

“It is not just file transfer, they can edit in place on any of those NLEs, all connected to the same storage and same clips, and at the same time, and even working with growing files,” explained Said Bacho, senior VP of EMEA.

There is also an interface with Telestream’s Vantage transcoding products, and it can enable migration of database information from legacy Avid systems.

There are now almost 100 Stratus installations worldwide, with more than 2600 seats, supporting 600-plus edit stations and 2000 channels of ingest and playout. The biggest single user is CNBC, New York, with 400 simultaneous users.

The new upgrade should be available immediately after IBC.
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