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UHD and IP cameras for live production

New Ultra HD and HD cameras, plus an IP camera interface to enable live IP production, have been introduced by Grass Valley.

The LDX 86N Series UHD camera uses new 2/3-inch XensiumHawk CMOS sensors with native 3840×2160 resolution, and works with large broadcast lenses without cropping or zooming effects. The sensors use DPMUltra dynamic pixel management to also provide native 1920×1080

HD acquisition (by combining two horizontal and two vertical adjacent pixels inside the imager) without the intrinsic downsides of UHD acquisition, such
as rolling shutter and decreased sensitivity.

The camera range starts with HD-only models (up to 6x slow motion), but all are upgradeable via the GV-eLicense programme to UHD – the high-end LDX 86N Universe offers UHD and up to 6x HD. The cameras work with the XCU XF fibre base stations and XF Transmission adapters.

Also new is the Focus 75 Live entry-level 720p/1080i switchable HD system camera, using three Xensium-FT CMOS global shutter imagers.

For live IP production, users of XF-Transmission on the LDX 80, LDX 86 and LDX 86N Series cameras can add a new direct IP interface from the camera via a GV-eLicense software upgrade.

By connecting LDX Series cameras through the XCU Universe XF or XCU HD/4K XF IP base station to a 10GigE IP network, cameras can be mixed and matched to any XCU, offering maximum flexibility between cameras, XCUs and the production team. The system is already in use at NEP The Netherlands for centralised cloud production.