Swiss TV station Canal9 has transitioned from SD to HD, with the help of a number of solutions from Grass Valley. The company has supplied a K2 Summit production client with a K2 SAN server configuration, GV STRATUS application framework for nonlinear production including EDIUS editing capabilities, and GV Edge integrated playout system. Canal9 has signed a five-year agreement with Grass Valley.
“The move from SD to HD is of huge importance to Canal9 because we are absolutely committed to giving our viewers the best quality of service possible,” said Stéphane Sassano, CTO, Canal9 Association. “Grass Valley’s solutions have made the transition simple. Their intuitiveness and ease-of-use has given us the time and freedom to be creative. We couldn’t be more pleased with our new HD system, it’s met all our requirements head-on.”
The K2 Summit production client supports end-to-end SD/HD workflows in DVCPRO, MPEG-2, AVC-Intra, H.264/AVCHD, and DNxHD formats. It integrates with GV STRATUS, which offers software-centric tools for production workflow, offering support for ingest, editing, content aggregation, logging, transfer and playout. It also combines with EDIUS to offer editing functionality.
“We’re delighted to be making the announcement today with Canal9, supporting them in making the shift from SD to HD,” said Said Bacho (pictured), senior vice president of EMEA, Grass Valley. “We understand that our customers want to push the envelope in terms of quality output without breaking the bank, which is why we develop our solutions in such a way that they require minimal manpower to use.”
Joel Antonin, Co-CTO, Canal9, commented: “It’s been a real pleasure working with Grass Valley on this project. Its support from planning through to installation has been invaluable in helping Canal9 ensure that it will continue to deliver best-in-class services to its viewers across Switzerland.”