At IBC, Grass Valley is showcasing Karrera´s suite of flexible features and its intuitive user interface, which ensure that operating the Karrera will feel familiar to experienced Grass Valley switcher operators as well as novices. A wide variety of system options provides both an affordable Karrera entry price along with the ability to grow the […]
At IBC, Grass Valley is showcasing Karrera´s suite of flexible features and its intuitive user interface, which ensure that operating the Karrera will feel familiar to experienced Grass Valley switcher operators as well as novices.
A wide variety of system options provides both an affordable Karrera entry price along with the ability to grow the system as needs expand. The Karrera family features two frame sizes (4 RU and 8 RU) with frame configurations from 1 to 4.5 M/Es. Either frame can be combined with a choice of 2 or 3 M/E control panels as well as a 1 M/E soft-panel GUI.
In addition to the hardware possibilities, Karrera can be expanded with a variety of software options to create the system configuration that is customized for a specific application. Karrera also features Grass Valleys DoubleTake split M/E mode, which effectively increases the maximum number of M/Es (including an optional half-M/E) to a total of up to 10 channels. Included with the DoubleTake option is FlexiKey programmable clean feed, allowing assignment of keyers to any of four outputs per M/E in any combination, in any order.
Karrera is a fully digital 10-bit 4:2:2 video switcher with up to 96 inputs and 48 outputs. It features HD/SD SDI signal support with (optional) up/down/cross converters on selected inputs and outputs, and six keyers in every full M/Efour full-function keyers plus two linear/ luminance keyers. Each full-function keyer has two pages (frames) of video and key storage to free up Image Store outputs and reduce the number of external graphics sources.
?The Karrera brings a new level of performance to more productions with innovative features and all the signal processing capability you would expect from the global leader in video production switchers,? said Scott Murray, Senior Vice President of Live Production Solutions at Grass Valley. ?With Karrera, were enabling customers to take advantage of all of the powerful =high-end features that Grass Valley has become famous for, at a price point that makes them available to a much wider audience. We expect Karrera to be the latest in Grass Valleys long line of successful production switchers.?
A newly designed control panel makes operators more efficient by accentuating the most-used functions while providing quick access to more in-depth features through an instinctive menu structure and panel shift levels. The panel incorporates bright OLED displays for source and function names, and all buttons have RGB LEDs that dynamically change for color-coding functions and source grouping.
The new switcher also features up to four internal DPMs (iDPMs) per M/E for a total of 16 DPMs, which float to any full-function keyer in the switcher. Kurl and Spektra are standard on all DPMs. In addition, Karrera supports four independent channels of eDPM with independent timelines and primary and secondary combiner outputs, available in the 8 RU frame.