The camera is an IP device that connects to the network, at up to 100 Gbps, allowing simple connection and discovery of audio, video, and control as well as superior PTP timing using open SMPTE IP standards.
Grass Valley has launched the LDX 100 camera platform, a high-speed, native UHD camera built with native IP connectivity. The camera promises to deliver signals directly into the network, enabling access to them wherever they are needed. The LDX 100 aims to offer creativity and flexibility for content creators, freeing them from the physical constraints of traditional live production environments.
The LDX 100 hopes to leverage the full power and agility of IP by delivering easy, rapid set-up and configuration and the ability to add features as needed. Its integrated design frees up multiple rack units per camera that were previously dedicated to camera base stations and deeply simplify the logistics for mobile productions when having to pair the right number of cameras to CCUs at each event. Implementation of NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 protocols means the camera is instantly identifiable to a network control system such as Grass Valley’s GV Orbit.
The camera also features Grass Valley’s Titan imager. Designed to answer the specific demands of live sports production, this 2/3-inch imager provides superior UHD resolution and HDR/WCG colour reproduction at up to 3X high speed.
The camera can pair with industry-standard B4 lenses to provide the zoom range and depth of field needed in sports without the optical gymnastics of other competitive solutions. This new solution allows production teams to create rich breathtaking images in full raster native UHD without compromising on the storytelling that viewers demand.
The LDX 100 has a mechanical design that provides ergonomic support for operators lifting and carry equipment, at-a-glance state indicators for operational status and “Champagne showerproof” protection against moisture and dust during live event production.
Flexible SW-Option – available on a temporary or permanent basis – allow customers to leverage extensive upgrade capabilities and only pay for features when they are required.
Commenting on the new camera, Marco Lopez, Grass Valley’s Senior VP of live production said: “Today, live production workflows – particularly in sports – need to be smarter and more flexible than ever, removing barriers to creativity and collaboration. Our customers also tell us they want to harness the best creative and on-screen talent, wherever in the world they might be. We’ve driven the transition to remote production, which is a vital step in this direction, but now the industry is ready for the next step-change. Grass Valley now leads the way with opening up true distributed production; we’re putting the full power of IP at our customers’ fingertips – right from the camera removing the need for base stations. The LDX 100 brings together Grass Valley’s deep knowledge of IP and long heritage in live production to create a future-ready camera solution that opens up new possibilities in production workflows.”