NAB Grass Valley showed new LDX 135 and LDX 150 cameras integrating RF or 5G bonded cellular transmission; and Framelight X upgrades for remote editing, cloud archive, AI search.

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Grass Valley brought new versions of the LDX 135 and LDX 150 cameras to NAB Show 2024, featuring integrated wireless transmission via RF or 5G bonded cellular.

The new LDX 135 RF and LDX 150 RF are designed and optimised in cooperation with RF system vendors, and have reliable rear-side mechanical interfaces that are EMI-approved for safe operation in their intended environment, without electromagnetic interference. They accommodate third-party transmission modules without needing external cables or significant mechanical effort, as well as 5G transceivers. Compared to the original LDX 135 and LDX 150, the RF editions have a shorter chassis length that make room for the transmitter kit, but still maintain stable, balanced shoulder operation.

Paul de Bresser, Product Manager at Grass Valley, said, “We developed the LDX 135 RF and LDX 150 RF in response to growing demand for wireless versions of our LDX 100 series cameras. These changes make it easier to operate the cameras in positions that would be difficult or impossible to connect with cable runs, but the picture quality and functionality are the same as in the original models.”

High Quality Images with Greater Transmission Options

As the first LDX 100 Series cameras supporting wireless transmission, the native IP LDX 135 RF and LDX 150 RF models for live broadcast are designed to record the critical details that attract viewers to video featuring fast-moving action and rapid decision-making. The cameras support all single speed video modes up to UHD with HDR and Global Shutter, and use three new 2/3-inch Xenios imagers to capture images with high F11 @ 2000 lux sensitivity.

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With the cameras’ smaller lens apertures, users can focus more effectively and achieve greater depth of field. The signal-to-noise ratio has improved by reducing gain for cleaner images, and an option for JPEG XS high-quality low-latency video compression is included.

“With its NativeIP operating mode and the IP-based signal transmission to the XCU base stations, the LDX 100 Series already contained some of the most effective, comprehensive signal transmission systems available,” said Paul de Bresser. “Now customers can attach any transmission solution they desire, including 5G transceivers, allowing transmission of camera signals directly to remote and/or cloud-based production centers, with return video, tally and control.”

Users can obtain a Build-Back Kit to retrofit the LDX 135 RF and LDX 150 RF, back to a standard LDX 135/150 very quickly.

Framelight X Asset Management SaaS

Also showing at NAB, Grass Valley’s Framelight X asset management software-as-a-service now has upgrades for recording, managing, editing, finding and delivering content more quickly and efficiently. Framelight X is a federated asset management system, running as a native application inside the company’s comprehensive GV AMPP media production SaaS, on-premises or in the cloud.

Framelight X virtually ingests any digital video format and has an HTML5 Editor allowing internal editing, or export for craft editing in connected EDIUS or Adobe Premiere software. Remote editors can begin working within a few seconds of a live recording starting, and generate content into a single, global asset management system that supports content sharing, avoiding duplication of effort.

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Searching, Archiving, Indexing

Damon Hawkins, Director, Production for Grass Valley said, “We’ve now added AI support via AWS Rekognition, which can analyse millions of images within seconds, including streaming and stored videos. This not only makes it easier to find the appropriate content for different projects, but also makes it possible for 3rd parties to interrogate the database via an API and return content based on their search. For example, it will find all clips with the White House, mountains, happy faces and so on.”

As well as AWS Glacier file storage web service for data archiving, and Google Cloud Platform code for developers, Framelight X now supports Oracle's DIVA Content Storage Management, which many Grass Valley STRATUS system owners use. GV sQ owners can also index their sQ content and render it alongside other native Framelight X content and other file-based assets.

The system can also play out clips based on MOS running orders from newsroom computer systems (NRCS), control upstream routers and show the source clip name just by hovering the cursor over the clip.

The goal of all these updates and additions in Framelight X is increasing users’ yield per asset by federating content into a single, global asset management system that encourages content sharing and reduces duplication.