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Grass Valley rolls out SaaS-based K-Frame switcher engine for AMPP

Cloud-first production is easier than ever with Grass Valley’s GV K-Frame on AMPP, a newly-launched application suite for its Agile Media Processing Platform (AMPP).

GV K-Frame on AMPP delivers a SaaS version of the K-Frame switcher engine that runs virtually on AMPP. Kayenne, Karrera, Korona, and KSP control surfaces maintain their well-known performance regardless of whether they are tied to a physical frame or to GV K-Frame on AMPP.

“Thanks to our customer-first approach to business, we understand the radical shift in buying patterns from hardware to software solutions. At Grass Valley, we have created technology that allows broadcasters and content producers to easily and efficiently make this transition to a unified cloud-production environment,” said Marco Lopez, General Manager for live production.

“For those operating our switcher technology, such as technical directors (TDs), much of the switching is done by muscle memory. They know the panel so well that it’s like playing an instrument for them; their conscious attention can focus on the incoming video sources and cues to build a show, and the physical actions simply flow.

“Now, with GV K-Frame on AMPP, users can immediately transfer that intuitive knowledge – along with their existing show files – to cloud-based video production. We are proud to say that the first deployment of GV K-Frame on AMPP is on-air with a customer now.”

With three M/Es and four keyers with 2D DPM per M/E, the solution uses the same user interface (UI) and control surfaces as other K-Frame solutions. Stills and animations with fill/key including transparency provide polished production looks that are easy to create, store and recall.

Customers using AMPP-connected solutions are discovering new operational models as shows are securely produced with cameras on location and production personnel across the globe. Thanks to Grass Valley’s intelligent timing technology, system operations are instantly responsive – even half a world away.

A recent event had cameras in various locations around Europe feeding back to an instance of AMPP located in an AWS data centre on the east coast of the United States. The TD switching the live show was in California.

GV AMPP is the core technology powering GV Media Universe, a comprehensive ecosystem of cloud-based tools and services that revolutionises the way live media is produced.

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