Grass Valley Enhances K2 Architecture

K2 Summit, K2 Solo become first broadcast servers on the market to support AVC-LongG compression type

Working with its longtime partner Panasonic®, Grass Valley® announces the newest upgrade to its K2® server products to include powerful compression support for Panasonic’s new AVC-LongG (Advanced Video Codec/Long Group Of Pictures) compression type, which the company announced at NAB 2013.

Grass Valley’s K2 Summit® and K2 Solo® are the first broadcast servers on the market to support playout of the AVC-LongG recording format, which is part of Panasonic’s new AVC-ULTRA codec family of products. The new versions of K2 Summit and K2 Solo will be available August 2013, with software upgrades available for models sold within the past year. Older versions of K2 Summit are field-upgradable.

“With support for Panasonic’s new AVC-LongG recording, Grass Valley takes advantage of the sophistication of our K2 architecture to allow for the rapid implementation of the newest ENG formats in the industry,” said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Grass Valley. “News organizations and media groups looking for the latest generation of ENG cameras will now have the confidence they need to deliver content using a proven server platform.”


K2 Summit and K2 Solo are based on Grass Valley’s unique architecture that delivers the highest bandwidth capability of any system in the industry. The K2 Summit and K2 Solo guarantee that on-air channels never drop a frame of video, while simultaneously delivering consistent bandwidth for file transfers and editing operations. In addition, Grass Valley’s newly announced EDIUS® 7 nonlinear video editing software also supports the AVC-LongG format.

Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA offers recording in full HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. AVC-LongG, designed for applications where file size is critical, offers up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled recording in a much smaller file size, saving storage costs and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality.


“Our customers have been eager to utilize the high video quality and efficient workflow of AVC-LongG from shooting to editing and playout,” said Kunihiko Miyagi, Director of Panasonic’s Imaging Business Division. “Thanks to our long-term partnership with Grass Valley, AVC-LongG editing on EDIUS 7 and material management on K2 servers will be possible. We believe that AVC-LongG content captured by the Panasonic AJ-PX5000 P2 cameras and AJ-PD500 recorders will enhance data transfer efficiency while maintaining high video quality, allowing us to provide our customers with an improved workflow.”

About Grass Valley
Grass Valley® is changing the way live television is made and delivered. Recognized with 18 Emmy® awards for technology innovation, Grass Valley’s product portfolio—from image acquisition to playout—offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, future-proofed solutions which enable broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley gives customers the freedom they need to be creative in the studio, the field, and the newsroom. Merging optimizations of IT technologies with best-in-breed media systems, Grass Valley’s next generation solutions deliver higher quality and greater efficiencies. Customers include world-leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, service providers, government, religious, educational, corporate, and independent video professionals. Grass Valley is headquartered in San Francisco, and maintains local presence across the globe with offices throughout North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.