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New Features and Functionality for Kayenne and Kayak

Kayenne Production Center

At NAB 2011, Grass Valley™ will introduce the latest software versions for its line of Kayenne™ Video Production Center (v3.0) and Kayak™ (v7.0.4) high-definition switchers. Both new software versions streamline production workflows, making crews more productive by giving the technical director (TD) more control over camera settings, macro editing, and signal routing.

New! Multi-Camera Control

The new functionality in Kayenne v3.0 and Kayak v7.0.4 gives TDs control over multiple cameras directly from the switcher control panel via an Ethernet interface. This includes tally for each camera, with controls that include Auto Iris, Auto Black Level, Filter Wheel Position, and Color Bars.

Scene Files from multiple cameras can also be recalled from the switcher quickly and simultaneously. This includes complex setups, such as camera shading which are created and stored by video engineers on location or in the studio.

In addition, the new software provides simple installation and reliable three-color tally to Grass Valley cameras over Ethernet, and can be used to place cameras into a useable, but not necessarily fully-shaded rehearsal mode.

New! Integrated Macro Editor

The new Kayenne software also provides a new macro editor that eliminates the need to rebuild a macro entirely from scratch merely to modify some of its functions.

Improving upon the current, stand-alone macro editor, Kayenne v3.0 software embeds the editor in the Kayenne menus, giving TDs direct access from the switcher interface or on a stand-alone PC. TDs can build macros from scratch, offline, before running them on a Kayenne, in addition to editing macros created with the switcher interface. The macro editor delivers a plain text description of macro functions allowing lines to be re-arranged and functions to be modified. Since the macro editor is embedded within the menus, all of the file management features of the switcher are already available.


New! Router Control of Kayenne Aux Busses

Grass Valley switchers have long been able to control router source selection, used mainly for pre-selection of sources on router destinations feeding the switcher. With Kayenne v3.0, router/switcher integration has advanced to a new level of performance with the ability to control Kayenne aux busses from Grass Valley Encore and Prelude control systems. Stand-alone router control panels running Prelude software can also be configured as remote aux panels. These include Joystick Override modes for temporary or latching cuts to a specific source, or for salvos.

“Grass Valley continues to deliver the features and functionality that our customers are asking for so they can become more productive, and this new software is a reflection of those requests,” said Scott Murray, Senior Vice President, Live Production Solutions for Grass Valley. “The Kayenne has become the new workhorse of the worldwide high-end live production community, while the Kayak HD offers many of the same capabilities in a smaller, cost-effective system.”

Pricing and Availability

All the features mentioned are currently available in Kayenne version 3.0.0 and Camera Control is included in Kayak HD version 7.0.4 software releasing the end of March 2011. These software releases include the features listed at no additional charge, available for download from the Grass Valley website


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About Grass Valley

With a rich history serving the broadcast and professional video industries, the Grass Valley name is synonymous with innovation, leadership, and performance. With a full range of products and services supporting many of the world's most high-profile television events, Grass Valley offers the most comprehensive portfolio of flexible and cost-effective digital technologies and systems available. Customers deploying Grass Valley solutions include most of the world's leading broadcast and teleproduction facilities, independent video professionals, as well as emerging content creators and distributors providing broadband, telecommunications, and transmission services. When you’re watching news, sports, or entertainment programming, whether on a TV, the Web, or a mobile phone, you’re watching Grass Valley at work.


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