To help organisations of all types transition to IP production, Grass Valley has launched the XCU Universe XF camera base station and advanced UXF cradle. Supporting the AIMS roadmap and reportedly all IP video formats including HDR, these two solutions are designed to the support high bandwidth requirements of 4K video and IP networks and to deliver flexibility with hybrid SDI/IP features.
The XCU Universe XF base station are built for the extended bandwidth needs of the manufacturer’s LDX 86 and LDX 86N Series cameras, providing up to 6X speed operation, 4K capability and 15 HDR F-stops in 1X speed operation. Flexibility is delivered with the ability to output any format video over IP or SDI. The advanced UXF cradle, meanwhile, features an additional four MSA compliant SFP+ slots, offering fully redundant IP interfacing and 12G SDI via SFP.
The increasing popularity of 4K and HDR has also led Grass Valley to integrate HDR up-mapping capabilities into its new Densité UHD-3901-UC cards. They support a combination of HDR and SDR content, making them suited to facilities that have chosen to transition to UHD broadcasting workflows gradually and facilitate both SDR to HDR and HD to 4K/UHD up conversion.