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Grass Valley End-to-End Video Workflow Deployed in Lebanon's First HD OB Van

Grass Valley provides mobile backbone for Lebanese production outfit Hedgehog with cameras, production switchers, routing switchers, router control systems, and replay systems

Grass Valley today announced Lebanese production company Hedgehog has selected an end-to-end workflow consisting of cameras, production switchers, routing switchers, router control systems and replay systems for Lebanon’s first HD OB van. These live production solutions provide the mobile backbone for Hedgehog so that it can provide better quality HD coverage of live events. On the ground, Hedgehog will work closely with Grass Valley’s local partner in Lebanon, Pharaon Broadcast.

“What drew us to Grass Valley is its ability to provide solutions from one end of the production chain to the other,” said Mr. George Moufarrej, CEO and Managing Director of Hedgehog. “This project marks the construction of our very first OB van so it was really important for us to have total confidence in the solutions that will help deliver our new mobile productions. Grass Valley’s expertise in live production is second-to-none, and its solutions offer efficiency, flexibility, and top quality performance.”

The full workflow of solutions selected by Hedgehog includes:

  • ·         A full series of LDK 8000 Elite cameras – to capture HD images natively and switch instantly between multiple formats and frame rates. Boasting three high performance 9.2 million pixel HD-DPM+ sensors, the LDK 8000 Elite cameras offer advanced picture quality.
  • ·         Kayak™ HD 3 M/E video production switcher - offering 14 affordable systems for ultimate flexibility, the Kayak offers a number of unique high-end features.
  • ·         Trinix NXT® digital video routing switcher with Multiviewer, 128 Frame HD 64 x 32 – offering 30% lower operating costs, powerful performance and simplicity. The Trinix increases productivity and includes three different redundancy options.
  • ·         K2 Dyno® Replay System – includes K2 Summit® HD/SD production server

with 80 hours of ingest, clip store, highlight reel creation and replay.

“The Lebanese broadcast market is an extremely vibrant and important market within the Middle East, and Grass Valley has been very busy there in recent months,” said Said Bacho, Senior Vice President EMEA, Grass Valley. “We’re excited to be making the announcement today with Hedgehog, and are delighted to be bringing cost-effective and future-proofed solutions to Lebanon. We know that Lebanese viewers will enjoy the services delivered from the country’s first HD mobile production unit.”

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.

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