Looking to support its growing client base with the latest digital video production equipment, Studios A/S, a leading independent facility house in Copenhagen, has upgraded the control rooms of two of its main production studios with two new Grass Valley™ Kayak™ video production switchers – one HD and one SD .
The first installation (Kayak SD) was completed in the fall of 2009 to meet a tight deadline for a new game show that is now on the air. Once production of the show was successfully completed, the company's management decided to order a second Kayak switcher (an HD version) to support the upgrade of its largest studio to full digital operations.
" The Kayak is very competitively priced, is compact in size, and it comes standard with all the features we use most," said Peter Seehausen COO of Studios A/S. "Also, we know that our investment is future-proofed. Once we decide to move the first control room to high-definition production, the switcher can be easily upgraded."
Studios A/S is a long-time Grass Valley customer, having purchased several DD35, DD20, and DD10 switchers in the mid-1990s as well as a number of Turbo™ iDDR units for clip management and playback. For companies like Studios A/S, which rents its studio facilities for local game shows and all types of television programs and commercial productions, the Kayak switcher offers sophisticated digital video switching functionality in a highly affordable package.
Ideally suited to live production, the Grass Valley Kayak production switcher product line includes a powerful M/E architecture with four keyers per bank and eight channels of built-in digital effects. It also provides plenty of power for compositing keys such as logos and graphics. In addition, each keyer in the M/E can optionally perform chroma keys using the Grass Valley Chromatte advanced chroma keyer. Clips are identified by user-specified names for easy recall and can be played back at standard or variable speeds, either forward or backwards.