Grass Valley Adds Integrated Replay and Playout Capabilities To STRATUS Collaborative Framework

Date: 26/04/2012

Delivering on the promise it made when the STRATUS software architecture framework was announced a year ago, Grass ValleyFollowing the introduction of new STRATUS newsroom computer systems plug-ins for APs ENPS, Octopus, and Avids iNEWS (allowing users to access all of the tools within STRATUS through their respective newsroom computer systems), the latest software additions help streamline the labor-intensive production processes for logging clips, replaying highlights, and accomplishing multi-layered editing. The updates also facilitate the unlimited sharing of clips and content creation tools between collaborative workgroups or individual users.

The elegance of the combined K2 Dyno and STRATUS architectures allows Grass Valley to make every clip available to all users instantaneouslywithout interrupting what others are doing at that moment and without having to dedicate or take away precious server channels for this purpose, said Charlie Dunn, Executive Vice President of Products for Grass Valley. This seamless workflow is the foundation of the STRATUS platform and is exactly what customers need in order to develop and distribute content fast and with the least amount of effort.

Basically, you can create a highlight in K2 Dyno and know that its there instantly within a playlist in STRATUS, continued Dunn. This becomes particularly powerful when it is used in a storage area network environment, which is unique to Grass Valley, which includes one or more K2 Dyno systems working together.

With the leveraging of metadata and the unlimited sharing of content, STRATUS also enables a number of new features not found on any other file based production system. For example, with STRATUS, media clips can be scheduled and then stored in different locations, then played back in real time from anywhere on the STRATUS network, using the same computer workstation client and control (software) interface. This leads to increased productivity and faster project turnaround times.

STRATUS uses the latest version (v8.1) of the Grass Valley K2 Summit¢ and K2 Solo¢ server and replay platforms as the foundation for all media clips to be stored, shared, and distributed in a fast and highly efficient way. The K2 Summit media server makes low-resolution proxy files available to virtually everyone on a network with proper authorization, via this highly specialized software layer, while also providing the bi-directional bandwidth necessary to move large HD files around a facility.



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