Grass Valley Partners with IMG and Telstra

20,000-Kilometre Remote Production Breakthrough

Grass Valley declares the successful execution of a remote link from cameras based in Telstra’s Tokyo office with an XCU base station in IMG Studios’ London headquarters, using Grass Valley’s DirectIP connectivity solution to deliver uncompressed, ultra-low latency video over a distance of 20,000 kilometers.

For now, Grass Valley is the only vendor that enables IP communication directly between cameras and XCU.  This link, on a Telstra next generation Optical Transport Network (OTN) based Ethernet service between Japan and London, marks the longest, true remote IP production connection to date. 

The trial demonstrates a robust IP workflow between camera, IP switches and XCU that supports HD, 3G, UHD and SlowMotion feeds over large distances, proving the ability of the DirectIP system to handle uncompressed signal distribution. Signals were transmitted via Telstra’s high speed fiber link using the DirectIP configuration from two Grass Valley LDX 86N cameras in Tokyo to an XCU Universe UXF base station, with OCP control panels, in London. 

The workflow delivers easy set up and maintenance through a centralized control room to ensure the highest performance levels.  One of the benefits of DirectIP is that signal availability is not affected, including intercom and return video, allowing the remote site to integrate seamlessly with the production, regardless of the distance. 




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