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Grass Valley Turbo iDDR Supports Playout, Recording, Content Management, HD

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  • May 16, 2024

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    Making the recording, playout, and management of professional audio/video (ProAV) content easy, affordable, and integrated, Thomson today announced the Grass Valley™ brand Turbo™ iDDR (intelligent digital disk recorder).

    Designed specifically for event, corporate, institutional, and worship production, the Turbo iDDR leverages the digital storage, networking, and clip-creation capabilities of the Emmy® award-winning Grass Valley Profile® line of video servers. Grass Valley has won multiple awards for its server line, as well as VTR replacement technologies, including two recent market leadership awards from the U.S.-based industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

    Smaller than a typical broadcast tape deck at 3 RU high, the Turbo iDDR can hold 10 to 40 hours of storage, perform the work of up to three VTRs, and can capture and deliver complex content in multiple formats— including compressed high-definition (HD) video. Users can control all its features via a touch-screen interface or with a keyboard, monitor and mouse. They can also operate and monitor the iDDR using popular control systems such as those from AMX and Crestron.

    The Turbo iDDR is part of the Grass Valley ProLine, a series of products to be unveiled over the next several months and that will provide a complete acquisition-to-production workflow for ProAV applications.

    In creating the Turbo iDDR line, Grass Valley has coupled its market-leading expertise in disk-based workflows and video servers for broadcasting and with the “digital dividend” inherent in off-the-shelf IT technologies to deliver a high-performance, ready-to-use, and aggressively priced ProAV product.

    The Turbo iDDR is perfect for today’s ProAV workflows. In university and corporate campuses, houses of worship, and commercial installations it forms the heart of a tape-free presentation and media-delivery network. For mobile productions, it is similarly flexible: production personnel can load playback content during pre-production then carry it to a venue or transfer material to the iDDR using various transportable media devices. And in media centers, users can easily integrate the Turbo system with nonlinear editors and off-the-shelf network-attached storage (NAS) systems using economical high-speed networking.

    The iDDR is also well-designed for the dynamic nature of ProAV applications. Users can react to changes in an event’s structure as they happen, playing video clips as soon as the speaker calls for them, or recording while playing to capture an entire event and/or repeat key messages during a presentation.

    With import and export capabilities, the Turbo iDDR supports Macintosh and PC-based content, including QuickTime files; Windows Media Video files, including WMV HD; and MPEG-2 and many still graphic formats. It also offers standard connectivity technologies, including DVI outputs and Gigabit Ethernet topologies.

    The Turbo iDDR leverages computer/video-centric components such as IEEE 1394 FireWire based camcorders, VTRs, and disk drives and conventional removable media such as CD-ROM and DVD drives, USB memory sticks, and external USB devices. It also supports HD video via file transfers—including HDV via FireWire (IEEE 1394)—as well as SD video, and the ability to play SD and HD material seamlessly on the same channel. It provides output channel visual consistency via selectable aspect-ratio conversion and scaling technology.

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