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Grass Valley LDX Camera Range
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, offers an advanced imaging LDX
range of cameras for the ultimate in production flexibility.
Grass Valley's LDX
camera range offers
production flexibility

By Klaus Weber
Director of Camera Technology,
Grass Valley

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he LDX range includes the
LDX Series and LDX Compact
series - the new LDX HiSpeed (LDX
HS) 3X super-slow-motion, LDX
XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultraslow-motion, and the LDX Compact
HiSpeed (LDX Compact HS) and
LDX Compact XtremeSpeed (LDX
Compact XS) camera systems; and
the RS-LDX robotic camera system.
The LDX Series of advanced
imaging cameras enhances
creativity and offers four models,
including Flex, Première, Elite and
WorldCam. These cameras provide
a wide range of format support and
offer varying levels of operational
features and image control to match
the needs of every production.
The LDX Series is built around
the Xensium-FT CMOS imagers,
giving these cameras the highest
sensitivity and image performance
across different video formats, while
offering a new level of business
flexibility by using one hardware
platform with a flexible GV-eLicense
software upgrade model.
With GV-eLicense, users have the
choice of upgrading their cameras
perpetually, by a seven-day term
or with the B.O.W.L. licensing
option (bunch of weekly licenses),
where users can preorder any
number of seven-day licenses and
activate them whenever needed -
without the need to go through an
order process.
For optimised control, the LDX
Series works in tandem with XCU
base stations, providing full 3G
transmission connectivity for both
triax and fibre. The unique cradle
of the XCU can be premounted
and prewired in the rack, forming
a secure mechanical and electrical
connection, so the XCU base
stations can easily slide in

and out as needed.
The LDX Compact series is an
extension to the LDX Series of
cameras with identical image
performance
a n d
a comparable
feature set,
but in a smaller
mechanical
package. They
are the perfect
companion
to the LDX
Series
and
bring a new level
of image performance a n d
business flexibility for all
applications where cameras with
a compact form factor are required.
These applications include cameras
mounted on a remote pan/tilt
head or on a sliding rail system
where a lightweight camera body
- which is also easier to mount -
provides better integration for these
applications.
The latest members of the LDX
camera range set a new standard
in high-speed image acquisition,
capturing fast-paced sports action
and emotion at unrivalled quality
levels. The LDX HS is the newestgeneration camera for 3X superslow-motion operation in 720p and
1080i. It is also the first 3X-speed
camera system to offer an upgrade
path to an ultra-slow-motion camera
system via the GV-eLicenses.
The LDX XS adds ultra-high frame
rate acquisition (6X) for fast-action
applications in 720p and 1080i
and 3X speeds in 1080p, with
instant time-to-air so that not a
single moment of the action will
be missed or lost. Both cameras

The LDX Compact offers a small
footprint camera head for close-in shots

offer the highest
sensitivity and image
performance across all of the
different acquisition speeds, and
the unique AnyLightXtreme flicker
reduction system that assures no
irritating light flickering occurs
in the replays.
To fully support triple-speed
1080p and sextuple-speed
ultra-slow-motion operations,
Grass Valley developed a new
fibre transmission - the XCU
XtremeSpeed XF Fiber, which
utilises the same XCU cradles as
its single-speed range of XCU base
stations. Because the XCU's unique
cradle can be premounted and
prewired in the rack, it can quickly
and easily be transferred between
OB vans, studios, or anyplace,
which extends its usability.
The new LDX Compact HS and
LDX Compact XS are the world's
first self-contained high-speed
cameras in a small form factor for
space-constrained applications.
These small cameras produce the
same quality level from angles
and in areas where high-speed
cameras with a compact form factor
are required, such as dangerous
camera positions at a motor race
track or any other camera position
very close to the action.
A perfect companion for the
LDX Compact models are the
CopperHead fibre connectivity
solutions, including the 3404K, the
latest addition to the CopperHead
family. The CopperHead solution
takes the image quality straight
from the camera to a truck or
control room with only two strands
of fibre-optic cable, which carry all
bidirectional signals - including up

to four 3 Gb/s HD/SDI paths and
an Ethernet link for camera control -
eliminating the logistical challenges
posed by coax cabling.
Building upon the success of its
powerful LDX Series of advanced
imaging cameras, Grass Valley
launched three new RS-LDX
integrated robotic camera solutions,
the RS-LDX Elite, RS-LDX Première
and the RS-LDX WorldCam, based
on the LDX Compact cameras,
which use Grass Valley's in-house
designed Xensium-FT CMOS
imager, providing pristine images
in a variety of HD resolutions.
The new RS-LDX cameras are
ideal for studio, newsroom or live
production applications, delivering
a fully integrated, customisable,
turnkey solution right out of the
box. These automated robotic
camera solutions ensure highquality production by minimising
operator errors.
The RS-LDX includes a precision
pan/tilt head with a smooth
variable operating speed, highspeed motors and whisper-quiet
operation. The RS-LDX is perfect
in locations that would be difficult
for a traditional camera operator to
access and integrates seamlessly,
as an option, to Grass Valley's Ignite
Automated Production System.
Operators can configure these
camera systems with Ignite for
automated operation during live
productions. Operators can recall
camera location presets right
from the Ignite timeline as part of
a transition macro event, which
further streamlines the production
workflow with a minimum of
intervention.


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