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48th Grammy Awards Telecast On CBS Sings With Grass Valley Profile SD/HD Servers

Provides unlimited and immediate access to images stored as digital files (February 09, 2006)

As it has for the past ten years, the Grass Valley Profile XP Media Platform and PDR video server from Thomson once again played a major part in bringing the excitement and live performances of the 48th Annual Grammy Awards telecast to both standard- and high-definition (SD/HD) television viewers. The Profile helped streamline the production of the live broadcast by providing unlimited and immediate access to images stored as digital files.

NEP Supershooters had its SS24 all-digital HD truck on site to handle the entire broadcast, complete with Grass Valley Concerto and Trinix video routing switchers on board, as well as a full complement of Grass Valley Kameleon signal conversion modules.

All of the images displayed on large video projection and small LCD screens throughout the Staples Center in Los Angeles for this year's event, as well as a variety of interstitial elements, were played off six Profile PDR 300 servers (each configured with 6 channel outputs). The Grammy's were broadcast live in HD on the CBS Television Network on Wednesday, February 8th at 8:00 p.m.-- live in the East, tape delayed in the West-- marking the 33rd consecutive year the show has aired on CBS.

Rick Edwards, a principal at ProQue, LLC, along with Jon Aroesty, operated the six Grass Valley PDR 300 SD Profile servers and three PVS 2000 Profile HD servers (four 1080i channels each) on site in Los Angeles, which were connected via fiber channel network in order to move clips on and off the Profiles quickly. Among the PVS 2000 HD Profile servers, configured with two internal HD MPEG I-Frame or Long GOP encoders, 8 channels were dedicated for playback of the main show graphic elements, while 4 channels supported the lower-third graphic backplates used for on-screen character generation during the HD telecast. The PDR 300s supported a total of 24 monitors on stage as part of the Staples Center set for those in attendance.

The ProQue team operated the Profile servers with approximately seven hours of attached storage per server, providing enough space to utilize both pre-built effects as well as to create live effects from separate elements during the live show.

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