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Grass Valley Kayenne Serves as the Centerpiece of Trinity Broadcasting Network's HD Upgrade at Multiple Locations(July 20, 2010)
rebuilt high-definition production studio in Nashville, Tenn. that went live in February.
The new Nashville studio-one of eight major production centers that TBN maintains throughout
the country-now serves as a model for the network's continuing migration to HD at its other
To date, the network's facilities in Costa Mesa, Calif. Irving, Texas, and New York City
all have Grass Valley Kalypso(tm) HD switchers installed. Going forward, all new and upgraded
TBN studios will feature Kayenne switchers, including the network's new Nashville facility
as well as its new Orlando site, which is scheduled for completion in December 2010.
"We were in the process of completing our fourth HD installation [Nashville] and were previously
using Grass Valley Kalypso HD switchers because we like the way they operate, but we waited to
finish Nashville until we received our new Kayenne," said Russell Hall, General Manager of the
TBN Nashville facility. "We liked the Kayenne so much that it will now be the switcher of choice
for all of our facilities going forward. This includes Los Angeles and Miami, where we will
deploy Kayenne switchers in 2011/2012."
TBN Nashville uses the Kayenne for a number of different types of programming, including live
concerts and events, as well as sitcoms, award shows, and talk shows. In Nashville, the shows
are produced in the network's 1,500-seat theater, as well as a 100x100 box studio. The Kayenne
is being used to handle sources for both rooms-often times simultaneously.
At TBN Nashville, the HD upgrade (from analog equipment) started in May of 2009 and finished
in February of this year. The facility is now completely HD-compatible, which includes a
4 M/E Kayenne, and also includes the addition of a new Grass Valley Trinix(tm) NXT 256x256
"The Kayenne continues to impress customers and is following in the historic footsteps of our
other notable Grass Valley switchers that have become proven workhorses in a variety of
applications," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. "TBN serves a large
community across the country that requires the best production values possible to convey their
message. The Kayenne gives them that and a whole lot more."
"Some of our technical directors come from high-end sports and entertainment backgrounds and
what they enjoy about the Kayenne is that they now have the ultimate platform in terms of
flexibility to do any type of production, any way that they want," continues Hall. "There's
not a single limitation that we have come across. Our crews can't say enough good things about
it. I have personally been using video production switchers for many years [since 1986]. I have done extensive work on every major switcher ever manufactured and Kayenne is the best switcher in the history of the broadcast industry."
In the past month TBN Nashville has enhanced its Kayenne with an optional ClipStore, which is
based on Grass Valley's proven and widely used K2 Summit(tm) and K2 Solo(tm) video servers and
works in tandem with the Kayenne's current internal ImageStore. Once installed, the ClipStore
will allow TBN operators to store and recall still images and video clips from within the
Kayenne's ImageStore menu panel and E-MEM/Cue systems.
The 4-channel, 2 RU ClipStore integrated server system allows Kayenne users to access a huge
library of SD or HD video for animations, replays, or any other type of video. The existing
six optional ImageStore Channels (for stills) are not tied up when using the new K2-based
ClipStore system for video. The ability to create folders and clip names has also been incorporated
within the ImageStore menu to make it easier to manage the large amount of content now
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