Wednesday, November 11, 2015

More NRCS options - GV STRATUS integration with ROSS Inception

As you know, at GV we are always working on keeping our product offerings open and GV STRATUS in particular integrates with a long list of third party devices, services and tools.

We have been working closely with ROSS, and are happy to announce that we have added their Inception Newsroom Computer System to our existing list of integrated NRCS (you can already use GV STRATUS with Octopus, ENPS, iNews, Open Media, NCIS and Nishi-Com).

As with all our previous NRCS integrations, you can now benefit from the full power and feature-set of GV STRATUS, including all of its tools (and that means ALL!) within the Inception user interface. The workflow is similar to that we have with other NRCS systems, whereby you can create MOS placeholders in advance within the rundown, see status of your video assets (showing ready-to-air as soon as content starts arriving in the playout server), preview live feeds without leaving your newsroom application, and all other goodies that GV STRATUS has to offer.

We are pleased to keep adding more partners to our existing long list, and to offer you, our users, flexibility when it comes to integrating the video production system with the NRCS of your choice.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NEW! GV STRATUS News Bundles

At IBC this year we announced the availability of system bundles offering the full power of GV STRATUS news production functionality for smaller size operations. The offering provides remote field editing and proxy streaming/editing even using high latency networks.

With our new news bundles, producers can get stories to air faster giving them the opportunity to engage viewers faster than ever before, with compelling reporting and fully edited, ready-to-air packages.
Bundling our solutions makes them more cost effective and easier to implement.

GV STRATUS Newsroom Bundles are available in two configurations. Both systems support up to 15 users/editors and they differ only in terms of storage capacity and I/O.
  • GV STRATUS Newsroom Express: 2 bidirectional I/Os, 600 GB storage (based on K2 Solo 3G portable media server)
  • GV STRATUS Newsroom Pro: 4 bidirectional I/Os, 8 TB storage (based on K2 Summit 3G Transmission Client)
You can find out more on our website. To discuss a bundle for your facility, please contact your Grass Valley representative or drop us a mail. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015

IBC 2015 - DAY 5: improvements to the Advanced Logger - check it out!

Last day of another fun IBC! Over the past few days we've been telling you about a whole range of new features and functionality that we are adding to GV STRATUS. And as well as new additions, we constantly work on improving and enhancing existing tools taking on board our users' feedback.

We have put a lot of work lately on the GV STRATUS Advanced Logging Panel. For starters, button panels and customised buttons can now be easily managed from the asset list. The logging panel is now a whole Logging Suite, highly customisable and full of nice new functionality.

Buttons can be rearranged, resized and repositioned in such a way that they can mimic a specific formation, for example for a soccer team.  And you can add a background picture to help you get closer to the action and log live events more efficiently. 

All this new functionality, coupled to the recently-introduced ability to send buttons and whole panels via GV STRATUS Messenger, makes it a lot easier for operators to share their work and save time amongst logging and production teams.The new and improved Advanced Logger is the ideal tool to log all sorts of live events, from sports to press conferences, from reality TV to political debates and from musical concerts to religious congregations. You name it, we provide you with the tools.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

IBC 2015 - DAY 4: NEW Scheduled Transfer tool in GV STRATUS

Good day from the IBC show floor! We've had an exciting and busy weekend, with our booth being chock-a-block with visitors, clients, partners and friends. See for yourself:

We start the week telling you about a new tool that we are introducing on the already very flexible GV STRATUS tool set: the Scheduled Transfer tool.

You'll see it looks similar to the Ingest Scheduler, and that makes it intuitive and within minutes you'll know how to use it. What is great about the new Scheduled Transfer tool is that it lets you automate daily, routine tasks, freeing you up to take care of more creative tasks. It allows you to schedule asset transfers in advance between K2 bins or onto an external storage location. So if you're recording that all-important live event, and you need to have a specific section of it transferred out to an editor, or to an external customer, or simply send to the playout server, just schedule and forget!

Combined with the GV STRATUS' existing asset management capabilities, you have the flexibility to add metadata, create workflow rules that can archive, notify users, transcode, etc, as soon as the live event has started to transfer.

We will be happy to give you a full demonstration at our IBC booth 1.D11. See you there!

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

IBC 2015 - DAY 3: send to YouTube directly from GV STRATUS!

This year's IBC is well underway and we are thrilled to uncover even more exciting and useful new features with our next release of GV STRATUS.

Come by Hall 1.D11 to the Grass Valley booth, and see for yourself how fast and easy we have made it for you to publish directly to YouTube from the GV STRATUS client!

It's a simple as creating a workflow rule on our GV STRATUS Control Panel, where you enter the credentials of your YouTube account. This is totally invisible to all users, and only system administrators need to access this information (and only one time during set up). Once this is done, users simply need to check a metadata field to send to YouTube, they can monitor the transfer from within their GV STRATUS seat....

And as for the video quality and format, you can choose to transcode using one of our well integrated 3rd party transcode engines (again, this is transparent to the user and it just happens in the background, as it's part of the rule set up), or even faster and better, you can choose to send the GV STRATUS natively created proxy (which we will soon offer in three different resolutions to suit varying workflow needs), so that transcoding is not needed and the upload to YouTube can be lightning fast!

Come and learn more at our booth this IBC!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

IBC 2015 - DAY 2: EDIUS Project Templates

Hello IBC-ers, day 2 of the show and we are uncovering another great new feature to be released with our next version of GV STRATUS: EDIUS Project Templates. This will save you time and effort for editing elements which always follow the same format in terms of number of editing layers, audio, bumpers, logos, overlays, effects, etc. For example, you edit the same promo for 5 different days of the week, and all that changes is the overlay text. Or you just need to change the voice over for different languages.

Or perhaps you always use the same style for your "Coming up next" news teasers and you just need to fill in the video track. That's where Project Templates with our latest versions of EDIUS and GV STRATUS will come in extremely handy. Create the template, save and reuse as many times as you wish without having to redo all the work.

Even better - manage your templates using GV STRATUS asset management capabilities: search, classify, apply user permissions, etc...

Our Senior Director of Product Management for GV STRATUS, Régis André, tells us all about it in this video. But even better! Come and see it for yourself at our booth this IBC!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

IBC 2015 - DAY 1: come and see our snazzy new GV STRATUS User Interface!

We first launched GV STRATUS at IBC 4 years ago. We are proud to now offer you a product that is feature-rich, solid and flexible. We felt was time to refresh the user experience, though, so we have modernised our user interface. We can't wait for you to come and see it at IBC 2015!

We have new icons, a new animated splash screen and a whole set of usability improvements. Here's just a brief mention of some of the changes:
  • Better use of the screen real state: more assets can be displayed, space between tabs and panels is better used, etc.
  • Easier to expand borders, drag panels, scroll through lists....
  • Thumbnails can be resized by simply expanding the column size
  • Vast improvements to the Inspector Video Player: overlays can be moved, you can drag mar in/out points, you can zoom in the timeline to better access markers!
  • Full screen viewer now shows transport controls and the marker timeline (which again, can be zoomed!)
  • And many more!
Here's a peek preview:

We made these enhancements after listening to constructive feedback from you, our users, so we thank you for your input and support in helping us make GV STRATUS an even greater production tool!

Do come by our IBC booth 1.D11 to learn more about our brand-spanking new GV STRATUS user interface!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

We are excited!!! IBC 2015 - here comes GV STRATUS!

Grass Valley is coming to Amsterdam for our annual IBC attendance and we are excited to unveil our GV STRATUS new look! You don't want to miss on a whole st of exciting new features that we will be unveiling throughout the show. You can have a peek preview of our next major release coming out a few weeks after the show! Drop by our booth, or even better, contact us to secure a demo slot.

Do keep coming back to this blog, as we will be writing a new entry each day of the show telling you about a new and exciting new feature!

See you in Amsterdam!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TV Bahia in Brazil joins the growing family of GV STRATUS users

We are happy to have another GV STRATUS installation, this time in Brazil, at TV Bahia. They will be using their brand new Grass Valley production system for newsmaking and quick turnaround.

Read he whole story here...

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

GV STRATUS featured on ""

As part of a series on MAM and its evolution, The Broadcast Bridge has just published an article discussing how Media Asset Management systems have progressed until today and where we think they are heading to.... A very current topic, specially in the light of content providers' requirements to publish to a variety of platforms.

Click here for the full article.

Thanks to Adrian Pennington for the feature.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Check out how GV STRATUS provide flexible, efficient and powerful tools for fast-paced live sports production: from editing while ingesting, logging and marking highlights with a quick on-air turnaround to creating custom metadata, our production systems are used worldwide to cover live sporting events, large and small.

Have a read, here:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How GV STRATUS integrates with Non-Linear Editors: comparison chart

As you know, GV STRATUS integrates with most market leading non-linear editors. To provide a good overall picture of the integrated features supported by each of the main editors, we have prepared this Comparison Sheet. You'll be able to compare at a glance how GV STRATUS integrates with our very own EDIUS, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer.

You can read and download the comparison sheet from our Grass Valley website.

Keep calm and edit on!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015


As we announced recently, we have released maintenance release 3, or version 4.0.3 of GV STRATUS. Last week we told you about a great new feature to automatically create and export thumbnails off a video stream, simply using our powerful workflow rules. 

A number of additional features were released with this version of GV STRATUS and we would like to tell you about them here: 

  • New Dashboard role: the GV STRATUS dashboard which you already know and love J can now be selectively given to specific users. This helps system administrators choose who can have access to such sensitive and important information, as well as reducing network traffic. 

  • EDIUS lock enhancement: when an EDIUS project is being edited, the project and its included sequences and clips are locked in the GV STRATUS application. This protects against accidental deletion.  
  • Confirm pop-up when trimming: when a user trims a clip’s in/out points, they are asked to confirm before accidentally trimming.
  • Various other enhancements that improve performance, usability and efficiency

We take our users' feedback on board and constantly strive to make GV STRATUS a better production tool. Work is well underway for our next major release, with a totally refreshed user interface as well as significant new features. Contact your Grass Valley representative if you would like to discuss an upgrade or for new installs!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New features on GV STRATUS 4.0.3

Hi readers! After a brief hiatus, we are happy to be back in action with news and announcements about GV STRATUS, which keeps getting better and being more feature-rich....

With the recent release of version 4.0.3 we have added some great functionality to facilitate and accelerate the production process. One particular new function that we are very happy with, is the ability to select and automatically export thumbnails. This is extremely useful when users want to select specific frames to be used in external systems such as a webpage or for on-air graphics.

After the relevant export rule has been created, a user simply uses the GV STRATUS application to view content and add a marker (labelled as "TN") for the frames which they want to have thumbnails exported.

GV STRATUS will automatically create thumbnails and place them on the predetermined folder: This will also work with growing files, allowing users to export thumbnails to their external folder even whilst content is still being ingested! No need to wait for the recording to be completed anymore: accelerate your workflow!

Some of our users have given us excellent feedback on this small but powerful feature, as it has saved them time and effort for their web and social media publishing process.

We have introduced a number of other improvements on GV STRATUS v4.0.3. Keep an eye out for our next blog entry soon!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

New Application Note: transcoding with GV STRATUS

GV STRATUS tightly integrated with industry-leading transcoding tools so that transcoding import or export workflows can be easily automated. As a user, all you need to do is select a metadata field, or drop assets to a specific folder for a transcode job to take place in the background. Transcode profiles are configurable and selectable depending on each's user's needs.

Read all the details on our new application note here.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Do you work in post-production? See how GV STRATUS can help collaboration!

As you know, GV STRATUS is an ideal workflow and production management tool for news, but it is also a very useful toolset for post-production environments....

We have just published a comprehensive application note describing these workflows with GV STRATUS. You can find it on our website.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

REMOTE SENDS PART 2: Sending video from GV STRATUS to a remote file share

GV STRATUS offers a wide range of possibilities when it comes to sending content from the production environment to remote facilities.

In a 3-part series we are covering various case studies, and we already showed you on a previous post (Multisite and remote workflows with GV STRATUS) how to share content between multiple GV STRATUS sites, what we call MULTISITE sharing.

In this post, part 2, we show you how you can take advantage of GV STRATUS rules to share content with a remote location that simply needs the video as a discreet file on a remote shared drive. This applies well when you have multiple geographically remote facilities but only the central production system features GV STRATUS and K2 storage. 

In part 3 we will cover the ability to send from GV STRATUS to a standalone K2 server located in a remote destination, which is not under GV STRATUS control. Watch this space!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


We have just released a new application note describing our functionality to import media from a Harmonic video server. Check this out!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

GV STRATUS remote editing workflows with EDIUS

GV STRATUS, together with the power and flexibility of GV's very own non-linear editor, EDIUS, can provide for a range of remote editing workflows that will increase your editing speed and capabilities when you're working in the field.

Take a look at this video that explains and demonstrates 3 of the many possible remote editing workflows that you can achieve when working in the field with EDIUS and GV STRATUS.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Latest GV STRATUS and Avid editing integration

We have a lot of users interested in how GV STRATUS integrates with Avid editors. To complement the information available in our recently updated application note, we have prepared this video demonstration that shows the various workflows we can offer with Avid NLEs.

We show you two-way transfers between GV STRATUS and the Avid editing application (whether on standalone storage or ISIS-mounted), as well as the process to edit-in-place (via AMA).

Our latest GV STRATUS v4.0.1 release has added lots of new features for our integration with Avid editors, such as transferring markers and keywords, and support for importing/exporting files (including transcode) with Avid ISIS storage. Take a look!

We continue to add more functionality to our integration with the Avid environment, so keep an eye out on our blog for new features in forthcoming releases!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WEBINAR: GV STRATUS integration with SGL FlashNet for archive and content management

You already know that we have a pretty tight integration between our GV STRATUS production asset management tools, and SGL's FlashNet solution for archive and content management...

There is an application note available for a functionality description, as well as the full details for configuration and usage on our GV STRATUS Topic Library.

We recently ran a very successful (and popular!) webinar with our colleagues at SGL. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


As you know we recently released Maintenance Release 1 for GV STRATUS v4. Here's a video summarizing all its new features... Enjoy!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

GV STRATUS integration with Avid Non-Linear Editors - UPDATED Application note

To show our latest GV STRATUS improvements in integrating with the Avid editors (MediaComposer, NewsCutter, Symphony...) we have UPDATED our application note.

This document explains in detail the step-by-step workflows and process to edit-in-place (via AMA) and two-way transfers between GV STRATUS and the Avid editing application.

We have included lots of new features for our integration with Avid editors, such as transferring GV STRATUS markers and keywords, and support for importing/exporting files (including transcode) with Avid ISIS storage.

Check it out!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy 2015!!! - GV STRATUS v4.0.1 released

Hello to all our blog followers and supporters! First of all, let us wish you a great year 2015 ahead, and may all your projects be successful in the coming months!

We also want to let you know that we have just made available our first Maintenance Release for GV STRATUS v4, and you can find all of the information and installation software on the website.

The web-based topic library, inclusion release notes, will provide you with all the information you need regarding new features, operation and configuration:

As a quick preview, we have introduced:
  • Workflow enhancements for our Avid integration such as transferring of GV STRATUS markers and keywords to the Avid editor, and material exchange with Avid ISIS storage. 
  • Import and export rules enhancements
  • Various improvements to the GV STRATUS user interface 
  • Improved integration with K2 Dyno multi-angle clips
Watch out for a video tutorial soon where we will go through these new features in detail!

If you would like to discuss upgrading your existing GV STRATUS system to v4.0.1, please contact your Grass Valley support or sales representative. 

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