GVG looks to share news

NewsShare, NewsBrowse and NewsEdit LT designed to ease workflow

The impending acquisition of Grass Valley Group by Thomson gives GVG's three product introductions this week a meaning beyond the typical NAB introduction. Many in the broadcast-equipment manufacturing community are curious about changes to the Grass Valley Group name and personnel once the acquisition is approved. Its new products—NewsEdit LT, NewsShare and NewsBrowse—hint a great deal of the company's future may be very similar to its present.

"As people go into NAB and see the things we're doing," says GVG Vice President, Marketing, Michael Cronk, "they're going to see some very positive signs."

With the company's Media Area Network system attracting major customers like NBC, it's no surprise that two introductions, NewsShare and NewsBrowse, relate to the MAN real-time shared-storage platform. According to Cronk, NewsShare, to be available sometime in June, allows the GVG NewsEdit editing and FeedClip systems to be connected directly to the MAN system.

"In NewsEdit installations, the user ingests video into the MAN and creates a browse copy to do a rough cut," he says. "It then has to hand the edit-decision list to the NewsEdit, which folds the material in from the MAN [for editing] before placing the material back onto the MAN." NewsShare lets the user directly access the video on the MAN.

A MAN with NewsShare and a few NewsEdit systems will cost about $170,000, Cronk says. One MAN can support up to 48 channels, handling roughly 20 NewsEdit systems, depending on configuration.

Since GVG's Profile video server integrates protocols necessary to work with newsroom editing systems of such companies as AP and Avid, Cronk says, the MAN can easily be attached to them. "To them, the MAN looks like a big server with a lot of ports."

NewsBrowse makes frame-accurate, low-resolution copies of clips so multiple workstations can share the same media simultaneously. "It's an MPEG-1 frame-accurate browse system based on standard PC platform," says Cronk. "It allows the synchronous ingest of low-resolution with high-resolution material and can create frame-accurate cuts-only sequences [to] be conformed on the Profile or on the NewsEdit."

Expected availability is this summer, with typical application pricing about $200,000.

The NewsEdit LT nonlinear editing system, GVG's first laptop editor, is due June, to start at $12,900. It does cuts-only editing and traditional A/B-roll suite functions in a turnkey design on a 1.3-GHz processor, 60-GB storage and 256-MB RAM, Cronk says, adding, "It uses the same interface and techniques found on the Vibrint editor."