Appear introduces X Platform into the Grass Valley Media Universe

Appear and Grass Valley have announced the signing of a global alliance member agreement. The partnership adds Appear’s X Platform to the Grass Valley Media Universe. Under the terms of the agreement, Grass Valley will integrate Appear products, including the X10 and X20 platforms, with its open standards NMOS and Orbit Orchestration control platforms.

As part of the alliance, Appear’s X Platform will be showcased at NAB Show 2022 on Grass Valley’s booth #C2107 and Appear’s booth #W8917

Grass Valley customers have now a tool for ultra-low latency and high-quality video encoding for synchronized multi-camera open standard SRT video streams. These are fed into the Grass Valley Agile Media Processing Platform (AMPP).

The Appear X Platform is a platform for video networking enhanced IP security and advanced compression for the remote production, contribution and distribution markets. Appear’s encoder supports 4K UHD and 10-bit 4:2:2 video, HDR and SMPTE 2110 inputs for IP contribution.

The X Platform has been thoroughly tested in combination with Grass Valley’s platforms not only as it pertains to delivering high quality, low latency SRT streams and JPEG XS across WAN with light touch lossless compression, but also in having the X platform controlled via NMOS and Grass Valley’s Orbit control system to build automated workflows.

Costa Nikols, Vice President Global Sales Enablement & Training, Grass Valley said, “The Grass Valley Media Universe is intended to bring existing and new technologies together in ways that generate new opportunities for our customers. This alliance with Appear directly furthers that cause. The channel density and multi-functional processing capabilities of the X Platform combined with our Media Universe gives customers unrivalled flexibility, providing the ultimate combination of low latency and stream synchronization required for high-quality cloud live production.”

Alex Pannell, Chief Commercial Officer at Appear added, “We see the partnership with Grass Valley as an exciting proposition for the market. Open standard, IP-based workflows are becoming more desirable to broadcasters and operators, and the combination of Grass Valley’s Media Universe and our X Platform is a one-stop shop for building this workflow.”

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