The LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS™) camera offers a lot of firsts: the first handheld ultra slow-motion camera, the first to deliver instant time-to-air with no internal camera storage requirement, and the first ultra slow-motion camera to integrate seamlessly into live workflows with higher than 3X speeds. Delivering AnyLightXtreme flicker-free images in speeds up to 6X operation in 1080i and 720p, plus 3X speed operation in 1080p, the LDX XS is the perfect addition for super slow-motion and ultra slow-motion applications, with an additional 1X standard-speed "live" output.
Using GV-eLicenses, both the LDX XS and LDX Compact XS cameras are software upgradable from the LDX HS and LDX Compact HS cameras, respectively.
AnySpeed...Anytime...For Perfect Replay
All LDX high-speed cameras work in tandem with the Grass Valley® K2 Dyno® Replay System and K2 Summit® 3G Production Client, and include optimized K2 Dyno AnySpeed™ technology which provides for smooth playback at any speed from 0% to 200%, dramatically expanding the ability to tell a compelling story during replays.
Super and Ultra Slow Motion Camera Solutions - LDX HiSpeed and LDX XtremeSpeed
The LDX HiSpeed (LDX HS) and LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) are the latest members of the LDX camera range, available in both system and compact configurations. With the introduction of the LDX HS and the LDX XS, a new standard in high-speed capturing is available, based on extensive experience in the field of high-speed acquisition.
The LDX HS and LDX XS offer exactly the same outstanding ergonomics as all the other cameras from the LDX range including the integrated zoom control in the handgrip, the unique side grip, and the optional ComfortPad shoulder pad.
To capture fast-paced sports action and emotion at unrivaled quality levels, high frame rates, and with instant time-to-air, all captured frames are outputted to the XCU base station instantaneously, without a cumbersome double-action memory buffer in the camera. This makes the difference between being able to bring a shot to air, or missing the moment. Since all the images can be permanently recorded, they can be used at any time and not a single moment will be missed or lost. Until now, with ultra slow-motion cameras, only the images which have been downloaded from the loop recorder inside the camera head have been available for later use.
The LDX HS is the direct successor of the Grass Valley LDK 8300 for all 3X speed applications in 1.5G acquisition formats. However, it is the only super slow-motion camera system available which offers an upgrade path to a fully featured ultra slow-motion camera system with up to 6X speed operation. This increase in flexibility offers a much more future-ready solution than any other 3X speed camera system previously available.
The LDX XS is the first handheld ultra slow-motion camera to offer the flexibility to move close to where the action is. With up to 6X speed operation, the camera permits the user to choose the speed which offers the best compromise between sensitivity, noise performance, additional motion resolution, and the replay time needed for a wide variety of applications in live broadcast.
As the LDX XS and the LDX HS are part of the LDX range, they integrate seamlessly and offer easy matching with all the other camera positions. They are all built around three extremely powerful and Grass Valley designed Xensium-FT imagers, which is the latest generation of camera imagers offering all the advantages of CMOS imaging technology—high sensitivity in all video modes, high dynamic range, low power consumption, and fast readout possibilities. They also include global shutter behavior which was previously only possible with CCD imagers. Xensium-FT imagers deliver unmatched sensitivity and picture quality even in the most demanding of applications.
To make images look their best, LDX incorporates TrueTexture—a unique feature to preserve texture throughout all processing parameters. Another imaging innovation is ArtTouch, an intuitive interface between the operator and hardwired controls, which significantly enhances artistic possibilities within a live broadcast. Looking back at the last five years in broadcasting, a lot has changed with respect to the way productions are being managed from an artistic point of view. To an increasing extent, there is a close collaboration between creative directors and the camera shaders, who adjust each camera feed to perfection. With all LDX cameras, a completely new level of artistic camera control is included, to support today’s and tomorrow’s requirements for live shading flexibility. By using the full latitude of the custom-designed Xensium-FT CMOS imager, control of every aspect of the image is available, so any degree of creative touch can be applied.
All LDX cameras provide enhanced colorimetry, color-matching, and picture performance. Color temperature and tint are just two of the parameters that can be simultaneously adjusted across multiple cameras. Knee saturation control maintains a correct hue by using secondary compression. An advanced chromatic lens aberration correction and sharpness solution (CLASS) is applied (with only a basic system in the LDX Flex), and offers impressive sharpness improvements primarily on the left and right regions of the image. Other features assist in aperture correction, detail preservation, and more.
All camera operations with high frame rate capturing - such as in super slow-motion and ultra slow-motion applications - face a unique challenge caused by most artificial light sources. In stadium venues and sports arenas for example, lighting conditions are often not ideal for high speed acquisition. A visual flicker is perceived as changes in light levels due to the mismatch between the camera scanning frequency and the power frequency of artificial lights. With the unique AnyLightXtreme feature for LDX HS and LDX XS high-speed camera systems, there is compensation for this mismatch that helps to automatically reduce flicker, with several presets for different lighting conditions available in the cameras. These presets can be accessed from the operational control panel (OCP) or the master control panel (MCP). The various presets permit the camera to reduce the flickering in the most effective way based on the lighting situation and scanning frequency.
Productions need freedom, flexibility, and adaptability. Grass Valley understands the value of being able to choose the right solution to fit specific requirements. Since the LDX HS and LDX XS camera systems enable operation in a variety of different modes—which includes single speed (1X) operation with full performance—they can be used without any compromise in nearly all applications.
With the unique GV-eLicense program, where users have the choice of upgrading their cameras with a perpetual or 7-day term, the LDX HS can be upgraded to the LDX XS, which offers additional flexibility. An enhancement to the 7-day term license is the B.O.W.L. (bunch of weekly licenses) licensing option, where users can preorder any number of 7-day licenses and activate them whenever needed—without the need to go through an order process.
To support with full performance the increased bandwidth which is required for 3X 1080p and 6X speed ultra slow-motion operation, a new transmission solution has been developed—the XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber base station, which is fully compatible with the XCU cradles used for the 3G Triax and 3G Fiber XCU base stations. This is clear proof that the XCU concept is a real game-changer for video production companies such as OB truck operators as it helps to minimize operational costs and streamlines reconfiguration for each production. XCU consists of two distinct components: the base station and a fixed cradle. The cradle can be mounted and wired into equipment racks, and the base station can be docked into different cradles as needed. All specific settings needed for the production environment are memorized in an EEPROM inside the cradle and will automatically configure the base station when it’s powered on.
To control all the different Grass Valley cameras in a production environment, a powerful and flexible camera control solution is available. C2IP is the first camera control system available which uses Ethernet and TCP/IP open IT standards so that even the largest multi-camera systems can be fully controlled over an Ethernet-based network. With the Connect Gateway, an interface is available which provides integration for the C2IP camera control system into many different kinds of external control systems. An application has been developed where the basic camera settings can be controlled from all the current Grass Valley video production switchers. Now all the different Grass Valley cameras can be an integral part of the total facility control system.
From the RefleX SuperXpander kits for large lenses, high-resolution viewfinders, the ComfortPad shoulder pad with integrated side grip, to lighted script boards, rain covers, and universal transport cases, all the different Grass Valley camera accessories are also fully compatible with the LDX HS and LDX XS cameras.