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February 2014

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Belden to acquire Grass Valley for $220 million

The announcement comes at the same time as Belden reported fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2013 results

By Holly Ashford

BELDEN HAS submitted a binding offer to purchase Grass Valley for $220 million. Belden intends to combine Grass Valley with Miranda, provider of hardware and software solutions for television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV. Grass Valley’s name will remain. The transaction is subject

to regulatory approval in the US and elsewhere and to consultation with Grass Valley’s foreign labour works council,

after which Belden will enter into a definitive agreement. “We are extremely excited to have Grass Valley join the Belden family. By combining Grass Valley and Miranda, we will create the broadcast industry’s largest and most complete portfolio,” said John Stroup, president and CEO of Belden.

The announcement comes

at the same time as Belden reported fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2013 results for the period ended 31 December

2013. Stroup commented: “Market demand appears to be stable in the majority of our end-markets. This in combination with the execution of our Market Delivery System should create the catalyst for organic growth and margin expansion. Even after completing the acquisition of Grass Valley, our funnel and balance sheet will remain strong. We are confident that these initiatives position us to perform well, and we remain comfortable with our previously

announced earnings outlook for 2014.”

Belden will continue to

promote the Grass Valley brand under the leadership of Miranda President Marco Lopez. Belden believes that the ability to purchase an end-to-end solution from the combined businesses will reduce complexity and increase functionality, ease-of- setup, and maintenance and operability. The company aims to provide access to the most comprehensive, innovative products in the broadcast infrastructure industry through one organisation.

ARRI taking orders for AMIRA By Holly Ashford

THE PRICING has been set for ARRI’s new documentary-style camera, AMIRA, and orders are now being taken. Prices for the camera and viewfinder start at €25,980 and a wide range of feature and accessory options are available. Temporary and permanent software upgrades allow owners to adapt AMIRA according to their changing professional needs. AMIRA combines image quality and CFast 2.0 workflows with an ergonomic design suitable for the shoulder-mounted lone operating typical of ‘run and gun’ documentaries. There are three camera configurations to choose from, differentiated by their software feature-sets. Customers then select a lens mount, battery mount and bottom plate to

assemble a complete camera, with various options available for each. Any AMIRA camera can subsequently be upgraded with additional functionality by purchasing a license from the ARRI website.

The entry-point AMIRA The AMIRA created a buzz at its IBC2013 debut

camera set allows Rec 709 ProRes 422 recording up to 100fps. Next is the advanced set, a configuration that adds features such as Log C, ProRes 422 (HQ) at 200fps, in-camera grading and a pre-record function. The premium set incorporates features for high- end productions, including ProRes 4444 and 2K up to 200fps, as well as limitless colour control on set and in post with custom 3D LUTs. Delivery of AMIRA cameras is due to start early in Q2 this year.

News & Contents Contents

1-10 News & Analysis Tackling the World Cup Philip Stevens talks to FIFA about the current state of preparations for this year’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup 2014 in Brazil

12-20 The Workflow SDI vs IP: The fight is on Will low cost IP usurp SDI, or does coaxial still have a long life ahead of it? David Fox reports



News gathering goes mobile – and wearable Adrian Pennington examines the changing possibilities of news reportage, from cellular bonding backpacks to apps and smart glass 19

22-31 Second Screen Forum Philip Stevens poses questions about the “Second Screen”, a phenomenon that, for some, is becoming the First Screen


32-33 The Business Case Danish Perfect Audio Neal Romanek visits DPA Microphones’ HQ outside Copenhagen, and its factory in the Danish countryside


34-47 Cloud for Broadcast Cloud basics for broadcasters In the first of a two-part feature, Ian Fletcher, Grass Valley, takes the mystery out of cloud computing for broadcasters 34

Stephen Streater: Ahead in the cloud Forbidden Technologies’ CEO talks to Neal Romanek about the state of cloud production and its future


48-56 BVE Preview We showcase the products making an appearance at this month’s Broadcast Video Expo in London 48

58 News Review A pick of the most interesting stories and developments from the broadcast technology industry 58

VB288 OBJECTIVE QoE CONTENT EXTRACTOR performs objective video and audio measurements of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 streams and offers remote video-wall capability.


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