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Production Switcher

Grass Valley 1200

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BCS Price: $17,975.00
Item #:EQ445293N
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Equipment Description:
14 SDI In, 2 Aux busses

Model Description:
16 analog or digital inputs,SD, Serial component digital production switcher. PAL or NTSC

Model Details

The Model 1200 Serial Component Digital Production Switcher delivers large switcher performance in a unique compact design. We've incorporated years of customer feedback into the Model 1200 control system. The switcher's built-in EL menu display gives you instant access to system setup, diagnostics and parameter adjustment. With keying power unmatched by any system in its class, plus a control panel that gives you a whole new level of ease of use and integrated control, the Model 1200 is the most powerful, easy to use digital switcher in its class.

With its component digital design and 10-bit processing, the Model 1200 delivers outstanding video fidelity and consistent video transparency. So you enjoy keys that are sparkling clean, and the creative freedom that comes from a virtually unlimited number of record generations.

E-MEM System

Standard E-MEM provides storage for 20 complete switcher setups, and a 3.5" floppy disk drive is included for storage of E-MEM Effects set-ups.

Better Chroma Keys and Borderline Key Edging

The foreground keyers can be enhanced with Chromatte Chroma Key. Advanced chroma capabilities include background and foreground suppression and the Grass Valley patented Secondary Hue Suppression process to eliminate color fringing. All the keyers have their own individual matte generators and you can fit them with another Grass Valley exclusive - Borderline® key edge generators. The Borderline option allows all keyers to be enhanced with edging effects, including border, shadow extrude and outline.

Second Keyer and 3D Keying

In addition to luminance , linear, chroma key and preset wipes, the Model 1200 gives you the added flexibility of a second keyer in the Mix/Effects (M/E) subsystem. Changing layer priorities is as simple as turning a control. Also built into the Model 1200 is our proprietary Z-key Depth Processor which enables you to key in a third dimension with the system's M/E keyers. Z-Key takes "z-axis" data from Grass Valley digital effects systems to key elements in 3D space.

4:4:4 Keying Capability

The very powerful keying capabilities of the Model 1200 include 4:4:4 digital format chroma keys. Using two physical inputs, you can create the highest quality digital source chroma keys possible in a compact production switcher.

Additional Features

With your integrated effects system, the Model 1200 offers all-digital posting power and versatility. It can be configured with up to 16 inputs, which can be either analog or digital signals.

Two auxiliary buses integrated with the Model 1200 effects send system let you feed digital effects devices with the same sources that feed the switcher. You can also use the effects send system to splice an effects device into the path of any of the Model 1200 keyers, enabling you to fly chroma keys, linear keys or preset patterns while using only one keyer in the system.

Configured for your Future

With analog and digital input capability, the Model 1200 is an excellent choice for serial digital conversion. The system is also easily upgradeable to larger configurations. The Model 1200 Digital Switcher has the flexibility and features that you can count on now and for a long time to come.

Standard Features


Standard Features

  • ITU-R601 4:2:2:4 technology
  • Auto-timing serial or parallel input/output with key input for every video input
  • 10-bit processing for outstanding video fidelity and transparency
  • Three full-function keyers
  • Chroma key in the downstream keyer
  • Proc amp controls on every input will correct any input source errors in the switcher
  • Effects send capability lets you splice an effects device into the path of any keyer (requires optional output module)
  • Auto-select 525/625 formats
  • 16 inputs (analog or digital) you can assign as either video or key
  • Fully compatible with the 16x9 picture formats
  • Standard E-MEM control of the entire system
  • Serial/GPI interface


  • Borderline key edge generator
  • Second keyer in the M/E
  • Z-key depth processor
  • Chromatte chroma keyer
  • Effects send/dual auxiliary buses
  • Look-ahead preview mixer
  • 4 character source name displays
  • 2 component serial digital inputs per module
  • 2 component parallel digital inputs per module
  • Color difference or RGB analog input module
  • 2 component serial digital outputs per module
  • 2 component parallel digital outputs per module
  • RGB or color difference analog output



Additional Detailed Information:

4:2:2:4 digital video signal processing

Unmatched keying power for its class

Ideal system for facilities transitioning from analog to digital

Compact control panel provides familiar, easy-to-use interface

E-MEM ® effects memory system and effects send capability


Additional Information

grass valley_1200.pdf
GVG 1200 Installation guide.pdf
GVG 1200 operations manual.pdf
GVG 1200 Ordering guide.pdf

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