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Kayak DD1 Audio Video Mixer

Kayak DD1 Audio Video Mixer

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The Grass Valley™ KayakDD™ 1 M/E Digital Switcher is a highly affordable system designed for live production, small studios, and editing applications. It features a compact 2 RU design, superior image quality, and low power consumption. The system includes a powerful mix/effects (M/E) architecture with four high-quality keyers, four channels of built-in digital effects, six wipe generators and a utility bus, plus optional chroma keying capabilities. The KayakDD system features an intuitive menu with an integrated touchscreen color display and is switchable between 525-line and 625-line formats. It also supports a range of industry-standard machine-control protocols for managing VTRs, servers, edit controllers, and other production equipment. Optional Grass Valley RAMRecorder™ software for internal clip and still storage and optional RGB color correction are also supported. The KayakDD router interfaces with the Grass Valley Jupiter™ control system, the Grass Valley Encore™ control system, and a number of third-party controllers.

  • Switchable between 525-line and 625-line formats
  • Fully digital 10-bit, 4:2:2 inputs, outputs, and video processing
  • Compact, lightweight 2 RU frame
  • Low power consumption
  • Intuitive menu with touch screen
  • 16 inputs
  • 5 fixed outputs: PGM (2x), Clean, PVW, CleanPVW
  • 10 timed auxiliary buses
  • Internal RAMRecorder holds short clips and stills and works as frame synchronizer
  • Supports extensive list of control protocols, including those for:
    • VTRs (BVW-75)
    • Servers (Louth VDCP, Odetics BVS)
    • Routers/Routing Control Systems (Trinix™, Venus™, Triton™, and third-party routers; Jupiter™ and Encore™ router control systems)
    • Control Systems (Grass Valley Andromeda™ and third-party systems)
    • Grass Valley under monitor displays
    • Grass Valley external auxiliary panels
    • ESAM II for audio-follow-video applications
    • Edit controllers (native and Grass Valley Model 200)
  • Remote monitoring support via NetCentral™ SNMP-based facility-monitoring software
  • Four keys, each with linear, luminance, and optional Chromatte™ chroma key functionality
  • Optional RGB color correction
  • Four channels of high-end digital effects

Video Inputs
16 ITU-R656 component serial digital video or key

Video Outputs
ITU-R656 serial digital video.
Five M/E outputs: (2) program video, clean feed, clean PVW, and preview video
10 timed auxiliary bus outputs
Video Processing: 10-bit, 4:2:2; video delay <1 line

KayakDD Frame Control Connectors
Serial Ports: Six RS-422/RS-485
Tally/GPI: Eight inputs, 32 outputs programmable for tally or GPI
LAN: RJ-45 10/100Base-T Ethernet
KayakDD Control Panel Control Connectors
Serial Ports: One RS-422/RS-485, one RS-232
LAN: RJ-45 10/100Base-T Ethernet
Other: Two USB

Power Supply
Power: 200W (max) including control panel
Voltage: 100-240V
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Redundancy DC Input: 48V DC
DC Output for KayakDD Control Panel: 48V DC

Mechanical Data
KayakDD-1 Control Panel


  • Width: 448 mm, 17.6 in.
  • Depth: 418 mm, 16.5 in.
  • Mounting depth: 33-81 mm, 1.3-3.2 in.)
  • Cutout: 430 x 400 mm, 17 x 15.75 in.

KayakDD-1 Frame

  • Height (2 RU): 89 mm, 3.5 in.
  • Width: 482 mm, 19 in.
  • Depth: 430 mm, 17 in.

50m DC power and LAN cable set (from mainframe to control panel, or KDD-PSU to control panel)

100m DC power and LAN cable set (from mainframe to control panel, or KDD-PSU to control panel)

KayakDD External Power Supply for Redundancy. 1 RU rack-mount frame. Wide-range AC input. External DC input (12-24V) for RAMRecorder backup voltage. Two 48 VDC-Out connectors. No DC Power cable included.

5m DC power cable from KDD-PSU to mainframe or control panel

20m DC power cable from KDD-PSU to mainframe or control panel

KayakDD 1 M/E Production Switcher with 16 inputs, five dedicated outputs, 10 aux buses, two chroma keyers (Key1 and Key2) and one DVE channel with 2D plus perspective, MakeMemo macros and key/fill stores. 20 meter control/data cables standard. Specify KDD1-WHITEKEYS or KDD1-COLORKEYS with order.

KayakDD-1. Three additional DVE channels plus Kurl effects package

KayakDD-1. Seven RGB color correctors

KayakDD-1. Two additional chroma keyers (Key3 and Key4)

KayakDD-1. Four-channel RAMRecorder

KayakDD-1 Net Central Agent – Order one per KayakDD-1 being monitored.

Keys style is mandatory selection for initial order (next two items):

KayakDD-1. White keycaps for multi-color illumination (Initial order only)

KayakDD-1. GV style colorkeys (Initial order only)

KayakDD 1 M/E switcher (frame only, no control panel) incl. One channel DPM, basic wipes, 10 Auxbusses, MakeMemo, four key/fill stores, two Chromatte chromakeyers (Key1 and Key2). Options KDD1-DPM, KDD1-RGB, KDD1-CHROMA, KDD1-RAMREC, KDD1-NETCEN and common options apply to this item.

KayakDD 1 M/E switcher control panel. When not operated with a KayakDD frame an external 48 VDC power supply e.g., KDD-PSU is needed. Specify: KDD1-WHITEKEYS or KDD1-COLORKEYS with the order.


Data Sheet
KayakDD Digital Production Switchers Data Sheet (pdf)

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