Grass Valley T2 Express Series 2 Recorder/Player details
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Grass Valley


MFR Part # 608915

Grass Valley T2 Express iDDRs: Multiformat HD/SD Intelligent Digital Disk Recorder More
MSRP: $12980

T2 Express, Pro, and Elite iDDRs: Multiformat HD/SD Intelligent Digital Disk Recorders

Grass Valley designed the compact 3-channel (1-record/2-playback) T2 intelligent digital disk recorder (iDDR)  to be flexible, cost-effective and high-performing with three levels of storage configurations — Express, Pro and Elite. T2's advanced nonlinear production features, combined with time tested, VTR-like controls, give you the ultimate in versatility and flexibility. T2 supports a variety of SD and HD formats, and effortlessly integrates into your IT environment for exceptional picture quality and increase efficiencies.   Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, T2 iDDRs are complete and self-contained SD and HD audio/video playout centers. The front-panel transport controls have the look and feel of a traditional VTR, and its two output and one record channels support SD and HD content. The crisp, clear LCD front panel can display high-quality images and is complemented by a software application suite for managing and selecting media clips, clip editing and trimming, and playout — including playlist creation.   Featuring extensive rear-panel audio/video connectivity, T2 iDDRs can also accept files via USB 2.0, or by data transfer over a standard Gigabit Ethernet network including Grass Valley HQ, Grass Valley HQ + Alpha (T2 Elite only), XDCAM, P2, AVCHD, MPEG- 2, ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 (T2 Elite only), TIFF and TGA files.   Further, the T2 iDDR can be controlled by video production switchers, presentation mixers and audio mixers — to create a powerful presentation system. Every T2 iDDR has two playout channels for independent editing and previewing, or for delivering content to two different display systems simultaneously, useful for edge-blending and displaying 3D content.

T2 iDDR Express (HDD)
•  RAID-0 (500 GB HDD x2) 
•  1 TB data disk — 14 hours recording 
capacity (Grass Valley HQ: 150 Mb/s)

T2 iDDR Pro (HDD) 
•  RAID-10 (500 GB HDD x4) 
•  1 TB data disk — 14 hours recording 
capacity (Grass Valley HQ: 150 Mb/s)

T2 iDDR Elite (SSD) 
•  RAID-0 (1TB SSD x2) 
•  2 TB data disk — 28 hours recording
capacity (Grass Valley HQ: 150 Mb/s)

Key Features


  • High quality and long duration recording to XDCAM and Grass Valley HQ
  • Supports XDCAM HD422
  • Records to external storage
  • Records via HD/SD-SDI, composite and DVI connections
  • Import video from USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  • Transfer video via FTP
  • Scheduled recording
  • SNFS Option to support K2 storage connectivity (chargeable option)


  • Trim using In/Out points
  • Clip playlist
  • Search by name, date created, date modified, HD or SD and tags
  • Support for markers (timecode and comments)


  • 2-channel synchronized playback (Sync mode)
  • Play back video while recording (Chasing playback)
  • Playback various formats – XAVC, XAVC S, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, AVC-ULTRA, P2, GF, ProRes 4444 (Elite 3 only), ProRes 422, AVCHD, Grass Valley HQ
  • High quality slow motion

Interface and Operation

  • Independent input and (2) output channels
  • Intuitive interface and tactile operation – large touchscreen panel (7-inch), Jog/Shuttle
  • Remote control by GPI, RS-422 or network (AMP)
  • Timecode chase playback with LTC input
  • Keyboard, mouse and VGA monitor operation in Workstation mode
  • Restore default settings, delete contents, check and defrag disk in Maintenance mode

Reliability in any environment

  • SSD system drive for high reliability and fast boot-up
  • Robust construction -  passes drop and vibration testing





64GB (SSD)


1TB (500GB HDD x 2 / RAID-0)

Total Recording Duration*1

Approx. 14 hours @ Grass Valley HQ (150Mbps) /

Approx. 36 hours @ XDCAM HD422 (50Mbps)



RS-422A (D-Sub 9-pin) x 3


RJ-45 (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-T) x 2


USB 3.0 x 6 (front x 2*2, rear x 4), USB 2.0 x 4 (rear x 4)


DVI-D x 1, DisplayPort x 1*3


Stereo mini jack x 3 (not used)

Video Input


1 channel BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M / 259M-C)

SDI pass-through

1 channel BNC x 1


1 channel DVI-I x 1

Analog : YPbPr (SMPTE 274M / 296M / 253M / EBU N10)

Digital : DVI-D (DVI 1.0 standard, CEA-861-D, HDCP not supported)


1 channel BNC x 1 (SMPTE 170M / BT.470)

Video Output


2 channel BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M / 259M-C)


2 channel DVI-I x 1

Analog : RGB (VESA Monitor Timing Specification (DMT)) /

YPbPr (SMPTE 274M / 296M / 253M / EBU N10) multi use

Digital : DVI-D (DVI 1.0 standard, CEA-861-D, HDCP not supported)


2 channel BNC x 1 (SMPTE 170M / BT.470)

Monitor Composite

2 channel BNC x 1 (SMPTE 170M / BT.470)

Audio Input


1 channel Embedded Audio 8ch (SMPTE 299M / 272M-A)


1 channel BNC x 1 (ch 1-2, 32/44.1/48kHz)

Balanced Audio

1 channel equivalent of XLR-3-31 x 2 (ch 1-2)

Audio Output


2 channel Embedded Audio 8ch

(SMPTE 299M / 272M-A, 20 / 24-bit, 48kHz, locked)


2 channel BNC x 1 (ch 1-2, 24-bit, 48kHz)

Balanced Audio

2 channel equivalent of XLR-3-32 x 2 (ch 1-2)


1 channel stereo jack x 1

Monitor Audio

1 channel stereo mini jack x 1


LTC Input

1 channel BNC x 1 (0.5 - 18Vp-p, 10kΩ)

LTC Output

2 channel BNC x 1 (2.0Vp-p, low impedance)


Embedded HD/SD-SDI Input

DVITC Output

Embedded HD/SD-SDI Output



BNC x 1 (HD Tri-level/SD BB auto-detect)


BNC x 1 (loopthrough output from reference input signal)

Remote Protocol

BVW*4, AMP (Advanced Media Protocol for switcher /

vision mixer and external control software)



TTL Input x 6, Low 0V - 0.8V / High 2.0V - 5.0V, External Current Sink : 1mA


Open Drain Output x 6, Max Sink Current : 100mA, Max Voltage : 30V

Power (rated input voltage, frequency)

AC 100 - 240V, 50/60Hz

Electric power consumption

Up to 250W

Operating temperature range

5°C - 35°C


430 (W) x 550 (D) x 140 (H) mm (rubber feet and protrusions excluded)


Approx. 15kg



*1   The consecutive recording time is up to 24 hours at one time.

*2  The front USB cannot be used until the boot is completed.

*3   DVI-D and DisplayPort cannot be used at the same time.

*4            BVW supports pre-roll/post-roll, VAR playback in Sync mode and audio monitoring.

Package Contents

  • T2 Express 3 (Digital Recorder/Players)
  • T2 Readme First
  • 3P-AC power supply cable
  • AC power supply cable fastener
  • 2 screws (M3mm) for AC power supply cable fastener
  • Registration Card for the T2

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