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Grass Valley HDSPARK PRO


HDSPARK Pro : See What They See...Before They See It

Light a SPARK on Quality

You have high standards.

Before you hand over your project, it must be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated to ensure it meets your required level of quality.

With HDSPARK™ Pro, you'll have an accurate audio and video monitoring and quality control solution, even when working within a file-based, networked environment that doesn't require ingested baseband video or audio.

Preview in real-time: With a full version of EDIUS® Pro nonlinear editing software, and an HD/SD-SDI output board that supports full-resolution, you'll preview content in real-time, so you can stay on task and properly evaluate your project before it goes out the door.

Stay synched: With HDSPARK Pro, you'll be constantly synched to a full-resolution preview of effects and content directly from the EDIUS timeline, so you can eliminate errors and miscommunication.

Easily handle mixed formats: When you use HDSPARK Pro, you'll handle any mixture of high- and standard-definition content. Plus, you'll have unlimited video, audio, title, and graphics layers, and any combination of real-time effects to raise the bar on quality.

  • HD/SD-SDI output for full-resolution, real-time monitoring with embedded 8-channel digital audio from included EDIUS Pro 7 NLE software
  • 2-channel AES digital audio output via BNC connector for high-quality audio monitoring
  • 2-channel unbalanced audio output via RCA jacks for high-quality audio monitoring
  • Video and audio output stays perfectly in sync with editing windows for accurate editing and trimming
  • Ships with full version of EDIUS Pro 7 (a hardware-only version is also available)

Bus Interface

PCI Express Rev. 1.0a x1 lane

Video Formats (Output)

  • 1920x1080i50/59.94
  • 1920x1080p23.98
  • 1280x720p50/59.94
  • 720x480i59.94
  • 720x576i50
  • 720x480p59.94
  • 720x576p50

Video Output Connector

  • HD/SD SDI output (BNC)
  • Supports HD SDI (SMPTE 292M) and SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M-C)

Audio Formats(Output)

  • 2-channel AES/EBU audio
  • 8-channel SDI embedded audio (SMPTE 299M/272M-A)
  • 2-channel analog audio

Audio Output Connectors

  • HDMI LPCM 8-channel
  • Monitor: 1x stereo RCA (unbalanced)

Power Requirements

+3.3V 1.0A, +12V 0.07A

Physical Dimensions

102 mm (W) x 89 mm (L) (4.0 x 3.5 in.)

Regulatory Compliance

CE, FCC Class A, C-Tick, ICES

Minimum System Requirements


Any Intel Core 2 or Core iX CPU. Intel or AMD single core CPU with a 3 GHz processor speed or faster (multiple CPUs and/or multicore CPUs are recommended). SSSE3 (Supplementary SSE3) instruction set support required.


  • 1 GB RAM minimum (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Requirements for RAM and video memory vary depending on the project format. For SD/HD projects: 4 GB or more RAM recommended.

Hard Disk

  • 6 GB of hard disk space is required for installation (including third-party software)
  • Drive with ATA100/7,200 RPM or faster is necessary for video storage:
    • Available HDD disc space should be twice the size of the file to be edited
    • RAID-0 is recommended for HD resolution editing


  • One free PCI Express x1 bus slot

Graphics Card

A graphics card supporting higher resolution than 1024x768 (32-bit), Direct3D 9.0c or later, and PixelShader Model 3.0 or later is required

  • For 10-bit SD editing: 1 GB or more recommended
  • For HD editing: 2 GB or more recommended

Sound Card

A sound card with WDM driver support is required


Required for software installation
Blu-ray Disc writer, DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW drive is required when creating Blu-ray Discs or DVDs

Internet Connection

Required for software license activation

Operating System


  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)

HDSPARK Standalone:

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (SP2 or later, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit)

HDSPARK Pro is available in two different configurations:

  • HDSPARK Pro with EDIUS: This model includes a complete copy of EDIUS Pro 7 nonlinear editing software.

  • Note: This configuration requires Windows 7 (64-bit) or Windows 8 (64-bit).

  • HDSPARK Standalone: This model features only the HDSPARK Pro board without our EDIUS nonlinear editing software. This version is ideal for current users of EDIUS.

  • Note: This hardware-only configuration works with Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Vista (SP2 or later, 32-bit or 64-bit), and Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit).


  • HDSPARK (HSX-E1) PCI Express x1 bus card
  • EDIUS Pro 7 software installation disc set (DVD-ROM)
  • Hardware setup manual

Note: This configuration requires Windows 7 (64-bit) or Windows 8 (64-bit).

HDSPARK Pro Standalone

  • HDSPARK (HPX-E1) PCI Express x1 bus card
  • Hardware setup manual

Note: This hardware-only configuration works with Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Vista (SP2 or later, 32-bit or 64-bit), and Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit).

Latest Version of Grass Valley EDIUS Adds More Functionality for Editing in a Multiformat World

November 22, 2011

San Francisco, Calif. November 22, 2011

— With each new release, Grass Valley™ EDIUS® multiformat nonlinear editing software continues to get better and better, and more popular with editors the world over. The latest version (6.06), adds significant increases in system performance and valuable new third-party compatibility that make an editor's job faster and more efficient.

Grass Valley at IBC2009

September 10, 2009

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (IBC — Stand 1.D11), September 10, 2009

HDSPARK Pro: HD/SD-SDI Output For EDIUS Data Sheet

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