Sony has today announced three new additions to its IP Live Production System, a value-added solution that increases operational efficiency while providing robust support for high-value modalities such as 4K and 8K. Designed with broadcasters in mind, Sony’s IP Live Production System streamlines and modernises live broadcast workflows in addition to supporting next generation technologies emerging in content creation.
To ensure interoperability, Sony establishes cooperative links and makes the necessary technologies and development tools available to leading vendors. As of September 2015, 36 manufacturers support IP Live Production System.
Sony will share this new technology at IBC 2015 with 4K IP-ready new products both with direct IP interfaces and conventional SDI, for flexible system set-up and smooth migration to IP. Attendees at this year’s show will have the opportunity to see the XVS-8000, the world’s first 4K/IP live switcher; the BPU-4500, a 4K/IP baseband processor unit; and the PWS-4500, a 4K/IP multiport AV server. These products come together to form a full ecosystem that delivers an IP Live Production System that is efficiently managed and distributed through the Sony’s IP Live system manager.
XVS-8000, the world’s first 4K/IP Live switcher
Supporting the Networked Media Interface, the XVS-8000 has direct IP connectivity. Based on the renowned MVS-8000X, the 4K functionality is enhanced in the XVS-8000, similar to 5ME configurations, so as to meet the demands of live event production. 4K CG wipe is also available due to the increased capacity in the XVS-8000 frame memory, while secure back-up and fast restoring is enabled with the built-in SSD.
BPU-4500, 4K/IP Base band processor unit
Supporting the Networked Media Interface, the BPU-4500 has direct IP connectivity, working with the 4K cameras such as the HDC-4300, the F65 and the PMW-F55 together with CA-4000 system camera adapter. The BPU-4500 generates 4K signals and simultaneously HD signal outputs that match to the current Sony HD system cameras. The BPU-4500 works with the HDCU-2000/2500 camera control unit to permit the same system operation as the current HDC camera system.
PWS-4500, 4K/IP Multi port AV server
The PWS-4500 supports both the Networked Media Interface (by optional board) and conventional SDI. Providing a new “Share Play” feature, with 10G networking, files can be monitored and shared between servers located remotely, for example between several OB trucks or facilities. Redundant power supply and 8x replay in HD (optional) are also available.
The three products will be available in January 2016.