From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Sony

Sony | Stand C.101 | Website: www.pro.sony.eu

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016. Sony’s announcements included developments in image, IP and media workflow. The company also showcased how its “Beyond Definition” vision and technology heritage serve as the foundation for new consumer experiences and a range of business opportunities for media organizations.

Among the product announcements are:

Sony Adds New High Dynamic Range and High Frame Rate Technologies to the 4K Sports Live Production Workflow

Two new Sony technologies allow professionals to seamlessly incorporate high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate (HFR) content into a 4K live sports production workflow.

The HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit is designed for use in simultaneous live 4K HDR and HD SDR content production workflows, eliminating the need for independent workflows on the same event and saving a production time and money.


The HDC-P43 point of view (POV) camera uses the same imager and camera circuitry as Sony’s HDC-4300 and supports 4K HDR and HFR.  Lightweight (2.0kg; camera body only) and compact (119 W x 140 H x 212 D mm), it can be mounted in positions where HD POV cameras are now used, such as a crane, rail, goalpost or a Steadicam, to capture great action shots from unique angles, with up to 8x HD or 2x 4K.

Based on Sony’s recommended S-Log3 and BT.2020 production workflow for 4K HDR live production, the unit is able to do real-time conversions to the appropriate delivery formats for various applications (broadcast, OTT, public viewing), as well as formats for input (OETF/EOTF, color space, HDR/SDR and resolution), including conventional HD content production, and video signals apart from S-Log3 without compromising picture quality.

SONY Adds 4K To Its BRC Series PTZ Camera Lineup

Sony Electronics is expanding its BRC series of robotic PTZ cameras with the addition of its first 4K model — the BRC-X1000.

The BRC-X1000 is ideal for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow.

A full HD version, the BRC-H800, with a single Exmor R CMOS sensor will also be available.

The cameras’ high speed 60p HD mode can capture fast-paced subjects, useful when shooting live sports. Future support for 24P (planned for 2017) will give professionals added flexibility (planned for 2017) to use the cameras as a creative tool with a beautiful bokeh for dramatic depth-of-field effects.

The new easy-to-use BRC cameras combine imaging excellence with advanced intelligent capabilities, enabling a single camera operator to manage a multi-camera production.

Sony Expands Lineup Of Trimaster EL OLED Master Monitors

Sony today introduces the all-new 17-inch BVM-E171 and 25-inch BVM-E251 TRIMASTER EL™ OLED HD master monitors that are successors to its award-winning BVM-E series professional OLED monitors. The HD master monitors are equipped with enhanced features for 4K production, delivering outstanding performance, a quick response time with virtually no motion blur and a wide colour gamut.

Replacing the current BVM-E170A and BVM-E250A monitors, the new HD master monitors are targeted largely at the content creation sphere including broadcast, post-production and rental houses, as well as for research and development purpose for government, enterprise and laboratory.

Sony Introduces New IP Based Solutions

At IBC 2016 visitors will get the opportunity to see Sony’s interoperability based on existing open standards SMPTE ST2022-6 and SMPTE ST2059 and future new open standards TR-03 (SMPTE ST2110) and NMOS (IS-04).

At IBC, Sony introduces six new solutions to complete its IP Live Production System offering:

  • NXLK-IP45F: AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board — Sony’s new processing board, NXLK-IP45F, enables to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio. The board can undertake high quality 4K video and supports major audio over IP formats, including: Dante and AES67. Traditional SDI to IP conversion is also possible with this solution.
  • NXL-IP4F: SDI-IP Converter Unit — Sony’s new SDI/IP Converter Unit is ideal for any 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System. The NXL-IP4F provides a simple conversion for legacy SDI equipment, inheriting the benefits of Sony’s Networked Media Interface (NMI) technology.
  • HKCU-IP43F: NMI board for HDCU-4300— Sony’s new Networked Media Interface (NMI) board for Sony’s HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network. The HDCU system is easy to install in small OB trucks and is compact at only 2U in height.
  • XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166: NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board for XVS Series — Sony’s new Networked Media Interface (NMI) QSFP+ I/O boards (input or output) for XVS switchers allow the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link. The XKS-Q8111 board is for input and XKS-Q8166 board is for output.
  • PWA-MV1N: Multi-viewer Software — Sony’s new software based IP Multiviewer solution, PWA-MV1N, enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring. Supporting up to 32x IP based video Streams, its flexible layout design can display also Graphics, Tally signals, UMD clock and timers into HD or 4K display outputs.

Sony Launches Media Backbone NavigatorX

Sony today announced an evolved version of its highly acclaimed Media Navigator solution, Media Backbone NavigatorX, offering new features to deliver easier, quicker and more efficient asset and workflow management. Building on the launch of Media Navigator last year, Media Backbone NavigatorX has been designed based on customer feedback to suit multiple modern workflow environments. Users will be able to manage content assets in a range of formats, with flexible feature options for production, archiving and workflow automation.  

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