IBC 2017: Avid unveil DNxIV

IBC 2017: Avid unveil DNxIV

Avid released the 2U, rackmountable Avid Artist | DNxIQ at NAB back in April, and for many vendors that would have been enough. Not Avid. At IBC, they’re back with the even smaller Avid Artist | DNxIV.

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Link the DNxIQ, it offers high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which gives users 40 Gbps bandwidth. This is coupled with a wide range of analogue and digital I/O, including SDI, HDMI, XLR, RS-422 and Timecode. And even better, it’ll work with Media Composer, FCP X and Premiere Pro.

The DNxIQ is larger because it supports more legacy connections: the DNxIV has no PCIe connectivity and doesn’t support SD, universal mastering or Resolve. It also does away with the LCD panel that was on the front of the DNxIQ.

However, it does have HDMI 2.ob connectivity, an audio breakout cable with eight I/O and reference input, enabling you to get 5.1 and 7.1 surround mixing right out of the box. It’s designed to be digital-centric and portable, rather than the all around workhorse that the DNxIQ is. To work out which is right for you, get in touch with our team on the details below.

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IBC 2017: Avid extends MediaCentral platform with next-generation media production suite

IBC 2017: Avid extends MediaCentral platform with next-generation media production suite

It’s a “groundbreaking modular platform design with innovative user experience delivers a full suite of applications, modules, services, and connectors to drive unprecedented scalability, extensibility, and efficiency,” according the the latest IBC press release. Here’s the news:

Avid, a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution, and monetisation of media assets for global media organisations, enterprise users, and individual creative professionals, today unveiled its next-generation media production suite extending from the Avid MediaCentral platform. MediaCentral scales from a team of two to an organisation of thousands, and gives news, sports, post-production, and live broadcast teams the power to create and deliver more content much more efficiently, and in shorter timeframes.

Built on the MediaCentral platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and extensible platform designed for media, the new MediaCentral production suite is completely customisable and modular, featuring a groundbreaking cloud-based user experience; workflow modules and apps for editorial, production, news, graphics, and asset management; and a wide array of media services and partner connectors. Every user is connected in a completely integrated workflow environment and gains a unified view into all their media—no matter where it’s located—on premises, in a private data center, or via the public cloud.

“MediaCentral continues to be a game changer for the industry,” said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Avid. “We’ve taken the technology in iNEWS and Interplay, refined over the past 20 years for the world’s biggest media organisations, and have put it all on the platform and moved it into the modern cloud era. What makes this huge is that now any media professional can access these tools. It doesn’t matter how big or small their teams are. They just select the apps they want, switch on the modules they need, and customise their workflow with a wide array of media services and partner connectors. And they have the option to deploy wherever they want—either on premises, in a data centre, in the cloud, or any hybrid combination. Nothing else comes close to the flexibility, efficiency, and agility MediaCentral delivers.”

Completely redesigned and intuitive user experience

MediaCentral now features the completely redesigned MediaCentral | Cloud UX (user experience), an easy-to-use and task-oriented graphical user interface that runs on virtually any operating system or mobile device, and is available to everyone connected to the platform, no matter where they are. Team members can easily collaborate with each other from wherever their work requires — in the same building, across town, or even on a different continent.

Full range of apps to power every part of the media workflow

MediaCentral offers a wide array of optional apps that provide all the capabilities required for high-efficiency media production, from searching and browsing media, researching data and social media feeds, logging, editing, review and approval, publishing and more — all accessed from within the MediaCentral | Cloud UX interface to provide a consistent and unified user experience. MediaCentral apps include:

MediaCentral | Browse Provides easy content navigation and viewing with a familiar web search approach; analysis and details of any asset type, including videos, audio clips, graphics, and documents; and quick forward and backward scrubbing through any clip, with the ability to play back clips anywhere inside the app.

MediaCentral | Search Facilitates powerful global search and filtering, enabling users to index and locate video, audio, graphics, and document content across multiple MediaCentral systems, basing searches on keywords, metadata, and other specified criteria. A powerful phonetic search option automatically indexes content, enabling users to locate relevant clips that contain a specific spoken word or phrase.

MediaCentral | Edit Lets users quickly create edited stories and shot lists, mark in and out points, perform basic editing, scrub through timelines, and add voiceovers right inside of MediaCentral. Users can access and edit projects and media from anywhere, using mobile and internet-connected devices.

MediaCentral | Publish Provides quick and easy one-stop publishing to a variety of OTT, VOD, and social media platforms simultaneously — including Facebook and Twitter — right from within the MediaCentral | Cloud UX web interface. Built-in tools accelerate the process with auto-fill templates, email notifications, and more.

MediaCentral | Research (coming soon) Enables users to monitor specific issues or stories on social communities such as Twitter or Facebook, and quickly integrate social posts or trends into their programming.

Powerful and configurable workflow modules

MediaCentral can be flexibly configured with any combination of workflow modules for basic editorial, production, newsroom, graphics, and asset management. Production teams can combine modules and integrate the apps and services that meet their specific production and workflow needs, with the flexibility to add modules in the future as creative or business needs dictate. MediaCentral workflow modules include:

MediaCentral | Editorial Management Robust and affordable file and workflow management for small to mid-sized creative teams, bringing unprecedented collaborative power, plus project and media sharing capabilities, to any size workflow.

MediaCentral | Production Management Advanced file and workflow management for mid-sized to large production teams, simplifying and accelerating media production workflows.

MediaCentral | Newsroom Management Complete story creation and rundown management for news teams, providing improved workflow efficiency and speed to break news across multiple broadcast and digital outlets.

MediaCentral | Graphics Management Next-generation graphics asset management for news and sports, delivering seamless workflow integration across the real-time graphics production environment.

MediaCentral | Asset Management Advanced media asset management for news, sports, and post-production teams that manages the entire content lifecycle, with easy asset browsing and retrieval across multiple tiers of storage for reuse or repurposing.

Comprehensive suite of media services

MediaCentral offers a comprehensive suite of media services that can be orchestrated to meet almost any workflow need — from content reformatting, distribution, social media integration, indexing, search, and content retrieval, to cognitive analytics and the latest advances in machine learning for deep insights into content performance. MediaCentral services include:

Orchestrate Provides a powerful process management service that can be customised to manage any workflow — from simple batch processing scripts, to the most complex workflows spanning systems, teams, and sites.

Content Transformation Automates file transfers and format conversions; enables users to browse and edit proxy files from any location, and apply edits to the original high-quality masters at any time. Also automates content ingest and output flows, minimising workflow bottlenecks and time-consuming media management tasks.

Audience Engagement Enables content creation teams to collect, filter, moderate, and integrate user-generated content alongside traditional programming.

Distribute Simplifies, streamlines, and unifies content distribution across diverse channels and devices, automating file preparation and transcoding in the background.

Cognitive Services Applies the latest machine-learning algorithms to content libraries, automatically indexing content to extract streams of time-based metadata. Allows highly complex searches to be executed in seconds, without time-consuming manual logging.

MediaCentral connectors integrate certified third-party solutions into the workflow

MediaCentral connectors enable easy and powerful integration of MediaCentral workflow modules with over 2,000 partner products from a growing list of more than 600 partners. The industry-leading openness of the MediaCentral platform ensures that creative teams and media organisations can easily integrate the solutions they choose from an array of vendors from the industry’s largest ecosystem, to customise their workflows exactly as they need them.

Next-generation platform engine

At the core of MediaCentral is the next-generation platform engine that delivers centralised administration and media indexing, simplified software deployment, and flexible infrastructure management with the ability to scale from creative teams of two people, to global media enterprises with thousands of distributed contributors.

Key capabilities enabled by the platform engine include:

Centralised system administration Provides a single central space where administrators switch modules and apps on and off, manage licensing, and designate user roles and permissions across the entire platform.

Centralised media index Allows users to easily access any media on the platform, regardless of where it resides. MediaCentral unifies the presentation of all assets in the system, so users can focus more time on creative tasks, without concern about whether an asset is in the archive, in a facility, or in the cloud.

Enterprise software deployment Automates software installation and updates, radically simplifying system deployment and configuration using a template-based approach. MediaCentral | Deploy makes it easy to benefit from the latest software updates without error-prone, time-consuming manual processes.

Flexible infrastructure management layer Enables administrators to dynamically scale resources and add new capabilities, optimising infrastructure elements such as storage, computing power, and bandwidth across an entire enterprise.

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IBC 2017: Avid leads the media industry forward with new cloud solutions

IBC 2017: Avid leads the media industry forward with new cloud solutions

New Avid cloud offerings and certified solutions for Azure deliver on Avid’s promise to help media professionals navigate the media cloud era with unprecedented workflow efficiency and flexibility.

Avid a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution, and monetisation of media assets for global media organisations, enterprise users, and individual creative professionals, today announced new cloud offerings and new solutions certified to run on Microsoft Azure that will enable media production organisations and professionals to work with greater efficiency and collaboration, and prepare them for the future of the media cloud era.

“At NAB 2017, we unveiled our vision for bringing Avid into the cloud along with a comprehensive partnership with Microsoft as our preferred cloud provider,” said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Avid. “Since then, the reaction from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive. This really is the beginning of the cloud era for our industry. We’re excited to help our clients successfully navigate their own journey to the cloud, with the first of many new cloud offerings from Avid launching today at IBC. Whether customers choose to deploy in the data center or the public cloud, Avid’s unique platform approach delivers unparalleled workflow efficiency and flexibility across the entire spectrum of media production.”

Avid’s new cloud-based apps and service offerings announced at IBC 2017 include:

MediaCentral | Cloud UX For teams of two to teams of thousands, the completely redesigned MediaCentral | Cloud UX (user experience) is an easy-to-use and task-oriented graphical user interface that runs on virtually any operating system or mobile device, and is available to everyone connected to the platform. Team members can easily collaborate with each other from wherever they are—in the same building, across town, or even on a different continent.

MediaCentral | Panel for Media Composer Provides an integrated MediaCentral | Cloud UX panel within the Media Composer user interface, enabling users to drag and drop content from MediaCentral directly into any Media Composer project, bin, or sequence.

Media Composer | Cloud VM Enables anyone in a facility to access Media Composer software virtually using a lightweight workstation, laptop, or tablet with a high-speed network connection. Media Composer | Cloud VM provides the full Media Composer editing experience to multiple clients from a single server on premises.

Media Composer | Cloud Remote Enables users running Media Composer on their workstation or laptop to mix local and remote content in the same timeline—no matter where they are located. Media Composer | Cloud Remote provides users the best of both worlds—access to browse and stream any content from MediaCentral into Media Composer, as well as access to media that is stored locally. Local content can be automatically uploaded to MediaCentral in the background so publishing the finished program is virtually instantaneous.

Sibelius | Cloud Sharing A groundbreaking service that enables composers to share music scores to their own personal cloud space, embed scores in a webpage, and invite anyone to flip through pages and play compositions using any computer, laptop, or mobile device. Sibelius | Cloud Sharing is ideal for previewing and reviewing musical works in the studio, in the classroom, or on a stage.

Following on the historic partnership announcement earlier in 2017, Avid and Microsoft are showcasing a series of tangible, valuable results by making the industry’s most open, tightly integrated platform for media available in the cloud with flexible licensing and deployment options:

MediaCentral Archive for Azure Now certified to run on Microsoft Azure, the MediaCentral-based media asset management system can be configured to deliver cloud based archive for news and post-production teams, managing the entire content lifecycle, with easy asset browsing and retrieval across multiple tiers of storage for reuse or repurposing.

MediaCentral Newsroom for Azure Now certified to run on Microsoft Azure, the MediaCentral-based newsroom system can be configured to deliver complete story creation and rundown management in the cloud for news teams, providing improved workflow efficiency and speed to break news across multiple broadcast and digital outlets.

Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, Pro Tools | HD, and Pro Tools | First This innovative cloud-powered service enables artists to easily share tracks and work on projects with anyone, anywhere—and is now offered as an as-a-service offering hosted on Microsoft Azure.

Avid is demonstrating integrated Microsoft Cognitive Services at IBC 2017 (Hall 7, Booth #J20) that apply the latest machine-learning algorithms to content libraries, automatically indexing content to extract streams of time-based metadata. This integration allows for highly complex searches to be executed in seconds, enabling faster content discovery for any MediaCentral user.

IBC 2017: Avid accelerates UHD/4K production and move to IP with new generation video server family

IBC 2017: Avid accelerates UHD/4K production and move to IP with new generation video server family

Avid have announced the new Avid FastServe family of video servers. Building on the rich heritage of industry-leading AirSpeed and PlayMaker video servers, Avid’s new generation of video servers are tightly integrated into the Avid MediaCentral platform as part of the industry’s most comprehensive UHD/4K workflows.

The FastServe family of video servers features a unified modular architecture that supports UHD and IP I/O to enable ultra-fast ingest, turnaround, and playout in broadcast, news, sports, and other types of live productions. FastServe servers also support higher channel counts per video server, which means a lower overall cost-per-channel and a smaller footprint, requiring less cooling and power.

“Due to the increasing rate of content creation for sports, news, and live event production, professionals need to encode, edit, and distribute more content to more outlets in higher resolutions,” said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Avid. “The new FastServe video servers have increased the number of channels per server and are tightly integrated with Avid NEXIS storage, MediaCentral, and Media Composer for end-to-end 4K aggregation, production, and delivery at a lower cost.”

The FastServe family

The FastServe family includes FastServe | Ingest, FastServe | Live Edit, and FastServe | Playout, and delivers a broad array of capabilities from ingest to playout:

FastServe | Ingest allows broadcast teams to capture HD and UHD content in pristine Avid DNxHR® format directly to Avid NEXIS storage via a 10GbE connection. This allows quick access to assets across the organization through the MediaCentral platform and to Media Composer, enabling editing during ingest, while decreasing the time to air for delivery of sports and news content.

FastServe | Live Edit provides news and sports broadcasters with a turnkey solution for ultra-fast turnaround of incoming feeds. FastServe | Live Edit incorporates ingest, editing, and playout within the same 3U chassis, making it the most robust fast-turnaround tool for live environments.

FastServe | Playout is a file-based ingest and playback server for video clips, images, and motion graphics controlled from a single user interface. Tightly integrated with MediaCentral, FastServe | Playout can accommodate different production needs, including enabling operators to search indexed content on MediaCentral, and drag and drop it into the video server. It is also deeply integrated into MediaCentral | Newsroom Management for lightning-fast turnaround, and it allows playback of media directly from Avid NEXIS without copying the content to local storage first.

With new generation features like support for 1080p and UHD resolutions, and IP I/O, broadcasters can easily manage scheduled ingest, live acquisition, and play-to-air demands, while automating near instantaneous ingest to playback turnaround. When paired with MediaCentral, FastServe video servers accelerate end-to-end 4K sports, newsroom, and entertainment production for in-studio and outside broadcast workflows by orchestrating the ingest and delivery of content into Avid NEXIS storage. This enables instant access across the organization without requiring additional hardware.

Each FastServe video server supports up to eight flexibly configured HD channels including 1080p, or up to four UHD channels, lowering the cost per channel while maximizing efficiency. FastServe supports a wide range of native formats, including Avid DNxHD, Avid DNxHR, and XDCAM HD. FastServe video servers work with legacy Avid Interplay and iNEWS® systems as well as the new MediaCentral.

Availability

FastServe | Ingest and FastServe | Live Edit video servers start shipping in Q4 2017, and the FastServe | Playout will be coming in 2018.

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IBC 2017: Avid unveils next gen post-production workflow solutions based on MediaCentral

IBC 2017: Avid unveils next gen post-production workflow solutions based on MediaCentral

Avid have introduced new MediaCentral solutions for post production. Integrating industry-leading Media Composer video editing software with a new cutting-edge collaborative asset management module, new video I/O hardware and Avid NEXIS software-defined storage, MediaCentral for Post is a scalable solution for small and mid-sized creative teams to enhance collaboration and deliver their best work faster, as well as working more efficiently with 4K and other demanding formats.

“The world’s most successful editors and media organisations have relied on Avid for nearly three decades to deliver the film and television programming we all know and love — and the continuous feedback from our user community has culminated in the next generation MediaCentral production suite,” said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Avid.

“While others have mimicked our feature set over the years, we’ve taken the entire end-to-end post production workflow to a new level with MediaCentral for Post — with integrated storage, editing, I/O acceleration, and media management. And, it’s not just for large organisations. We’re making the power of MediaCentral available to everyone — from small editorial teams, to global media organisations.”

MediaCentral solutions for post production integrate Media Composer, Avid NEXIS, and MediaCentral | Editorial Management—a new media asset management tool that enables everyone in a creative organisation to collaborate in secure, reliable, and simply configured media workflows from a web browser. Customers can easily scale the number of seats as needed, as well as add incremental media services and modules to grow their capabilities when the work demands it. MediaCentral solutions for post integrate Avid’s industry-leading products in a single open platform, including:

MediaCentral | Editorial Management: Robust file and workflow management for small to mid-sized creative teams
MediaCentral | Editorial Management gives a commanding view into an entire organisation’s media assets. Without needing a non-linear editor, assistants and producers can ingest files, create bins, add locators and metadata, create subclips, and perform other asset management tasks — all from a simple browser interface. Users can collaborate using the new MediaCentral | Panel for Media Composer, which provides direct access to MediaCentral content right in the Media Composer interface.

MediaCentral | Cloud UX: Easily collaborate anywhere
The completely redesigned MediaCentral | Cloud UX (user experience), is an easy-to-use and task-oriented graphical user interface that runs on any operating system or mobile device, and is available to everyone connected to the platform. Creative team members can easily collaborate with each other from wherever they are — in the same building, across town, or even on a different continent.

Avid Artist | DNxIV: Complete 4K I/O solution in a portable and affordable configuration
The new Avid Artist | DNxIV video interface offers a wide range of analog and digital I/O to plug into today’s diverse media productions, working with a broad spectrum of professional Avid and third-party video editing, audio, visual effects, and graphics software.

MediaCentral | Panel for Media Composer: Add powerful search capabilities to the Media Composer interface
Provides an integrated MediaCentral panel within the Media Composer user interface, enabling users to not only see media outside of their active project, but also drag and drop assets from MediaCentral directly into any Media Composer project, bin, or sequence.

Avid NEXIS innovations: Introducing new Avid NEXIS | PRO and Avid NEXIS | E2 hardware options
Avid NEXIS | PRO can now be scaled to 160 TB—twice its previous capacity — giving small post facilities the ease of use, security, and performance advantages enjoyed by larger Avid NEXIS customers. Additionally, Avid NEXIS | E2 now supports SSD drives to deliver the extreme performance required when working with multiple streams of ultra-high-resolution media in real time.

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IBC 2017: Sony announces a new generation DWX Series digital wireless microphone system with 1.2ms latency

IBC 2017: Sony announces a new generation DWX Series digital wireless microphone system with 1.2ms latency

At IBC 2017, Sony is announcing a new generation digital wireless microphone system to meet the demands for theatres and live applications. The latest DWX series provides high-quality sound with low audio latency of 1.2ms, reliable operation by using a high dynamic range RF circuit and four diversity antenna operation, and supports Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. 

Since its debut in 2008, Sony’s innovative DWX series has been widely adopted to streamline workflows for multiple applications including live events, news gathering, theatres, field production, broadcast studios, as well as sound recording. Successfully deployed at various field operations with positive customer case studies, the digital wireless microphone system seamlessly brings world-leading analogue microphone and wireless audio transmission technologies into the digital domain.

Building on the DWX-N series, the new third generation system includes the DWT-B03R digital wireless transmitter, the DWR-R03D digital wireless receiver, the BC-DWX1 battery charger and the ECM-77LM electret condenser microphone.

DWT-B03R The small, lightweight and sweat-proof bodypack transmitter is ideal for theatre, drama and movie production. It offers a remarkably low audio latency of 1.2ms, with 148MHz wideband operation. It utilises a rechargeable Li-ion battery that equips users with many hours of battery operation time.

DWR-R03D The 1U wideband two channel rackmount receiver is equipped with Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. It supports redundancy and headphone monitoring, as well as multi-channel network audio. Accompanied with a high dynamic range RF circuit that has excellent input characteristics for great receiving performance, and four diversity antenna operation, the digital wireless receiver achieves reliable transmission stability. Wireless Studio software is compatible with DWR-R03D and BC-DWX1.

BC-DWX1 The battery charger for DWT-B03R and NP-BX1 is equipped with PoE (Power over Ethernet) capabilities. Users can monitor the charging status via PC software, and can also charge up to two bodypacks or two batteries at one time. The interlocking mechanism allows easy integration for storage and transportation.

ECM-77LM The new addition ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone now utilises the small three-pin connector. It provides a wide frequency response, high sensitivity, and low-noise characteristics.

The new generation digital wireless microphone system is scheduled for release from spring 2018. Sony will be exhibiting at IBC, stand 13.A10, RAI Amsterdam from 15 to 19 September.

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IBC 2017: Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera

IBC 2017: Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera

Sony today unveiled the UHC-8300, its first 8K camera system to include 1.25-inch three 8K sensors, which will be demonstrated at the Sony stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017 for the first time globally. It opens up the world of 8K with the flexibility to offer customers new capturing technology for shooting in 4K and more.

“At Sony, we’re always finding new ways to empower amazing storytelling and to help our customers meet the demand for stunning 4K capture,” said Richard Scott, Head of Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The unveiling today of the 8K sensor technology offers the capability to capture for 4K production and is a leap forward in imaging technology that will give media companies such flexibility when shooting 4K productions today.”

The UHC-8300 has been designed to cover all the features necessary for premium productions including live broadcasts, entertainment and factual high end documentaries. Its 8K (7680 x 4320) 120p capturing format delivers well balanced high-resolution footage with an impressive deep depth of field and wide dynamic range, making it suitable for HDR footage for both S-Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) supporting ITU-R BT.2020 colour space.

The UHC-8300 camera system can be used not only for 8K production, but also for 4K. It’s able to generate 8K, 4K and HD signal outputs simultaneously applying different colour spaces and OETF to each signal. Simultaneous output of 8K HDR, 4K HDR and HD SDR signals is also possible. Accessories for the HDC series cameras, such as the viewfinders and the remote-control panels are also compatible with the UHC-8300.

Real time cut outs from an 8K picture to a 4K image provides flexible framing when capturing live action, facilitating creative enhancing features leading to better programme production.

The original lens mount is a 1.25-inch lens mount, but the UHC-8300 can also accommodate B4 mount 4K lenses with a lens adaptor. Media companies are able to choose applicable 4K lenses to ensure they are capturing every drop of action, particularly for live sports production which requires high power zoom lenses.

The 8K signal is transmitted via SDI, however the UHC-8300 also supports IP connectivity, ready for today’s IP-enabled live production system.

Sony developed the UHC-8300 camera system with customer input on the product specification given by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s public broadcaster.

“This camera is all about giving our customers complete choice,” concluded Richard Scott. “So they have the capability to capture and deliver content with the resolution and range that’s right for each production.”

The UHC-8300 will be ready for orders to be placed from October, 2017.

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IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

Sony have kicked off IBC by announcing two new small form factor cameras, the PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80. Both offer 273-point phase detection autofocus and an instant HDR workflow, thanks to HLG and BT.2020 support. 

The Z90 has a 1.0 type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with aforementioned 273-point autofocus sensor, designed to give you faster Hybrid Auto Focus. It can shoot up to 960 fps super slow motion, or up to 120 fps in HFR mode for high speed recording. You can also shoot up to 120 fps in Slow & Quick Mode, and proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are all supported in order to give you the most flexible shooting workflow possible.

As well as HGL and BT.2020, it supports S-Log2 and S-Log3, and has 3G SDI and HDMI Type A outputs. You can also stream your footage as part of Sony’s XDCAM Air workflow. Time Code and User Bit are both supported, so the cameras can easily be integrated into multi-camera environments.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot,” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”

The Z90 will be joining us in December, and has a predicted price of €2900.

The NX80 is very similar, but you trade that SDI port for USTREAM support, and its predicted to cost €2350.

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IBC 2017: Sony announce support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD

IBC 2017: Sony announce support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD

Sony will support the SMPTE ST 2095 and 2022-7 media transports over IP, the company has revealed at its IBC press conference. 

It’ll also be adding support for the AMWA NMOS Device Discovery and Registration standards (NMOS IS-O4). The existing XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 4K/IP ready video switchers will get support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD in their version 2.6 firmware upgrade.

They’ll be joined by a new 1.5U camera control unit, currently under development, which will work with HSC series cameras, and support full SMPTE ST 2110 in HD transmission. From the press release:

“Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven flexibility. Sony is dedicated to contributing to and promoting standardisation to make sure our customers can be confident all the technology in their IP Live workflows will work seamlessly together,” said Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management at Sony Professional Europe. “That’s why we’re announcing today that we already have SMPTE ST 2110 compliant products in the pipeline, and are working closely with AMWA to support the NMOS IS-04 Device Discovery and Registration API, and NMOS-IS-05 Connection Management API. This all means our customers can truly build systems that are ready today and open for tomorrow.”

A technological exhibition of Audio Intercom for a brand new Camera Control Unit (CCU) currently under development will be demonstrated for the first time at IBC 2017. This exhibition will support SMPTE ST 2110 in HD with IP video transmission and return. The new CCU will be compatible with HDC and HSC camera series. It will support a wide range of formats, including 1080P, and a versatile selection of legacy inputs and outputs including 3G-SDI and 1.5G –SDI. The CCU is highly compact, with a 1.5 rack mount size, making it ideal for space-limited production areas. This new CCU is being developed with a target of being available from April 2018.

The Sony XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 4K/IP Ready video switchers that sit at the heart of IP Live production operations will support SMPTE ST 2110 in HD with a v2.6 firmware update. The XVS series switchers deliver flexibility with a mix of SDI and IP, and highly configurable control panels to suit different types of operation. Combined with the resource-sharing capabilities of the XVS series, this will enable customers to build more flexible production architectures. The firmware update will be available to customers from April 2018.

All SMPTE ST 2110 compliant products will be on show at stand 13.A10, where Sony will also be showcasing its end-to-end IP Live production offering with a number of:

• REMote Integration (REMI):Sony will showcase how IP Live enables more efficient use of resources and faster turnaround times between productions. The demonstration will connect a host production facility (camera set and production gallery) at the Sony booth in Amsterdam to the Level3 Data Centre in London, where the processing resources are located, including all switchers and servers

• Remote Production over a limited bandwidth connection: Sony will collaborate with Suitcase.tv to showcase a solution for remote production using its IP Live Production system over a 1GbE network link

Sony is also appearing at the IP Showcase, hosted jointly by AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF. The showcase will see more than 40 vendors working together to demonstrate real-world IP interoperability based on SMPTE ST 2110 final draft standards and AMWA NMOS IS-O4 specifications. Sony’s cameras, switchers, converters and Registration Discovery Service (RDS) application will all be demonstrated as part of the exhibit. Visitors will be able to speak to Sony about the successful interoperability tests it has undertaken alongside other vendors present at the event.

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IBC 2017: Panasonic announce new live mixer and 360 degree camera

IBC 2017: Panasonic announce new live mixer and 360 degree camera

Panasonic’s IBC offering are focused on live streaming and broadcast, with the announcement of a new “live streaming production centre”, the AV-HLC100, and a 360 degree 4K live camera. Let’s do the HLC100 first. 

Panasonic AV-HLC100

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Panasonic have designed the AV-HLC100 for environments where there are very few operators. It combines an ME switcher, a PTZ camera controller and an audio mixer into a single unit, so you can have one person handling everything from shooting to transmission – ideal for conferences, sports events and live streaming setups. It’ll even record a copy of your stream at the same time as transmitting it.

The HLC100 supports up to eight cameras, and allows you to mix embedded, line-input and mic-input audio with your video streams. It can accept four SDI inputs (or three SDI and one HDMI) and eight network ones, and is compatible with NewTek’s NDI technology to support IP workflows. It also supports RTMP, for direct transmission to popular live platforms like YouTube Live.

AW-360C10 and AW-360B10

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The C is for camera and the B is for base unit, just to clear up any confusion on that score. The four synchronised Cs record uncompressed 4K (3840 x 1920) in a 2:1 equirectangular format, with built-in white balance and exposer tools ensuring consistency across the four images, and an active stitching tool that constantly shifts the stitch site so that the subject of your shot never gets lost in the fold.

These cameras generate 4K/30p video at low latency to enable live transmission (Panasonic have included a few other physical features to help live transmission too, such as lockable HDMI covers to stop one camera being unexpectedly removed mid-broadcast). You can control your cameras from a PC over a network connection, or from an iPad over a WiFi connection.

Availability

We’re still waiting on an official drop date, but Panasonic promise both the AV-HLC100 and AW-360C10 will both arrive this quarter.

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