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.

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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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IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

Sony have released updates for several monitors at IBC, including improved brightness and colour performance for many monitors.

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The X550 monitor is the first to get an update, with Sony adding a High Brightness Mode. The X550’s HDR Peak Luminance will be over 160% higher after the upgrade – that’s over 600 nits – and the accuracy of brightness and saturation will be controlled by Sony’s own 12-bit engine for OLED, already in use in its BVM series monitors.

Users can expect to see better black performance, too, and enjoy a new quad view display mode that allows for different ETOF and colour gamut settings in each quadrant.

PVM-A and LMD-A Series version 2.0

In answer to the rising demand for 4K content and associated workflows, Sony are upgrading their PVM-A and LMD-A series monitors to a wider colour gamut, for more accurate colour reproduction that more fully utilises the displays’ graphics capabilities. Post-update, the monitors will support the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space and be able to accept Quad-link 2SI 3G-SDI signals. It will also allow the monitors to offer DCI-P3, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and Adobe RGB. They will have consistent colour reproduction to the BVM-X300 reference monitor.

The updates also adds new functions to support live event and shooting workflows, including audio muting, false colour for faster exposure checks, sync-free side-by-side (the ability to monitor two pictures at once without syncing) and flexible area markers that allow you to create unique screen layouts (for example, if you need to show footage of a product and its cmmercial data in footage for a shopping channel).

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BVM-E171 users will have the option to buy a HDR licence for their monitor. Available now, with European pricing at €3400, the licence would give the BVM-E171 support for EOTF 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 CRT, S-Log3 (HDR), S-Log3 (Live HDR), S-Log2 (HDR), ITU-R BT.2100 (HLG), SMPTE ST2084 and 2.4 (HDR).

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IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

PXW-Z450 users, there’s new firmware coming your way. Granted, it’s not due until December, but in three short months you’ll be the proud owner of a camera with far better HDR, 4K and audio support. 

Sony are really pushing to get their lineup HDR-friendly, and the Z450 receives support for Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 recording and output, and support for the BT.2020 colour space. You’ll also be able to record 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneously to one card, and record HDR with BT-709 for an SDI output.

While you’re shooting in HLG or S-Log3, your viewfinder will display your image using the BT.709 colour space.

4K shooters will get Slow & Quick mode to play with (you can record up t 60 fps in it) and XAVC-L cache recording for your 4K footage, and a 4K resolution Focus Mag option.

Updates on the audio side are largely practical, with improved support for Power Save Mode being the headline. It’ll be available on your assignable keys, will sync with power off, and can even be used to control the power level of some belt transmitters. You’ll also see the power save status on the viewfinder when said mode is enabled.

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IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

Sony have announced a major update to their SR Live workflow at IBC, with new features including S-Log3 and Hybrid Log-Gamma support. 

The new update is being demonstrated live on the Sony stand at IBC (you can’t miss it – it takes up half of Hall 13). There are two main changes to SR Live: S-Log3 support and the introduction of HLG Live.

SR live now supports S-Log3 HDR production, with conversion to ITU-R Bt.2100 (PQ or HLG) for HDR delivery, conversion to ITU-R BT.709 for SDR delivery.

SR Live will also support an end to end Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) workflow called HLG Live, which will include simultaneous HDR and SDR delivery.

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IBC 2017: AJA debut openGear 3G-SDI multi-mode Fiber cards

IBC 2017: AJA debut openGear 3G-SDI multi-mode Fiber cards

AJA Video Systems announced today that it has added new 3G-SDI Multi-Mode fiber extender cards to its line of openGear compatible video and audio rack cards for use in openGear frames and AJA’s OG-3 2RU frame. openGear is Ross Video’s open architecture, modular frame system supported by a diverse range of equipment manufacturers.

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The new openGear Multi-Mode cards facilitate affordable and flexible optical transmission and reception, and include:

– OG-FIBER-TR-MM transceiver.
– OG-FIBER-T-MM transmitter.
– OG-FIBER-R-MM receiver.
– OG-FIBER-2T-MM dual channel transmitter.
– OG-FIBER-2R-MM dual channel receiver.

“We’ve seen a growing demand for our line of openGear compatible cards since their initial release, with customers appreciating the density and reliability of the openGear platform,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “These new cards enable fiber optic cable runs with cost effective and flexible Multi-Mode cabling.”

Pricing and availbility

New openGear Multi-Mode cards will be available October 2017 for the following US MSRPs: OG-FIBER-TR-MM: $890; OG-FIBER-T-MM: $690; OG-FIBER-R-MM: $690; OG-FIBER-2T-MM; $890; and OG-FIBER-2R-MM: $890.

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AJA announces HDR 10+ SDK support for KONA 4, Io 4K, Io 4K Plus and Corvid 4K developer cards

AJA announces HDR 10+ SDK support for KONA 4, Io 4K, Io 4K Plus and Corvid 4K developer cards

AJA Video Systems today announced support for HDR 10+ in the developer SDK for the company’s award-winning video and audio I/O products that support 4K workflows. This new development will be demonstrated at IBC with pre-release SDK software supporting the dynamic metadata that HDR 10+ delivers.

“With dynamic metadata, picture quality can be adjusted scene-by-scene, and the image quality is stunning,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’re very excited about offering HDR 10+ support as part of our SDK available to developer partners, ensuring our partners can bring all the latest tools for HDR production to users as fast as possible.”

HDR 10+ builds from HDR 10, adding dynamic metadata and more, allowing for scene by scene or even shot by shot variation. The standard allows for recognizing a display’s color space and more.

Key features:

– SMPTE 2094-40 Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transforms (DMCVT).
– Colour transforms optimized for each scene and each display.
– Metadata tracks carry supplementary color grading information.
– Minimum signal interface: HDMI 2.0a.
– Playback color representation BT.2020 or BT. 709 dependent on display.
– Playback transfer function: ST 2084.
– Playback bit depth: 10-bit.
– Open standard.

OEM partners and developers are encouraged to sign up for AJA’s developer program for access to AJA’s SDK package. HDR 10+ support is currently a feature within the beta SDK for products that include KONA 4, Io 4K and the new Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled Io 4K Plus with 4K support. The beta SDK will be made available to qualifying applicants; requests can be submitted here.

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IBC 2017: AJA debuts Ki Pro Ultra Plus firmware v2.0 with HLG and HDR 10 support

IBC 2017: AJA debuts Ki Pro Ultra Plus firmware v2.0 with HLG and HDR 10 support

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new v2.0 firmware for the Ki Pro Ultra Plus multi-channel HD recorder and 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recorder and player. The new update enables the latest HDR formats with HLG and HDR10 playback, and adds support for recording and playing ProRes 4444 XQ up to 2K60p, among several other feature enhancements.

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“The new v2.0 firmware for Ki Pro Ultra Plus is an extension of our commitment to providing customers with updates that keep pace with the latest workflows. With this update, users can quickly and easily play back HDR10 and HLG material for viewing on HDMI 2.0 compatible displays, record/playback ProRes 4444 XQ and much more,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Pricing and Availability

Ki Pro Ultra Plus v2.0 firmware will be available next month as a free download from AJA’s website. Ki Pro Ultra Plus is now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $3995.

About Ki Pro Ultra Plus

Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a multi-channel recorder offering 2, 3 or 4-Channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, or in single channel mode, 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording and playback, with full HDMI 2.0 input and output (up to 12-bit capture and output). Housed in a 2RU half rack, it offers extensive I/O flexibility and a range of connectivity options from 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 and fiber. Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures pristine 4K/UltraHD and HD video to standard production codecs including Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD MXF. Channels can be displayed on Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ LCD screen as a quad-split during capture for confidence monitoring, which can also be output over HDMI, SDI, fiber and the device’s web-based UI.

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IBC 2017: AJA introduces new FiDO 12G SDI/optical Fiber mini-converters

IBC 2017: AJA introduces new FiDO 12G SDI/optical Fiber mini-converters

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems unveiled a new line of FiDO 12G to Fiber/Fiber to 12G Mini-Converters. New price reductions have also been announced for the Hi5-4K-Plus (3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0) and 3GM (3G/1.5G Mux/DeMux) Mini-Converters, bringing the costs down from $695 to $595, and $795 to $495 respectively.

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AJA’s new FiDO converters support the transport of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video and audio over long distances (up to 10km) over one optical cable. The new 12G-SDI models are:

– FiDO-TR-12G transceiver.
– FiDO-T-12G single-channel transmitter.
– FiDO-R-12G single-channel receiver.
– FiDO-2T-12G dual-channel transmitter.
– FiDO-2R-12G dual-channel receiver.

An extension of AJA’s FiDO (Fiber Digital Optical) family of SDI/Optical Fiber converters, the new transceiver, transmitters and receivers meet relevant SMPTE specifications, and are built with a compact enclosure to fit seamlessly into racks, OB trucks or studios.

“With the latest HDR and 4K/UltraHD workflows, we wanted to deliver new 12G-SDI converters that offer the advanced speed and flexibility of 12G in the robust, rugged form factor our Minis are known for,” shared Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Our 12G FiDO models provide reliable solutions for broadcast, production, post and ProAV professionals.”

Pricing and availability

FiDO-TR-12G, FiDO-2T-12G and FiDO-2R-12G will be available Autumn 2017 through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $1,325 each, and FiDO-T-12G and FiDO-R-12G will be available for a US MSRP of $785 each in Autumn 2017. All are available for pre-order today.

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IBC 2017: AJA announces desktop software v14 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products

IBC 2017: AJA announces desktop software v14 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products

AJA Video Systems today announced new Desktop Software v14 for its family of KONA, Io and T-TAP products. Desktop Software v14 adds new features that simplify 4K/UltraHD and HDR workflows, as well as new audio capabilities for individuals working in broadcast, TV, film, post-production, ProAV and OTT.

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With the new capabilities for audio, the AJA Desktop Software allows Adobe Premiere Pro CC users to review and play audio files from multiple locations, including locally stored files, or via a MAM or web browser, within project timelines. The solution also makes it easier to record voiceovers into existing media directly on the Timeline. The solution allows Adobe Creative Cloud users to use Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C for video and audio I/O with leading macOS and PC workstations and laptops.

“Having an easy way to record voiceovers into the timeline is more relevant than ever before with the fast pace of today’s production demands,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Desktop Software v14 introduces features that make it much easier for editors in any medium to bring flexible audio options into their workflows.”

“We’re pleased to see AJA continue to innovate as the digital postproduction toolset evolves,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “Tight integration with the Adobe video apps expedites workflows and allows users to stay ahead.”

Desktop Software v14 will be available mid-October 2017 for AJA’s family of KONA, T-TAP and Io products, including the new Thunderbolt 3 enabled Io 4K Plus. New audio features enable simple, adjustable audio monitoring, giving editors new levels of control between professional timeline audio, host system application audio and microphone inputs. This update also supports full duplex, ultra-low latency voiceover/audio punch-in to timeline using either digital or analog audio inputs. AJA’s Control Panel and Control Room software also now support intuitive configurations for 12G, 6G and HDMI when used with Io 4K Plus.

Desktop v14 feature highlights include

– New audio controls to adjust the monitoring mix between the NLE timeline audio playback, host system audio and voiceover/punch-in mic input.

– Ability to audition music or other audio from a web browser/MAM/cloud, while listening to playback from an Adobe Premiere Pro CC or FCP X timeline.

– Record voiceovers to timeline with low latency, full duplex audio punch-in with Io 4K Plus, Io 4K and KONA 4 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer.

– 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O configuration controls for Io 4K Plus.

Pricing and availability

Desktop Software v14 will be available mid-October as a free download from AJA’s website.

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