IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime Support, IP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors.

The HDC-P43; a 4K point-of-view from any angle

The HDC-P43 is Sony’s new, unique camera ready for 4K HDR and HFR shooting. A 4K point-of-view camera, the HDC-P43 is based on the HDC-4300 platform, with a light and compact body as well as low power consumption.

The HDC-P43 supports a variety of applications and greatly expands 4K shooting capabilities for production teams: it can be used as large studio camera systems, including the PMW-F55 and CA4000, as stand-alone 4K camera for setup in limited space, as well as for shooting on a crane and shooting overhead views of hall and event venue. The HDC-P43 is also highly configurable using optional software licenses. Licenses are available for 4K and HFR capture, allowing for a customizable solution for HD, 4K, HDR, and HFR live productions

4K/HD PTZ remote cameras

The new BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 provide impressive picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise. 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

Interchangeable lens E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm/APS-C lens with power zoom capability

The latest addition to α interchangeable lens line-up is an ideal companion to α Mount System cameras, from PXW-FS7 professional camcorders to α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras offering 18mm to 110mm (27mm to 165mm in 35mm format) standard zoom range and greater operability. It benefits from Sony’s Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design developed to eliminate unwanted image shifts during movie shooting like focus shift and axial shift during zooming, and focus breathing as well.

Professional Master monitors for HD production

Sony’s recently announced BVM-E171 (17-inch) and BVM-E251 (25-inch) TRIMASTER ELTM OLED Master Monitors support ITU-R BT.2020 colour space, the broadcasting standard for Ultra HD, for accurate colour reproduction. To eliminate possible flicker especially in case that low frequency signal is displayed (24p, 24PsF 50i and so on), the BVM-E171 and BVM-E251 are equipped with flicker-free mode

Professional audio

Sony has introduced new ENG models in the DWX-N series, the DWR-S02DN dual channel slot-in receiver and the DWT-P01N plug-on transmitter. In addition to current codec mode one, mode two (high sound quality with low latency) and mode three (more reliable RF transmission) will be added. Also, a new configuration menu for XDCAM Shoulder Camcorders will add wireless audio features such as remote control of transmitter’s RF output power and a power save setting.

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IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping the field of media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016.

Sony’s announcements at IBC explore how its innovations in the fields of image, IP and media workflow are helping broadcasters rethink the ways audiences and production teams alike engage and interact with creators and their content. Sony also showcased how its ‘Beyond Definition’ vision and rich technology heritage serve as the foundation for exciting new consumer experiences and a range of business opportunities for media organisations.

“Sony is committed to exceeding our customer expectations” said Adam Fry, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The Image, IP and Workflow innovations we’re demonstrating at IBC show how we’re continuously reshaping our technology and services to exceed the demands of the ever-changing media industry. From sensors to full blown Media Operations Management,” continued Adam Fry, “Sony is continuing its mission to unleash the incredible power of images, through innovative technologies and with great people.”

End to end production workflow for HDR and SDR production

Creating lifelike images involves more than just resolution: content creators familiar with the production of higher resolution 4K images are now turning to areas such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve the viewer experience even further and create more long term asset value. Throughout IBC Sony will present the benefits of an end-to-end HDR production workflow across different production needs including, live sports production and program production:

4K Live sports: HDR is a game changer

Sony is introducing the HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit that fills in a missing piece of 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous live production workflow. Based on Sony’s recommended S-Log3 and BT.2020 production workflow in 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, colour space, HDR/SDR and resolution), including conventional HD content production, and video signals apart from S-Log3 (Hybrid Log Gamma, ST.2084) without compromising picture quality.

It eliminates the need for independent workflows for HDR and SDR on the same event and saving a production time and money. This innovative end-to-end workflow solution for 4K HDR Live Production is introduced as “SR Live for HDR”. This enables broadcasters to enjoy outstanding HDR image production as well as conventional 4K SDR and HD production.

4K Program production: XAVC allows excellent HDR capture in S-Log3

The version eight firmware update for F55 and F5 (PMW-F5 requires CBKZ-55FX installed) enables support for XAVC 4K Class 480 recording, enabling a higher bit rate, and capture of excellent HDR in S-Log3. XAVC allows for reviewing of images captures immediately after shooting on-site, making it ideal for HDR production of documentaries and natural history programmes.

4K OLED Monitor for HDR production

Sony has two 4K OLED monitors capable for HDR production. Both are high performance TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors providing professional quality black performance, colour reproduction, quick pixel response, and accurate signal processing. They also support high dynamic range mode and a wide colour gamut conforming to DCI-P3 and most of the ITU-R BT.2020 Recommendation.

BVM-X300, an award-winning 30-inch 4K OLED Master monitor, the flagship model in its professional monitor line-up will feature updated Version 2 firmware including additional HDR EOTF and function support, a new hardware with an HDMI input for easy connection to cameras or Blu-ray players, and a second 3G/HD-SDI 4K input for simpler system integration.

The PVM-X550, 55-inch 4K OLED picture monitor offers a large 3840 x 2160 pixels high-grade picture for critical monitoring performance. A Quad view display mode allows individual picture settings for each display quadrant.

Enhancing solutions for an IP Live system that is ready today, open for tomorrow

Sony further demonstrated its commitment to leading an industry-wide shift to interoperable IP. A core part of Sony’s strategy is its commitment to deliver fully interoperable solutions & systems that are ready to implement today, using current available standards while remaining open to upcoming future standards.

Sony has played a strong role in the industry since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the Networked Media Interface framework.

Sony’s persistent advances support of open protocols is what cements Sony’s place as a technology innovator and leader in interoperability. Sony has disclosed technical specification of related NMI technology components to the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD): Essence Independent Mapping (RDD40), LLVC (RDD34) & NDCP (RDD38).

Working together to lead the industry towards interoperability, the expansion of the IP Live Alliance includes the addition of four new members: Asaca Corporation, ASTRODESIGN,Inc. , Lambda Systems Inc. and Studer by Harman.

Sony also introduced several new products that are built around its Network Media Interface (NMI):

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio.

NXL-IP4F, an SDI-IP Converter Unit ideal for 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System.

HKCU-IP43F, an NMI board for HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166, an NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board (output) for XVS switchers that allows the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link.

PWA-MV1N, Multi-viewer Software enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring.

Sony is taking action to bridge the gap to IP Live by providing a venue for training and education. In June 2016, Sony opened a unique facility in the UK, the Digital Motion Picture Centre IP Live at Pinewood Studios. This landmark centre provides educational resources, training and practical tools to aid the excellence and growth in IP for broadcasters and productions companies alike.

Since its opening in June this year, Sony has trained numerous people from leading broadcasters, enabling them to go beyond isolated proof of concept demonstrations and theory to experience interoperable products in a functioning live environment and upskill to become the professionals of tomorrow.

Transforming production and distribution workflows

Sony also emphasised its pledge to working with media organisations as a strategic business partner, evolving their production and distribution workflows to help them transform across various production platforms. Specifically focusing in on news production, Sony also introduced a number of solutions and services that add intelligence and greater communication between the on-field camera and the news centre.

XDCAM Air, harnessing the power of cloud computing and XDCAM: XDCAM Air services address the growing need for speed to air. Harnessing the power of cloud computing and the strengths of Sony’s XDCAM solutions, operators now have the ability to work more quickly and efficiently, concentrating on the story at hand, with the camera directly hooked into the workflow.

XDCAM Air is a portal for content workflows with intelligent functions such as new mobile applications, content management by metadata automation, connection control using GPS geo-location and distribution to multiple locations. Additionally, XDCAM Air will be interoperable with most of major systems, both from Sony and 3rd parties

Sony’s Media Backbone Hive introduced to European broadcasters: Media Backbone Hive utilises the latest IT technologies built using datacentre infrastructure to deliver a complete news and sport production workflow. Showcasing a range of intuitive web-based applications, Hive exists to deliver fast ‘Omni-media’ publishing serving all Web, mobile and social media as well as traditional TV playout. It gives access to clever and tailored dashboards that can inform business decisions, delivering efficiencies driven by insight.

Hive gives media companies the opportunity to truly excel in content creation by empowering their creative teams. Hive is dynamically scalable, drives better management of operational costs, as well as lowering total cost of ownership and avoiding unnecessary investment in underutilised resource.

Protecting, preserving and preparing content with scalable asset management

To meet the ever-growing demands for managing, storing and repurposing digital content, Sony introduced robust, long-term solutions that maximise flexibility, scalability, reliability, and performance.

Media Backbone NavigatorX, an upgraded version of Sony’s Media Navigator solution, offers 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. Media Backbone NavigatorX features a simple user interface and is HTML-based web application compatible with multiple browsers.

Launched in April 2016, Sony’s second generation Optical Disc Archive system provides a secure long term archive on a proven format, the disc. This newest media is rated with a 100 year shelf life, achieve 3.3TB as a capacity of a single cartridge with affordable price. Optical Disc Archive System has higher accessibility than other general archive media and able to use for several workflow like exchange media, project backup and nearline archive. Additionally, Memnon Archiving Services (a member of the Sony group) offers large-scale audiovisual archive digitalisation for wider archiving projects. Further demonstrating Sony’s commitment to securing precious data and investments for generations to come.

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IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

Not in the market for a new camera currently? Sony don’t want you to feel left out. That’s why they’ve announced new firmware for the F5 and F55, plus a sensor update for the PXW-X400.

Version 8 of the F5 and F55 firmware will add support for Sony’s latest AXS-R7 on-board recorder and XQD G-Series cards (although these will require an adaptor).

Aside from new device support, the main update is that your F5 and F55 will now record XAVC class 480 in 4K/QFHD up to 30fps.

The X400, on the other hand, is going to get a sensor upgrade to turn it into a 4K camcorder. This is a hardware upgrade that’s available to Sony users through the Prime Support programme (itself relaunched at IBC).

The upgrade gives your X400 all the features of the PXW-Z450 we first saw at NAB in April.

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Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design have announced that they’re due to start shipping their Ursa Mini 4.6K camera and Micro Cinema Camera. This means that if you’ve pre-ordered your Ursa Mini 4.6K or Micro Cinema Camera from us, it should be on its way to you soon. However, there is one catch: they’re shipping without global shutter.

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As Grant Petty himself explains in this (sadly unembeddable) video, “We’ve been having problems with the global shutter feature of these cameras and it’s been holding up our ability to ship them… As performance is not to the level we’ve been striving for, we’ve decided to ship the cameras without the global shutter feature.

“This is upsetting for us because we really wanted to produce a high dynamic range camera that had a global shutter in an all in one design,” he admits, but points out that users can now choose between the Ursa Mini 4K if they’re working on fast-moving projects like sports coverage and want 60fps 4K, or opt for the 4.6K if their priority is to get that high dynamic range.

Apparently, a 4.6K model being used with global shutter would have been capped at 30fps and have had its dynamic range reduced slightly, effectively rendering it the same as the Mini 4K, so at least this way you’re getting your full 15 stops.

If you head over to the Ursa Mini section of Blackmagic’s site, you can download a short film that Grant and co shot with the Ursa Mini 4.6K, and even download RAW files of the shoot so that you can try grading it in DaVinci Resolve. (The free version of Resolve is available here; Grant recommends working in this so that your RAW files don’t get clipped.)

You can see the full Blackmagic Design camera range here. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Now in stock: Panasonic DVX200 4K camcorder

Now in stock: Panasonic DVX200 4K camcorder

We have the world’s first 4/3 type large format 4K camcorder, the Panasonic DVX200, in plentiful stock and ready for delivery! 

Featuring a newly developed F2.8 LEICA DICOMAR 4K lens and 13x zoom, the DVX200 is just about the only large sensor fixed lens 4K camera on the market at the moment with a recognised form factor for handheld and shoulder mount shooting. You can grab yourself a shiny new DVX200 for just £2700 (£3240 inc VAT) now.

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Panasonic DVX200 also features:

– Beautiful bokeh effects from a 4/3 type, large format sensor.

– 12 stops of image latitude faithfully reordered by new V-Log L gamma curve.

– Variable Frame Rate with a maximum of 120 fps (in full High Definition resolution).

–  The DVX200 is also compatible with the AG ROP (Remote Operation Panel) app, which allows remote control of the 4K camera recorder from an iPad. (You can download the app over on the App Store here).

Take a look at the DVX200 in action:

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Sony release optional firmware for the PXW-X70

Sony release optional firmware for the PXW-X70

Sony have announced that you can now purchase their 4K upgrade kit for your PXW-X70 4K-ready camcorder as part of a bundle. While you can still purchase the upgrade kit separately for £365, you now have the option to buy the camera and firmware bundled together for £1800.

Here’s what you need to know:

– This new bundle comes complete with PXW-X70 camcorder and 4K upgrade kit, and is known as the PXW-X70/4K (available on our website here).

– This means the PXW-X70 will be shipped with the CBKZ-X70FX 4K upgrade license as a bundle.

– You can get your hands on this bundle from the 1st January 2016.

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Order your Sony PXW- FS5 now!

Order your Sony PXW- FS5 now!

You got a first glimpse of it at IBC 2015, and now we’ve got the rugged, professional Sony PXW-FS5 camcorder available to order now!

With an ultra-lightweight body (weighing in at just 0.8kg), flexible controls, versatile monitoring and module design for easy integration, the FS5 is perfect for use in a range of professional applications, from event videography to corporate online video production.

Priced at just £4490 (£5388 inc VAT), the Sony PXW-FS5 is an industry standard yet affordable 4K camcorder. It features 4K resolution, Super 35 size sensor, 14 stops of exposure latitude and exceptional sensitivity.

Visit our RME shop

We’ve got a demo FS5K unit down at our place in Soho, and at our main HQ in Nottingham so if you’d like to take one for a test drive before you decide to buy, you’re more than welcome to. Just drop an email to broadcast@Jigsaw24.com and we’ll arrange a convenient time for you to stop by.

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Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Canon’s popular XC-10 4K camcorder is proving to be a hit among schools, college and universities. If you’re thinking about introducing 4K to the curriculum, here’s our quick guide and top five reasons why we think the Canon XC-10 is the perfect classroom addition…

About

Announced in early April 2015, the XC-10 is the newest compact digital video camera from Canon, capable of capturing 4K Ultra-HD footage and 12MP stills. The XC-10 features a 1.0″ CMOS sensor, 10x zoom with optical image stabiliser, and slow and fast motion recording. Aimed at DSLR shooters, it shares a similar form factor, and even DSLR accessories, but alleviates the fundamental issues caused by using a DSLR camera designed to create great still photographs, not shoot video.

Here’s why we think the XC-10 makes a great addition to any classroom:

1. Fantastic value for money

Priced at just £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT), the XC-10 is a great low-cost, small form-factor UHD 4K camcorder. Perfect for students to get to grips with 4K cameras, without blowing your entire year’s budget.

2. Large sensor camera with a fixed lens

Ideal for getting the class out of their seats and photographing/videoing their surroundings, without carrying a bag of lenses. The XC-10 is a run and gun style camera, which makes it great for capturing footage from school events like sports days, class concerts and even graduation ceremonies.

3. 5-axis image stabilisation mode

Image stabilisation is common-place but 5-axis stabilisation takes it to another level. If you’ve ever shot something by hand, it will invariably have a lot of movement. If zoomed in, it will probably be unusable. The XC-10 constantly moves the image along 5 different axis’, so even a zoomed in shot, hand-held, is rock solid. Students can shoot quickly and freely.

4. Compatible with a range of camera accessories

The XC-10 uses the same accessories as Canon’s DSLR range, including batteries and chargers, so if you’ve already got Canon kit you can optimise your existing equipment, without the need to purchase anything new.

5. Feature packed, and great for teaching industry standard skills

With over-cranking and under-cranking (for slow and fast motion footage), WiFi capabilities, HDMI out, full HD resolution including 1080 50p recorded straight onto SDXC, and 4K onto C-Fast cards, you can really teach your students the technical skills they’ll need when they’re working with photo and video later in life.

In use

Just recently, we lent a demo unit to the University of Nottingham Biological Photography and Imaging department for students to use on their latest film-making project. We received some great feedback from the department – we’re thrilled to see their students enjoying using the camera!

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Thinking about investing? The Canon XC-10 lightweight and compact 4K 1″ sensor camcorder will set you back a cool £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT) and is in stock and ready for delivery now.

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