NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

Sony announced today the launch of the HDC-4800, its newest camera system which combines 4K & Wide Color Space with Ultra-High Frame Rate (UHFR) capabilities – 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD- but also features dynamic cutout and zoom capabilities for live sports and special event productions.

The HDC-4800 reinforces the suite of 4K, HDR, IP-ready set of solutions offered by Sony Professional, from the awarded HDC-4300 camera, the XVS Switchers series and PWS-4500 servers to the Trimaster ELTM 4K OLED displays BVM-X300 & PVM-X550.

Today, most live sports productions already include high frame rate data, which has become one of the de facto visual tools to relay for the viewer the raw emotion, effort and feats of athletes and sporting teams. However, such ultra-high frame rate content requires the use of specialised crews, equipment and custom developed workflows that were not originally designed for a live production application, where time to air is critical.

Sony has brought all of its experience and deep understanding of live sports production workflows and operations to answer that challenge with the HDC-4800. This is Ultra High Frame Rate System Camera developed specifically for live sports environments, bringing together innovative technology with efficient workflows and simple operation.

The system is composed of a camera head that any traditional camera operator, shader or engineer can operate. It uses the familiar ergonomics and commands including dynamic focus assists, simple large lens adapter as well as all paint functions from Remote Control Panel and is compatible with other accessories from the range of Sony system cameras.

This means operators can control precisely the colour and general parameters of an HDC-4800 like they would any other HDC system. This cuts out the requirement of a dedicated operator for Ultra Frame Rate, as there is no need for a specialised and dedicated set of accessories, such as viewfinders, remote control panels or large lens adapters.

The other challenge faced in present day UHFR operations is recording. This is often limited to an on board memory located in the camera head block, restricting not only how much action can be captured but also slowing down the time to air, as the data needs to be first transferred to an external replay server.

This constrains directors and can force them to make some very strong editorial choices. With the HDC-4800 system, Sony has developed a new approach which solves this problem: the BPU-4800 baseband processor unit doubles up as a replay server. This innovation not only enables to record continuously up to 4 hours of Ultra High Frame rate 4K (8x super motion content) thus capturing all the action, but also allows instant replays that can be broadcast on air as a first replay immediately after the moment.

The BPU-4800 integrates directly with other servers for instant replay using the Real Time network “Share Play” introduced on the PWS-4500 server system.

Thanks to these features, the HDC-4800/BPU-4800 camera system also creates a companion system for Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD camera with 2/3-inch image sensor.

“Sony has developed the HDC-4800 taking into account the workflow as a whole”, says Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.” From capture to replay operations, the HDC-4800 System enables not only the best in class capture of emotions but also more efficient workflows for live sports replays.“

“Exchanging contents in real time between servers is essential” continues Paquet “Now, while the High Speed replay operator is proposing his clips to the director, the highlight editing operator can get at the same time his clips into the main story, assembling clips not only from the normal replay servers but also from this Ultra High Speed server”.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and wide colour space (BT.2020 and BT.709). It also supports PL mount lenses that can capture high resolution, clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. HDR support is under development and will be available in the near future.

The HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 will be displayed for the first time at NAB 2016 and will be available from August 2016, ready for major sporting events.

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NAB 2016: New axle Pulse turns audiences into contributors

NAB 2016: New axle Pulse turns audiences into contributors

Today axle Video announced the first-ever integrated solution for news organisations and brands to gather and stream video directly from their audiences.

axle Pulse is a new mobile app that lets broadcasters and brands source immediate, authentic content; their communities are empowered with an easy way to capture and share video footage from their smartphones. The system is available either as a complete software/hardware solution for purchase, or as a monthly cloud subscription. It includes branded apps for iPhones and Android smartphones, and lets contributors sign up, shoot and upload video. The users can also join a dialogue with the broadcaster or corporate media department which can include requests to capture specific material in exchange for compensation. For breaking news stories, a livestreaming mode is available which turns the smartphone into an immediate on-location asset for news organizations.

axle Pulse

The axle Pulse system combines an easy-to-use mobile app and a powerful media management back end, based on axle’s radically simple axle Gear software. The solution works as follows:

– The company operating the software can request footage from contributors in their audience, optionally with specific assignments.
– Contributors capture and upload video footage in response to assignments, with any compensation predetermined.
– A built-in search tool lets the broadcaster quickly tag, curate and subclip submitted videos.

In the case of breaking news or live events, streaming from one or more contributors can be enabled for direct feeds.

Axle Pulse is based in part on pioneering mobile software called VidLasso, which axle Video has acquired and adapted for use in the new system. Christy King, a cofounder of VidLasso, who has joined axle as an advisor, said “I am delighted to see VidLasso grow up to become axle Pulse. The axle software team has expanded our original feature set in smart ways for news organizations and brands to harness the power of mobile video capture and streaming. axle is the leader in affordable media management, with great customers in the broadcast and corporate markets, and I’m thrilled to see axle Video build on our mobile capture technology, and make it even easier to gather and organize user generated content.”

The system includes axle Gear media management back end technology that gives permissionbased browser access to all uploaded content, as well as postproduction features like the ability to select and approve footage for use on air or on a website. When integrated with affordable networked storage and playout options from axle Video’s partners, axle Pulse can form the core of a next-generation media operation at a small fraction of the cost of traditional broadcast infrastructure.



Pricing and availability

axle Pulse is available now for complete on-site system deployment; after June 1 as a monthly cloud subscription. Both approaches include branded iPhone and Android mobile apps, as well as all required back end infrastructure for managing submitted video content and (with the streaming option enabled) live streams. Contact axle Video for details. axle 2016 software is available now starting at $995 for two users.

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NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

More and more news organizations and broadcasters worldwide are now shooting in the Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG video format, since it provides high quality media at smaller bandwidth rates. Some of the world’s largest broadcasters are already using this AVC Ultra-LongG format, including NBC and Cox Media, and many more organizations will be adopting the format soon.

Read the original article over at Avid’s site.
By offering end-to-end AVC Ultra-LongG workflows and support across the MediaCentral Platform, we are extending Avid Resolution Independence and providing our customers and partners with unprecedented performance and efficiency.Avid’s end-to-end workflow for AVC Ultra-LongG spans the Avid Artist, Media, and Storage Suites, and includes baseband and file-based ingest, editorial and logging, send-to-playback, and archive. Through seamless integration with the Avid MediaCentral Platform, you can now safely replace old camera inventory and invest in this new camera platform without risking interruption of well-established operational practices.

“We are excited to announce the AVC Ultra-LongG workflow integration with Avid systems. Many of our customers are seeking a total workflow that spans the production continuum from acquisition to archive, and that is exactly what this solution offers,” said Kunihiko Miyagi, executive vice president of Cinema and Broadcasting, Imaging Network Business Division, Panasonic Corporation.

The following Avid solutions will offer Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG support during the second quarter of 2016:

– Media Composer Edit SD, HD, and high-res media with the film, TV, and broadcast industry standard.
– Avid NEXIS Accelerate production with the world’s first software-defined storage platform.
– Interplay | Production Manage assets, collaborate, and automate workflows for high-volume media delivery.
– Interplay | MAM Unify and coordinate every aspect of media production with a comprehensive system.
– AirSpeed | 5500 Speed up SD, HD, and high-res workflows with a multichannel ingest/playout server.
– Media | Director Automate file-based media ingest, parking, and transcoding.
– MediaCentral | UX Access media and work on projects anywhere using a cloud-based interface.

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