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Sony introduces new IP-based solutions

Sony, Sydney, 9 September 2016: At IBC 2016, Sony will demonstrate further achievements in interoperability as well as unveiling six new IP Live based solutions. A core part of Sony’s strategy is its commitment to deliver fully interoperable solutions & systems that are ready to implement today using currently available standards, while remaining open to upcoming future standards. Sony has played a strong role in the industry since 2012 starting with the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups and more recently, the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the Networked Media Interface (NMI) framework.

At IBC 2016, Sony will demonstrate such progress as part of the IP Interoperability Zone held by AIMS, AMWA, EBU, SMPTE and VSF. Visitors will get the opportunity to experience Sony’s interoperability based on existing open standards – SMPTE ST2022-6 and SMPTE ST2059 – and future new open standards including TR-03 (SMPTE ST2110) and NMOS (IS-04).

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“Sony continues to demonstrate its role as a technology leader in the industry, through our work both with industry standard bodies and industry manufacturer alliances, delivering unified interoperability,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia and New Zealand. “At this year’s IBC, we’re showcasing not only technical demonstrations but a complete end to end workflow of 4K/HDR Live Production over IP, Remote Production and Data Centre Architecture, all of which are interoperable with our Alliance Partners and ready today thanks to the Networked Media Interface (NMI). We are looking forward to not only working with our customers but also helping them on their journey to a more efficient live production workflow. Our new IP Live training course at our Centre of Excellence in Pinewood Studios in U.K., which opened in June this year, has already successfully hosted its first training and interoperability tests.”

Sony’s unrelenting support for open protocols cements its position as a technology innovator and leader in interoperability. Following the JT-NM Reference Architecture & EBU’s 7 layers for interoperability recommendations, the NMI was introduced which comprises and covers all these requirements – media transport, timing, identity, discovery and registration, flow control, flow switching, and compression. 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 IP Live Alliance has expanded and includes four new members: Asaca Corporation, ASTRODESIGN, Inc., Lambda Systems Inc. and Studer by Harman.

“The IP Live Alliance is more than a technology alliance group,” Kable continued. “It is the assurance that all manufacturers can access a complete framework of technologies to implement in their respective systems, ensuring interoperability amongst them, rather than just accessing in parts. Sony believes this approach will avoid the MXF situation where different implementations of the open standard resulted in industry-wide interoperability issues. We must learn from that”.

At IBC 2016, Sony is introducing six new solutions to complete its IP Live Production System offering:

NXLK-IP45F: AV multiplexer/De-multiplexer board

NXLK-IP45F

NXLK-IP45F

Sony’s new processing board enables multiplex and de-multiplex of video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio. The board can undertake high quality 4K video and supports major audio over IP formats including Dante and AES67. Traditional SDI to IP conversion is also possible with this solution.

NXL-IP4F: SDI/IP converter unit

NXL-IP4F

NXL-IP4F

Sony’s new SDI/IP converter unit is ideal for any 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System. The NXL-IP4F provides a simple conversion for legacy SDI equipment, inheriting the benefits of Sony’s NMI technology.

HKCU-IP43F: NMI board for HDCU-4300

HKCU-IP43F

HKCU-IP43F

Sony’s new NMI board for Sony’s HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network. The HDCU system is easy to install in small OB trucks and is compact at only 2U in height.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166: NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board for XVS series

Sony’s new NMI QSFP+ I/O boards (input or output) for XVS switchers allow the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fibre link. The XKS-Q8111 board is for input and XKS-Q8166 board is for output.

PWA-MV1N: multi-viewer software

PWA-MV1N

PWA-MV1N

Sony’s new software-based IP Multi-viewer solution enables a remarkably efficient monitoring solution for IP Live Production Infrastructure, drastically reducing the video matrix resources used for monitoring. Supporting up to 32x IP-based video streams, its flexible layout design also displays graphics, tally signals, UMD clock and timers into HD or 4K display outputs.

These solutions enhance Sony’s existing IP Live Production offering, featuring a range of 4K/HDR over IP solutions such as the HDC-4300 with BPU-4500 4K/HD/HFR live system camera, the XVS series 4K/IP live switchers, the PWS-4500 4K/HD production server and the NXL-FR318 signal processing unit. Visitors to Sony’s stand at IBC this year will be able to see the latest IP Live Alliance Partners solutions using the NMI from the following manufacturers: Advantech, AJA, BFE Studio und Medien Systeme, Cisco Systems, DELTACAST, Grass Valley (Belden), Huawei, Imagine Communications, Juniper Networks, Lawo, LEADER ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, Macnica Americas, Matrox Electronics Systems, Nextera Video, Tektronix, Inc., Vizrt and YAMAHA Corporation. Further, Sony will host a specific Developers conference for IP Live Alliance partners on Saturday, 10 September, to showcase the latest tools available for implementing the NMI and scheme for interoperability.

Sony’s IP live Production Solutions

Sony’s IP live Production Solutions

IP Live Alliance Partners

IP Live Alliance Partners

Sony will be exhibiting at Stand C101 in the Elicium Hall, RAI Amsterdam from 9 to 13 September.

The products will be available from the following dates:

HKCU-IP43F Now
XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166 November 2016 onwards
NXL-IP4F and PWA-MV1N February 2017 onwards
NXLK-IP45F March 2017 onwards

About Sony: With a diverse portfolio of businesses across electronics, music, film, gaming and telecommunications, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the world’s largest technology and entertainment company. Sony Australia Limited and Sony New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Sony Corporation of Japan, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam camcorders, α digital SLR cameras and Walkman MP3 players as well as professional broadcast and production equipment. For more information on Sony Australia, visit www.sony.com.au or for New Zealand visit www.sony.co.nz

Product Information: For further Sony professional and broadcast and production product information or stockist details, readers can contact Sony Australia on 1300 720 071 or visit pro.sony.com.au. For Sony New Zealand call 09 488 6188 or visit pro.sony.co.nz

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