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Sony’s 4K live production capabilities grow

Sony is expanding the capabilities of its 4K live production technologies, with the addition of a new Content Management Station and upgraded firmware for its PWS-4500 live production server system.

With the launch of the new PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station, Sony has added a metadata-enabled workflow that lets users efficiently and easily search for content that can be seamlessly transferred for delivery.

“Sony continues to enhance its solution for 4K broadcasting reshaping our technology and services to exceed the demands of the media industry and of consumers for 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia.

Metadata-based workflows benefit large-scale live productions, especially for major sports events using numerous cameras and servers operated from OB trucks. Combining the PWS-110CM1 with the PWS-4500 system with software version 2.3 allows a server operator to enter metadata, indicate the server’s content on a network, categorise and indicate the metadata of the clips, search the clips by metadata, keyword or star ratings and transfer clips between servers, as well as external devices. The new software for the PWS-4500 system will also enhance HDR capabilities by optimising XAVC encoding for HD S-Log3, HD HLG and 4K/HD PQ. (Version 2.2 already supports 4K S-Log3 and 4K HLG.)

Sony’s latest 4K/HD camera systems, the HDC-4300, HDC-4800 and HDC-P43 support 4K live production alongside the series of BPU, baseband processor unit and PWS-4500 server system to create a comprehensive, connected tool that is increasingly embraced by live productions worldwide. In addition to image quality, Sony provides workflow efficiency through its Share Play operation to control editing and output of slow-motion highlights using file sharing over a dedicated 10G network, linking the HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 with the PWS-4500 server system.

The PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station will be available from July 2017, while PWS-4500 Version 2.3 software will be available from June 2017.

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

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