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Sony’s Live Producer: high-end performance and easy operation

Sony, Sydney, 24 August 2016: Sony today announces the release of its latest multi-camera Live Producer. The MCX-500 offers the performance and technical heritage associated with Sony’s market-leading AV solutions at an affordable price. An ideal all-in-one switcher for multiple camcorders, the MCX-500 is perfect for corporate, education, wedding or other live events.

Sony’s MCX-500 includes a wide-range of functionality along with an easy-to-use interface, giving operators the flexibility to cover different types of productions effortlessly. “Whatever the scale of a live production, we know that users want broadcast performance,” said Mr. Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “The MCX-500 is designed for applications where the system needs to be affordable and easy to use, without compromising on flexibility or quality.”
The MCX-500 is a 4-channel video switcher that offers users the option to select from nine inputs, including 4x 3G-SDI, 2x HDMI and 2x CVBS. An extra RGB input is available for title overlays. A wide range of video cameras can be connected to the MCX-500 including professional camcorders such as Sony’s XDCAM or NXCAM series, and consumer video cameras. Other features include both PinP and keyer overlay functions, a range of transition effects, 4-channel video and 5-channel audio inputs including XLR and embedded audio from SDI or HDMI, for maximum versatility. Premium features such as the broadcast-quality chroma key algorithm from Sony’s high-end broadcast video switcher – the MVS series – is also included in the MCX-500.
Critically, the MCX-500 is designed to adapt to multiple workflows. The all-in-one switcher is able to record live images (PGM) with AVCHD formats without an external recorder. This enables users to edit or distribute as soon as recording has finished. Furthermore, the switcher incorporates USTREAMTM function, allowing users to broadcast recordings from live events over the internet easily. There is also the option to use a GUI controlled from an external PC or tablet, ideal for enabling remote operation.
The MCX-500 has been developed to make multi-camera operation as simple as possible, especially when it is connected to Sony’s RM-30BP remote controller and certain Sony professional camcorders. This combination – Simple Live Solution – allows recording control to be synchronised for multiple camcorders such as the HXR-NX5R, making it easy to manage independent recording. A PGM/PVW tally signal can be sent from the MCX-500 to the connected camcorders, notifying the operators which image has been selected for live output [1].
The MCX-500 is planned to be available in Australia from January 2017 onwards.

[1] Requires a camcorder compatible with “Simple Live Solution” setup. More camcorders will be supported in due course.

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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