The largest focus of Sony product introductions will be on broadcast this year. CBS and DirecTV partnered to broadcast The Masters in 4K based on Sony’s HDC-4300 camera paired with the HDCU-4300 Camera Control Unit. The CCU ships in basic HD configuration and is upgradeable to 4K as well as IP.
Live streaming is another ENG area in which Sony will concentrate with the introduction of the Network RX Station PWX- 100RX1. With the incentive of being “first on air,” the system can receive up to 30 streams and requires only one LTE/Wi-Fi dongle to stream without reoccurring charges or subscription fees. The unit allows remote camera control, GPS embedding in metadata, streaming as low as 500 kbps up to 5 Mbps and the ability to save these streams as .MP4 files.
With workflows rapidly moving in the IP direction, Sony will show enhancements to its IP Live Production System. Supported already by approximately 45 companies, IPbased AV routers and switches integrate with the IP Live System Manager to consolidate material from cameras, graphic systems, etc., and output to multiviewers, switchers, video servers or IP-SDI converters for decks.
Firmware v8 for the CineAlta F5/55 product line will add value to these cameras through a new XAVC Class 480 codec, with higher data rates and better peak S/N ratios.