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Sony Unveils Live Production System with Features and Performance to Meet the Requirements of HD Video Production

Date: 10/09/2012

Sony Unveils Live Production System with Features and Performance to Meet the Requirements of HD Video Production

Sony has unveiled new HD live production products, including dual-format cameras, CCUs and switchers, with features and performance that fully satisfy the demanding requirements of HD video production. The new offerings make up a powerful live production system that is ideal for broadcasters, cable TV networks, production houses or OB service providers that are looking for a small-to-mid-sized system which incorporates future-proof, state-of-the-art technology.

 This new system expands Sonys lineup of live production systems, which are already in use by broadcast stations all over the world, affording users considerable choices in configuring systems to meet their needs. This new range of live production solutions offer a variety of key functionalities, while maintaining the concept and reliability of Sonys flagship models such as the HDC-2000 studio camera series and the MVS-8000 switcher series.

 The new live production products include the HDC-1700 dual-format HD camera series, HDCU-1700 camera control unit and the MVS-6530/6520 multi-format switchers. These new solutions feature compact form factors and deliver high productivity in supporting live high-definition or standard-definition signals. It is the perfect system for live events, multi-camera production and green screen compositing. Ease of installation and operation also enhance the quality of this system.

Live production has never been more fast-paced and dynamic than in recent times. Broadcast studios, newsrooms and OB platforms are demanding live production solutions that work reliably and efficiently while supporting a variety of production and format requirements, said Claus Pfeifer, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. We have designed our new live production system to be a worthwhile investment for our customers one that they can trust and will address issues of operational ease, space and cost. We are confident that our solutions will help ensure the sustained success of our customers live production projects.

HDC-1700 Dual-Format HD Camera Series

 The HDC-1700 dual-format HD camera series offers a broader choice of interlaces and progressive formats, much greater picture quality and enhanced operational flexibility. The cameras are equipped with sophisticated three-chip 2/3-inch CCDs and the latest DSP with 16-bit A/D converters to provide superior picture quality required by broadcast stations. They are also incredibly sensitive and enable operators to produce high picture quality and details unlike any other system cameras in the market. The CCD used can accommodate the popular interlace and progressive scan formats for mainstream broadcast productions including 1080/50i/59.94i as well as 720/50P/59.94P images. Numerous accessories available to the HDC-2000/1000 series can also be utilised such as HD viewfinders and large lens adaptors.

 The HDC-1700 camera series provides digital transmission using SMPTE standard fibre optic cable to transmit high-quality digital data over long distances. The cameras also provide HD SDI outputs and digitally down-converted SDI or analogue composite output. In addition, viewfinder signals with characters can be output from the SDI output connector, granting camera operators additional convenience.

An included digital spirit level measures the tilt angle and displays it on the viewfinder and monitor, so operators can easily keep their cameras horizontal while shooting. In addition, the sturdy magnesium die-cast body of the HDC-1700 camera means it readily withstands intense movement, even under the toughest shooting conditions.

HDCU-1700 Camera Control Unit

The HDCU-1700 camera control unit is a compact 3U half-rack control unit designed for use with the HDC-1700 camera series. The HDCU-1700 is equipped with a range of built-in interfaces such as HD-SDI/SD-SDI outputs, HD/SD return inputs, and a down-converted analogue composite monitor output. The digital optical fibre transmission system used in the unit maintains the high picture quality of the camera across single cable runs of up to 2000 metres.

MVS-6530/6520 Multi-Format Switchers

The new MVS-6530/6520 switchers inherit an array of features and technologies from the renowned MVS switcher series, leveraging years of industry experience at the highest levels. The MVS-6530/6520 models are available in 3 and 2 M/E configurations and are ideal for live production at broadcasting studios and relay vehicles.

The new models offer the perfect balance between size and specification with chroma-key functionality, resizers and colour correction. They cater for production needs starting at 32 inputs / 16 outputs 2ME (MVS-6520) and up to 48 inputs / 32 outputs 3ME (MVS-6530). The MVS-6530 is equipped with 16 keyers, while the MVS-6520 is equipped with 8 keyers, allowing sophisticated layering from each M/E.

Separate from the main fader, each keyer has its own auto-transition controls, which allow users to insert or remove keys on an individual basis with independent wipes, DME wipes, and dissolves. For further flexibility, each keyer in every M/E also offers chroma-keying and colour vector keying, eliminating restrictions of selectable key types. These fully-featured M/Es allow total interoperability of effects on all M/Es.

The resizer function allows superb simple 2.5D DME effects to be supported through 8 out of 16 keyers of the MVS-6530, and 4 out of 8 keyers of the MVS-6520. A variety of effects such as Mosaic and Defocus can be applied to resized images. All these effects can be created without the use of an external DME, bringing great advantages for both simple operation and minimised system cost.

The MVS-6530/6520 switchers possess a rich feature set including a two-channel multiviewer output, with a choice of 10 or 4-way split display, saving space on additional monitoring plus offering an easier set-up and overall cost reduction. Other features include an AUX transition capability that allows users to mix transitions using AUX output, and newly designed ICP-6530/6520 control panels which include colour cross-point patterns ideal for grouping and high-visibility OLED source-name displays. These help the operator to stay informed at all times of cross-point, button assignments and source type group.

The new products will be available from September (HDC-1700) and October 2012 (MVS-6530/6520).

Sony will be exhibiting at IBC2012 in Hall 12, stand number 12.A10. For more information, please go to the Sony IBC2012 website www.pro.sony.eu/ibc



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Posted: 23/10/2014
Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r)), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who's who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015. 



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Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Posted: 23/10/2014
Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, with Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has announced that Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, will each receive one of the organization's highest honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The special awards, which are determined by the HPA Board of Directors and a select committee, are presented to honorees whose contributions to the field of post production are significant. Heim and Roberts will be on hand to accept their awards at the 9th Annual HPA Awards Show on November 6, 2014, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.



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Chris Steele Appointed as Marquis Broadcast MD

Posted: 22/10/2014
Chris Steele Appointed as Marquis Broadcast MD

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced the appointment of Chris Steele as managing director.  Steele joins the company from Quantel. He takes over from Peter Davies who will step up to become chairman of the Marquis Broadcast.



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LA Micro UK is expanding, doubling the size of its offices, engineering and warehouse space

Posted: 22/10/2014

LA Micro UK Ltd, the IT equipment broker and solutions provider specialising in Avid professional workstations and servers, is expanding into a second unit adjacent to their current building, which effectively doubles the size of their premises.

The company has been growing steadily over the last three years and has increased its team by 25% in the last six months. The additional space will be used to accommodate a larger sales office, and to provide more engineering and test labs and additional warehouse space.



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Riedel Communications CCW Expo 2014 Product Preview

Posted: 22/10/2014
Riedel Communications CCW Expo 2014 Product Preview

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface

The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft(R), the new Riedel product meets broadcasters' increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming -- all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel's STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution's broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.


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Sony Collaborates with Evertz on IP Interoperability And Development of its Networked Media Interface

Posted: 22/10/2014

Sony and Evertz are working together to develop new IP interoperability technologies. The two companies first announced their strategic alliance at IBC in September, as a continuation of their recent efforts to introduce innovative IP-based solutions, such as Sonys Network Media Interface and Evertzs Software Defined Video Network (SDVN) solution.



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FOR-A Brings Switchers, Multi-Viewers, Encoding Decoding, and Signal Processing Solutions to CAPER 2014

Posted: 22/10/2014
FOR-A Brings Switchers, Multi-Viewers, Encoding Decoding, and Signal Processing Solutions to CAPER 2014

FOR-A America will exhibit several of its video production solutions at the upcoming CAPERshow. The show takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 29-31, and focuses on professional broadcast, cable, and satellite television, as well as cinema and radio markets. FOR-A will showcase its video switcher, video transmission, signal processing, and multiviewer solutions within the SVC (Sistemas de Video Comunicacin) booth, C-10.



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Posted: 21/10/2014

When two volcano enthusiasts and all-around daredevils, filmmaker Geoff Mackley and award-winning photographer Bradley Ambrose, decided to descend deep down into the crater of one of the worlds most active volcanoes, Ambrym volcano in the Malampa Province, they chose to face the fiery furies of molten lava with Miller Camera Support Equipment, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, and its lightweight, durable Air Carbon Fibre System.



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Rec4Box OB Factory Equips Three Compact, Versatile OB Units With Riedel

Posted: 21/10/2014
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Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its Artist digital matrix intercom system and RockNet real-time audio network have been built into all three of the unique OB units completed by Montreal-based Rec4Box OB Factory in the past year. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these mobile units offer the broadcast market a flexible production system that scales cost-effectively to meet the needs of live event productions.



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Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

Posted: 21/10/2014
Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field, live event and studio production, introduces Firmware 2.10, the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders. New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing end users of its rack-mounted recorders a sneak peek into new features and changes under development in the firmware.



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Harmonic Certified Services Partner Program Recognizes and Rewards Continued Investment in Technical Talent

Posted: 21/10/2014

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the launch of the Harmonic Certified Services Partner (CSP) program, which recognizes and rewards Harmonic partners for continued investment in technical talent. The program is designed not only to enhance customer confidence in participating partners, but also to foster continual improvement in the partner-provided support services afforded to Harmonic customers worldwide.



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NETIA at BITAM 2014

Posted: 21/10/2014
NETIA at BITAM 2014
At BITAM 2014, NETIA will showcase its new Media Assist software suite, which builds on the strengths of the companys acclaimed product portfolio to provide a complete solution for managing workflows from ingest through to delivery. The company will demonstrate how the new suite enables content owners and content producers -- from radio broadcasters and television stations to organizations maintaining media archives -- to access, retrieve, and share or distribute their digital assets to any platform.


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Crystal Visions dual channel distribution saves broadcast engineers money

Posted: 21/10/2014
Crystal Visions dual channel distribution saves broadcast engineers money

Crystal Vision's latest video distribution amplifiers have been designed to bring financial savings to those working with many channels in multi-standard big systems. With distribution amplifiers a fundamental part of any interface system, the dual channel modular 3GDA204R and 3GDA210R provide high quality distribution of 3Gb/s, HD or SD sources, with signal reclocking and excellent jitter performance as well as signal reporting.



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Visual Unity Strengthens Its Marketing Team

Posted: 21/10/2014
Visual Unity Strengthens Its Marketing Team

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has strengthened its marketing team by appointing James Mazur to the position of Chief Marketing Officer.

Formerly co-founder and leader of a start-up software company and Award winning GoStickman animation studio, James Mazur has extensive experience in online business and digital marketing. As Chief Marketing Officer, he will head the marketing team and take responsibility for company messaging, lead generation, online marketing, and communication.  His position is also strategic as he will build and implement a complete digital product strategy for Visual Unity over coming months, and oversee current and future product marketing.



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Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony

Posted: 21/10/2014
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors and amp; Awards Ceremony
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that award-winning television and radio news anchor Frank Mottek will host the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, sponsored by IMAX with support from TV Pro Gear, Canon, and EIKI. The Oct. 23 evening event is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. 


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