Keeping in view the rise of High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, Sony announced its new live production switcher, the XVS-9000, designed to address the demands of advanced 4K and HD productions.
The XVS-9000 offers up to 80 inputs and 40 outputs in 4K and up to 160 inputs and 80 outputs in HD adopting the latest interfaces for both IP (SMPTE ST 2110) and 12G-SDI in 4K as well as hybrid systems of both. Sony says the switcher is ideal for large sporting and entertainment events.
A core part of Sony’s strategy is to deliver fully interoperable solutions that are ready to implement today. Sony is focussed on flexible workflows through its IP live production system and has reinforced its commitment to IP Live interoperability through support to two key industry standards, SMPTE ST 2110 media transport over IP and AMWA NMOS Device Discovery. Sony will also now offer new 12G-SDI interfaces to provide greater choice to its customers.
The XVS-9000 offers flexibility and operability when handling live 4K video sources featuring a larger capacity processer with evolved signal processing technology. It also inherits the functionality across current XVS series, including operation through the ICP-X7000 Panel of a modular style design.
Up to four newly developed 4K/HD DME boards can be installed into one XVS-9000 switcher, enabling users to configure maximum 4ch of 4K 3D DME for 4K live production with a variety of video effects. The new 4K/HD DME boards are compatible across the XVS series, 2ch of 4K DME can be configured in the current XVS-8000. Resource sharing functionality is inherited from the XVS Series, where users can allocate the resources of one single processor unit, such as inputs/outputs and mix-effect, to several program productions simultaneously.
“The need for 4K production is increasing across the globe” commented Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management Europe, Media Solutions, Sony Professional Europe. “We are committed to enabling our customers to build brands and audiences through engaging content, and XVS-9000 will join a strong portfolio of solutions to meet the needs of 4K production and IP live transmission with choice of latest interface.”
Sony said the XVS-9000 is planned for shipping by October 2018.