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Sony Enhances "IP Live" Production Solutions with New Live Element Orchestrator and SDI-IP Converter Boards
Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sony Empowers Resource Sharing across Multiple Locations to Support Broadcasters in Overcoming Budget and Productivity Challenges

LAS VEGAS — April 7, 2019 — At NAB 2019, Sony Electronics will highlight its continued commitment to efficient and powerful IP-based solutions with its range of "IP Live" solutions. Among the new additions to Sony's growing line up of IP-based products will be the company's Live Element Orchestrator, its first system orchestration solution designed to improve production system availability, increase workflow efficiency through more effective utilization of production resources, and to reduce system downtime. Sony is also launching two new SDI-IP converter boards—the NXLK-IP50Y and NXLK-IP51Y—which both offer support for the SMPTE ST 2110 standard and optional HDR compatibility.

Sony will be exhibiting at NAB 2019, Booth #C11001 at Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11, 2019.

"The biggest challenge facing broadcasters is the pressure to create high-quality content while keeping production costs to a minimum," said Deon LeCointe, senior manager, IP Solutions for Sony Electronics. "Our Live Element Orchestrator unlocks the full potential of our IP solutions by giving broadcasters and content creators the ability to manage and control devices within a facility or across multiple locations, thereby minimizing downtime and maximizing output. With this new solution, we're demonstrating our active investment in next-generation, IP-enabled solutions and creating new ways for customers to take advantage of IP-based infrastructure."

Resource sharing across multiple locations

Scheduled to be available in June 2019, the Live Element Orchestrator provides overall system management of an IP-based production system. By supporting major industry protocols, both Sony and third-party solutions will be equally supported. The solution enables a central point for configuration and monitoring with production resources shared across multiple locations.

Sony developed its Live Element Orchestrator in collaboration with Skyline Communications (Belgium). Sony adopted Skyline's DataMiner, an end-to-end management and orchestration solution, as a core technology. DataMiner has been adopted by numerous media companies and organizations globally.

Complete system supporting SMPTE ST2110 in HD and 4K

To support the industry's transition to IP, Sony continues to support open standards and interoperability. At Sony's NAB booth, visitors will see a complete IP Live production system that supports the SMPTE ST 2110 standard both in HD and 4K.

Other equipment supporting the SMPTE ST 2110 standard include: Sony's XVS series of production switchers with 100G IP interface boards; HDC series of cameras; as well as two new SDI-IP converter boards – the NXLK-IP50Y and NXLK-IP51Y.

The NXLK-IP50Y provides 8x 1.5/3G-SDI ports (bi-directional) and 2x SFP28 ports for redundant network connection. Alternatively, the NXLK-IP51Y provides 2x 1.5/3G-SDI ports, 2x 12G-SDI ports (both bi-directional). Future upgrades of both converters will offer optional up/down conversion, as well as HDR/SDR conversion. The NXLK-IP50Y will be available in July. The NLK-IP51Y will be available by the end of 2019.

IP Live System Manager supports NMOS IS-04 and NMOS IS-05

Sony also works with AMWA to support NMOS IS-04 and NMOS IS-05. Sony's IP Live System Manager supports both NMOS IS-04 and NMOS IS-05 in version 2.2, which is planned to be released in May. This allows NMOS-ready, third-party devices to be controlled through the IP Live System Manager. Sony's new camera control units* will also all support NMOS IS-04 and NMOS IS-05.

* HDCU-5500, HDCU-3500, HDCU-3170 & HDCU-3100

Remote production of eSports tournament

Sony will demonstrate IP-enabled remote production of live e-sports competitions. Sony's Live Element Orchestrator will manage an HD IP production demonstration of a live e-sports tournament from the Luxor's eSports Arena in conjunction with a local 4K IP production environment located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The remote production signals will be transmitted in SMPTE ST 2110 via 10GbE WAVE provided by CenturyLink.

This demonstration presents visitors with an opportunity to experience efficient production using one control system for several productions with minimal downtime. When switching between the two production sites, the Live Element Orchestrator can change the configuration of each respective production resource and seamlessly switch IP networks and system formats.

Global investment in Sony's IP Live Production System

Sony has seen rapid global adoption of its IP Live Production System, with adoption by more than 50 OB trucks/studio systems around the world.

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