Sony NAB Amplify

Sony announces at NAB Amplify a series of new upgrades and innovations across the full range of its professional media products and solutions focused on IP and cloud.

Sony has delivered IP Live production systems to more than 120 facilities and OB trucks worldwide as of April 2021, including customers such as Polsat and University of Alabama. Over the last year, there has been an increased demand for a more holistic end-to-end IP approach.

Sony HDCE-TX50With this context in mind, Sony is announcing two compact IP extension adapters, the HDCE-TX50 and the HDCE-RX50 which will provide the current HDC camera line-up with IP capability in 4K. With their HFR features allowing up to 6x slow motion in HD when using with HDC-5500 and an optional license HZC-HFR50, these adapters will prove indispensable for efficient resource and asset sharing for existing HDC users. Both models will be available in December 2021.

To respond to the appetite for IP beyond 4K, Sony is also delighted to announce its new 8K ST2110 Interface option board and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) Agent Software, both to be available in October 2021: Adding to the CCU of the UHC-8300 8K camera system, the new Interface board UKCU-8001 enables IP operation of the 8K system. Thanks to the SNMP Agent Software UZCU-SNMP80, the board will allow operators to also monitor IP operations and change settings remotely.

Sony HDCE-TX50

IP Live, now with VideoIPath

For customers looking to take advantage IP technology to transform their production, Sony’s IP Live production system (that now includes Nevion’s orchestration and SDN control software VideoIPath), provides the means to create reliable, scalable and flexible IP systems for convergent LAN/WAN infrastructures.

The new version 3.0 firmware release of Sony’s IP Live System Manager (LSM) scheduled for May 2021 includes a south-bound interface to VideoIPath, thereby augmenting its existing broadcast control capabilities with VideoIPath’s network orchestration.

Sony’s NXLK-IP50Y and NXLK-IP51Y SDI-IP converter boards, which enable SDI devices to be connected to IP networks, will also be upgraded in September 2021 to support NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications), enabling them to be controlled by VideoIPath. Both these enhancements will allow customers to build more robust IP systems with an optimized cost.

Sony XVS-G1

Expansion of remote production

Sony recently expanded the XVS series of switchers with the introduction of the XVS-G1, a 4K-ready, compact, entry-level option. Now, the rest of the line-up (XVS-9000, XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000) is enhancing its functionality through a new firmware update. Version 3.6, available from June 2021 brings Inter-Group Connection functionality which will connect multiple switcher control stations. This will be particularly useful for users needing scalable and flexible systems in multi-studios and remote setups. It also includes HDR conversion on 12G-SDI input through an optional license.

In order to meet the accelerated demand for remote environments, the BRC-X400, SRG-X400, SRG-X120 cameras will support the SRT protocol, bringing high quality video transmission with low latency, with firmware version 3.0, available in June 2021.

Sony’s unique Adaptive Rate Control function provides a more stable connection, optimized for the network environment and available bandwidth. Supporting RTMP/RTMPS (Real Time Messaging) Protocol, the cameras will directly stream to social media platforms with a simple and quick connection.

Sony NAB Amplify 2021

Scalability and agility in the cloud

Sony furthers its range of cloud-based solution to support the growing demand of remote and distributed production. A solution that enhances the connection between cameras and the cloud is also currently under development.

Media Solutions Toolkit is a new suite of cloud-based microservices, designed to give media companies the power to build systems that address their specific production, workflows and management needs.

Within the Media Solutions Toolkit, businesses will choose and combine several type of cloud-native, specialised services, each addressing a particular function, like import or workflow management. Because each microservice can work independently of the others, customers can upgrade, add, remove or scale them as needed—with minimal disruption of service. The Media Solutions Toolkit will be available from May 2021, as a subscription, a managed service or via licenses.

While designed for cloud and hybrid environments, it will also be deployable on-premise. It will also integrate with existing Sony applications, such as the Ci cloud platform and third-party applications.

On the other hand, Sony’s Ci Media Cloud continues to add features to further enable secure remote collaboration in the cloud. Several new features, including Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and advanced administrative controls, have been added to enable content owners to further protect their most valuable content.

Ci’s newly added quality control (QC) features such as Source Quality Frame Preview and Frame-accurate Audio Meters enable remote teams to perform quality and compliance checks entirely in the cloud with a simple web browser – eliminating additional file transfers and allowing the content to be safely secured in a single location.


On the camera front, Sony’s range of XDCAM camcorders will have several successive powerful upgrades. For instance, the 4K shoulder camcorder PXW-Z750 will have a longer cache recording duration through the version 3.0 firmware update planned for May 2021, adding more flexibility for use in news, documentary and natural history recordings to help capture critical moments.

A firmware update, planned for later in 2021, will provide the PXW-Z280 handheld camcorder with HD 120 fps support and equip it with enhanced cloud capability, providing benefits that enhance remote operation and offer faster media relay.

Also planned for May 2021, the FX9 and FX6 will receive firmware upgrade to support 4K 120p RAW output with an external recorder. Launching in 2021, FX9 Version 3.0 firmware will have new features including an Anamorphic mode to display 2x and 1.3x desqueeze and Cinemascope frame lines in the viewfinder, on top of the addition of S700PTP, a Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lens and B4 Lens support with its adaptor.

Sony HDCE-TX50Professional Monitors

Sony is also introducing a new addition to the professional monitor line-up, the new PVM-X3200 (32”) 4K HDR picture monitor. This model, launching in October 2021, benefits from Trimaster technology and supports an all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2.

It also matches 100 percent of the colour gamut of the BVM-HX310 Trimaster HX master monitor, ensuring continuous colour accuracy from production to post. With the optional license PVML-HSX1 scheduled for June 2021, the PVM-X3200 will also support internal conversion of HDR to SDR and 4K to HD for further usability.

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By • 21 Apr, 2021
• Section: Catchment, Study, IP