LAS VEGAS—Sony Electronics showcased a broad range of imaging, Internet Protocol (IP), cloud and visualization technologies, products and services that it will show during the Show NAB 2022 at booth # C10901 and virtually on https://pro.sony/nab.
“The past few years have redefined the world as well as our industry,” said Theresa Alesso, president, Imaging Products & Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics. “Our customers have relied even more on technology to connect and collaborate remotely and in real time, with the highest degree of reality. At the NAB Show, we look forward to reconnecting with the industry, shining a spotlight on Sony’s transformation, sharing our latest technologies and highlighting trends, including film and virtual production, as we create the future together. “
IMAGES AND CAMERAS
Numerous Sony announcements made during the press conference at the NAB Show on April 24 were related to imaging and cameras.
With the introduction of the new HDC-3200, the company noticed that it was building its portfolio and filling the gaps with a more affordable 4K system, giving users an option that provides everything they need, without paying for. capabilities that aren’t required.
The HDC-3200 is an affordable, fiber-based system camera that shares many of the features common to Sony’s HDC series, including a 2/3 “3CMOS image sensor with global shutter, 4K and HDR, and support for numerous Signal formats. The HDC-3200 is compatible with the existing range of Sony viewfinders, large lens adapters and IP transmission systems. Availability is expected in May 2022.
Sony also introduced two new large lens adapters, the HDLA-3505 and the HDLA-3501. The rugged HDLA-3505 can be used with the HDVF-EL70. It features an LCD panel that allows assignable settings at the push of a button and simple monitoring via SDI input. The HDLA-3501 complements the new HDC-3200, providing an affordable 4K system.
It is designed to work with the HDVF-L750 viewfinder and allows easy access to the camera head by supporting rear panel operation. Both options offer the wireless interface of Sony systems and instant attachment and detachment from the camera. They should be available in June 2022.
Additionally, Sony has reported that its PVM-X 4K series, HDR monitors available in 18, 24 and 32-inch sizes, will see new enhancements with firmware version 4.0 scheduled for August 2022.
The new features include two new optional licenses to support signal conversion and 3D LUT output. Timecode and audio output capabilities will also be added to the enhanced monitor output. The firmware will also include the monitor display, parallel remote control and chroma up, as well as support for subtitles.
Sony has also expanded its Cinema line with the introduction of the flagship VENICE 2 camera. VENICE 2 features a new 8.6K full-frame CMOS image sensor, internal X-OCN and 4K Apple ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ recording. with a smaller body. It has a whopping 16 stops of dynamic range, extremely low light capability, dimming highlights, and natural skin tones. Additionally, the VENICE 2 has a Dual Base ISO of 800/3200, 8 stops of built-in ND filters and is now shipping.
The HDC-F5500 system camera with 4K Super 35mm CMOS global shutter image sensor also enables creative expression with a cinematic look. Featuring a shallow depth of field, high frame rate capability and easy systematization with other Sony system cameras, it has been used in sporting events and the most influential film and music events, among others.
To complement its imaging solutions, Sony announced that it is updating its 4th generation UWP-D wireless microphone series: the URX-P41D dual-channel receiver and the convenient UWP-D27 package. The new portable receiver offers simplified functionality, intuitive features and a digital audio interface via the SMAD-P5 MI (Multi Interface) shoe adapter, compatible with many Sony camcorders.
Additionally, Sony’s flagship PXW-Z750 4K HDR shoulder camcorder, which will be on display at NAB, has been welcomed by the reality community. It was recently selected by CBS’s Emmy Award winner “Survivor”, along with additional models including the FX6, for a total of nearly 50 Sony cameras.
Sony’s technologies have been an intrinsic part of the production of “Survivor” since the beginning, as they have adopted new formats and resolutions. Now, the PXW-Z750 will play a pivotal role in their HDR-ready production of Season 43, which is slated to debut in the fall.
In terms of IP networking developments, Nevion, a Sony group company, recently announced that its VideoIPath multimedia orchestration platform is adding broadcast control. This allows for simple and cost-effective support for the entire production lifecycle, ideal for managing IP-based transmission facilities, virtual routing, production trucks and mobile units.
Additionally, the update adds support for Sony’s NS-BUS IP-based management protocol to the extensive list of equipment interfaces already compatible with VideoIPath, including Sony hardware panels and connection management to SDI-IP converters and to Sony XVS series switchers. Sony also offers a powerful solution for production orchestration and facility management: Live Element Orchestrator.
Sony also announced a number of enhancements to its Ci Media Cloud Services, an ecosystem of cloud-based applications created for organizations to collect, organize, collaborate, distribute and store multimedia assets.
For post-production, Ci’s Workflow app provides functionality for a secure, automated VFX pull workflow by simply submitting a change decision list (EDL) to Ci. Productions must first upload original camera files (OCF) to Ci where preview proxies are created. To start the VFX pull workflow, an EDL is sent to Ci. This locates the reference OCF and converts the reference clips to the desired output format. The generated frames are dynamically provided to the visual effects provider who is notified when the delivery is complete. Benefits of the app include increased speed and lower operating costs, and helps solve common ownership and accessibility issues.
Ci enhancements for collaboration, which can benefit editing and sports users, among others, include in-app commenting, clipping and live streaming, which simplify the way creative teams review and collaborate on content and enable publication. faster on social media, Sony reported.
It also integrates with Sony’s Hawk-Eye technology to receive live streams from sports venues, allowing officials to review, mark and collaborate on decisions in near real-time, regardless of location. This workflow makes the content readily available to licensees and rights holders.
Further enhancements to Ci include a Ci mobile app on iOS and Android for viewing content and a tvOS app for screening content on Apple TV 4K, as well as six times faster live streaming capture and localization in Japanese.
Camera-to-cloud capabilities allow for greater freedom and flexibility for efficient production from the field or frontline. Sony’s next-generation camera-to-cloud solution, C3 Portal (C3P), offers cost-effective file operations by tightly integrating Sony capture devices and remote operations. C3P enables remote camera control, remote file access and secure and efficient file transfer to Ci or your chosen destination. C3P’s new mobile app improves the file transfer process. Flexible metadata workflows support customized and automated metadata encoding of camera clips, resulting in simplified search and identification for quick content retrieval.
Sony also reported that it continues to build on its cloud services suite with the development of live production infrastructure and tools that will enable an efficient transition from on-premise to the cloud.
Sony also announced a number of developments in the area of virtual production, which transformed the world of broadcasting and film by offering new ways to combine the virtual and physical worlds in real time.
Sony’s Crystal LED B series was custom designed for virtual manufacturing. The scalable B series is available in two pixel pitch sizes and allows manufacturers to create volumes of LEDs of the desired size and resolution. With incredible brightness, each panel features an anti-reflective coating, a wide 170-degree viewing angle and a wide color gamut.
Combined with Sony’s VENICE camera series, these breakthrough technologies allow storytellers to enjoy consistently accurate and flexible color matching between camera and wall and incredible resolution and dynamic range that create lifelike images, Sony said. .
To better serve the virtual production, streaming and e-Sports communities, Sony recently launched a dedicated group that brings together the expertise and resources of all of Sony’s imaging and display businesses to help drive innovation and demystify the process. .
Additionally, Hawk-Eye introduced the first iteration of its new solution, Hawk-Eye Replay, a suite of products that serves as a cost-effective, high-performance remote crop, replay and highlight solution. Following the success of “Every Shot Every Hole,” Hawk-Eye’s award-winning golf manufacturing technology, this new offering combines with the company’s optical tracking and data platforms to create a powerful manufacturing solution.
From Sunday 24 April to Tuesday 26 April, Sony will host live presentations at booth # C10901 and live streaming at https://pro.sony/nab.
Topics include imaging, IP, EDL Pull cloud workflow, connecting cameras to the cloud, virtual manufacturing, drones, and more.
More information on Sony’s new products and solutions at the NAB Show 2022 can be found at https://pro.sony/nab.