Sony Adds More HDR Support; Expands Ci Cloud Tools

Sony says it is supporting HDR across its professional solutions range. New collaboration and content management tools include an enhanced hybrid asset management solution that unifies Ci and NavigatorX.

Sony says its SR Live Metadata workflow focuses on creating live HDR and SDR programming simultaneously by a single production unit. Sony HDC camera settings are captured by the camera and sent throughout the production process. This allows the SDR production to be “perfectly replicated”, as intended by the shader. Only the HDR signals need to be switched and routed, eliminating the need to add separate production staff to handle the SDR.

SR Live Metadata is already supported by the HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit and PWS-4500 production server. In Q3 this year, Sony’s live production systems, such as HDC series system cameras with in-CCU recording capability, will also be supported.

In addition, file-based production systems, such as the PXW-Z750, PXW-450 and PWX-X4003 camcorders, will support SR Live Metadata with the application software Catalyst Prepare by of the end of 2020.

The PXW-X400 2/3” shoulder mount camcorder will have an optional HD HDR license from July, adding 1080 60p/50p HDR capability to the model.

Announced earlier this year, the PVM-X2400 (24″) and PVM-X1800 (18.4″) 4K HDR picture monitors will receive an optional upgrade planned in March 2021 that will add internal conversion of HDR to SDR and 4K-HD.

Sony’s XVS series switcher also supports HDR conversion. Sony will also offer two new mix effect boards: the XKS-8215 for the XVS-9000/8000 switcher and XKS-7215 for the 7000 model. The new boards offer four keyers per 4K ME, with resizers, chroma key, and key priority. The HDR conversion support and these new boards will be available early 2021.

Transforming Operations With The Cloud

Designed to bring disparate systems and redundant file transfers into a single unified platform, Sony plans to update Ci this month including launch of Ci Catalog. Ci Catalog streamlines asset management for larger companies, intending to enable better management of finished assets, streamlining work for marketing, sales, distribution and archive teams.

Sony says, “Enhanced hybrid operation of NavigatorX and Ci: Sony will provide a world-class hybrid asset management solution from June 2020, unlike anything the industry has seen. Customers will be able to manage content in any facility or in the cloud.”

Media Analytics Portal

Sony’s newly launched cloud-based portal includes object recognition and speech-to-text through a web-based portal. It also integrates with Ci Media Cloud Services, XDCAM air and Media Backbone NavigatorX.

“Whether used for sports content management or program production, Media Analytics Portal enhances media workflows by augmenting metadata and automating media processes for greater efficiency and productivity,” Sony says. Expected to be available from Q4 2020 onwards.

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