Sony’s Content Management Station Adds 4K IP Live Production

At today’s Sony press conference, the company showcased the latest addition to its support for live 4K production with the addition of a content management station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for its PWS-4500 live production server. With the launch of the new PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station, users now have a metadata-enabled workflow that lets operators efficiently and easily search for content that can be seamlessly transferred for delivery.

Metadata-based workflows benefit large-scale live productions, especially for major sporting events requiring the use of multiple cameras and servers in OB trucks. The combination of the PWS-110CM1 and PWS-4500 system with software version 2.3 allows the operator to enter metadata, indicate the server’s content on a network, categorise and indicate the metadata of the clips, search the clips by metadata, keywords or star ratings and transfer clips between servers, as well as external devices. The new software for the PWS-4500 system will also enhance HDR capabilities by optimizing XAVC encoding for HD S-Log3, HD HLG and 4K/HD PQ. (Version 2.2 already supports 4K S-Log3 and 4K HLG.)

When combined with Sony’s latest 4K/HD camera systems, the HDC-4300, HDC-4800 and HDC-P43 series of baseband processor units, the PWS-4500 server system can create a comprehensive production tool. In addition to the higher 4K quality the combination provides workflow efficiency through Sony’s Share Play operation to edit and output slow-motion highlights using file sharing over a dedicated 10G network.

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