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Sony demos its new XDCAM HD workflow enhancements (27/4/2010)

At NAB 2010, Sony displayed new technologies and prototype concepts that can enhance the XDCAM HD® workflow.

Bob Ott, vice president of Sony Electronics’ professional and optical products business comments; “Sony continues to develop powerful and unique solutions for the XDCAM HD optical family. These solutions can be an effective bridge between the studio and the field, or between the Professional Disc™ media and the SxS memory card. We are focused on enhancing the total XDCAM workflow.”

Sony is also introducing a News Production System (XDNEWS) for delivering advanced XDCAM based news production capabilities suitable for small to mid-scale broadcasters, as well as a powerful archiving system called XDCAM archive.

A new version of the XDCAM Professional Disc will be a quad (four) layer, single-sided version, with a 128 GB capacity. The new disc is ideal for long-form recording and archiving, and users can store more than four hours of XDCAM HD422 50Mbps content.

A new XDCAM drive is planned to be compatible with the four-layer disc, with faster transfer and write speeds as a result of dual optics on one head.

Sony is also developing workflow solutions that take advantage of each type of XDCAM tapeless media – the optical Professional Disc and the solid-state SxS memory card. The XDCAM Station hybrid media recorder will feature internal storage, a Professional Disc drive, SxS memory card slots and a VTR-like control panel.

The XDCAM Station will be the core of XDCAM workflows in networked environments. Beyond providing an effective bridge solution between XDCAM optical media and SxS memory card media, it also enables multi-task and multi-access capabilities and can enhance the functionality and the performance of network. Additionally, NLE interoperability is improved with direct access and frame chase editing, and network system interoperability is also improved through use of standard interfaces and protocols.

Another unique feature of the XDCAM workflow is metadata. Last year, Sony announced an adapter for Wi-fi capabilities, to connect mobile devices and XDCAM camcorders, enabling users to register metadata on-site. This function facilitates auto ingest at broadcast stations as well as easy search and preview of related data (shooting date, time, place, notes etc.) and proxy AV data when archived. This XDCAM metadata workflow technology is named “XM Pilot”.

A file management system, usually operated under SAN storage system, is bundled to XDNEWS’ NAS storage system, offering advanced network performance on a common PC platform. In addition, new playout server applications will provide reliability for securing important playout operation.

These expanded configurations are an affordable solution for small to mid scale broadcasters, for example, interconnection with NRCS, computer graphic and archive systems.

Sony is also introducing an Archive Management System, which will provide functionalities such as “Offline Shelf Archive Management with Proxy Preview” as a turnkey solution. The XDCAM Archive system can connect to external systems as well as 3rd party systems via Web Service base interface. At NAB 2010, Sony is also showcasing connectivity to the XDNEWS system and third-party NLEs. The XDCAM Archive system is planned for release in July.

www.pro.sony.eu

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