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Sony Aims to Transform
Media Landscape
A combination of factors has resulted in a "sea change" in the
industry, admits Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager,
Sony Australia...

T

he various factors include
changing consumer viewing habits,
unprecedented industry consolidation
and new business models. At NAB
2018, Sony decided to focus on new
workflows for genres and demonstrate
technologies for HD, 4K, 8K, HDR & IP.
"Media customers need to deliver
content anytime to any platform, in a
range of different formats, and in high
quality," said Kable. "Often they need
to do all this with fewer resources.
Sony is continually adapting to meet
our customers' changing needs,
assisting them to develop practical
workflows that meet their technical
and financial goals."
XDCAM Expansion
Sony expanded its XDCAM line of
professional camcorders with the
new handheld PXW-Z280 and a 4K
compact camcorder - the PXW-Z190.
The PXW-Z280 is equipped with
three 1/2-type Exmor R CMOS image
sensors, delivering high sensitivity
of F12 (59.94p), long zoom ratio and
deep depth of field. 4K 4:2:2 10-bit
adds vivid imagery and delicate colour
gradation.
The PXW-Z280 supports 4K 50p/60p
recording capability and 12G-SDI
output, making it suitable for live
event production. The enhanced
network enables direct-to-air workflow
featuring Sony's Quality of Service
for live distribution of high-quality
broadcast content, using a Dual
Link connection by multiplexing two
cellular networks. Versatile formats
and interfaces also support the
workflow. A 17x zoom lens and three
Sony's super 35mm
XDCAM FS5 II

independent control rings with endstop allow manual control of focus,
zoom, and iris for quick and precise
adjustment.
The PXW-Z190 carries newly
developed three 1/3-type Exmor R
CMOS image sensors that capture
RGB light independently and deliver
4K 50p/60p imagery with high
resolution and a wide range of
gradation. 4:2:2 10-bit ensures vivid
and rich colour content in HD. The
new model incorporates a 25x optical
zoom lens to cover a wide focal range
for multiple shooing requirements,
with three independent lens rings to
support intuitive operation.
Both models are equipped with
Advanced Face Detection Autofocus
(AF) including "Face Priority
AF" and newly added "Face
Only AF". Sony's Electronic
Variable ND filter ensures
greater exposure control
by smoothly varying the
density of the ND filter
during
shooting
while
maintaining resolution and depth of
field.
Another addition to the range was
the new XDCAM handheld camcorder
FS5 II. Complete with 4K HDR and
120fps performance and RAW
capabilities, the new Super 35mm
camcorder combines outstanding
image quality with an ergonomic
modular frame. In addition to S-Log
2/3, the FS5 II supports Sony's Instant
HDR Workflow to produce HDR content
for quick post-production without the
need of grading. The FS5 II features
an all-new look with a refined picture
tone to capture natural highlights,
subtle, and well rendered facial tones
and a softer tonal look emphasizing
portrayal of a person.
HDR Production
Responding
to
customers who are
heading to 4K and HDR
production,
Sony
released
firmware updates for the
BVM-X300 master monitor and

PVM-X550
picture
monitor.
Feature PXW-Z280 4K camcorder
upgrades include Flexible Area Marker applications where professionals need
(this allows two flexible area markers high-quality HD with a "future-proof"
to be set freely on one 4K screen), path to 4K and HDR production.
Time Code Display (the capability to
display LTC and VITC time code at the IP Live Production
top or the bottom of the 4K screen),
With IP another key focus for the
and a New Input Setting to simplify a company, Sony's IP Live Production
flow of settings into one integrated solution delivers an alternative to the
assignable button. The number of separate infrastructures of SDI for
assignable settings has also been live production and IP for file-based
increased from four to eight. High production, creating a single, unified
Brightness Mode is expected to be IP network. It lowers equipment costs
added to the PVM-X550, delivering and lays out a logical upgrade path to
wider dynamic range to reproduce 4K, High Frame Rate (HFR), 8K and
more realistic colours and to optimise beyond.
4K colour grading.
Sony is also investing in the future of
IP Live interoperability with industry
standards such as SMPTE ST 2110.
Another IP Live Production
offering involved a new camera
control unit (CCU), the HDCU3100. The 1.5U size of the
compact fibre CCU brings IP
capabilities to Sony's system
cameras, from the 4K HDC4300 with BPU-4000 series, to
HXC-FB80 offers 4K & HDR path
the HDC-2000 series and HSC
Enhancements to facilitate new fibre system cameras.
features and performance of Sony
Combined with a new HKCU-SFP30
products helps customers extend the option board, the HDCU-3100 is able
life of their current Sony technologies. to support SMPTE ST 2110 Professional
At NAB, Sony previewed upcoming Media over a managed IP Network
features for its VENICE full-frame suite of standards. The essential
motion picture camera including functionalities required for live
variable frame rate and a newly- production including tally, intercom
developed dual base ISO 2500 mode.
and return video, can all be provided
Sony's first 8K camera - the UHC- through IP. Support for NMOS IS8300 - was showcased in the U.S. 04/05 is in future scope.
for the first time. The 8K (7680 x
4320) 120p capturing format delivers Optical Disc Archive System
balanced high-resolution footage
Sony also demonstrated the
with a deep depth of field and wide latest generation of its Optical Disc
dynamic range, making it suitable for Archive System and announced new
HDR footage. It can also be used for 4K agreements with partner companies.
production, generating 8K, 4K and HD
Qualstar Corporation entered into
signal outputs simultaneously.
a Product Development Agreement
The HXC-FB80, an accessible with Sony to develop an Enterprise
entry into 4K and HDR-ready studio Class Optical Disc Library; while
and live production, is based on a Mitsubishi Chemical Media Co., Ltd.
3G-SDI platform with 1080/59.94p signed a License Agreement with
capabilities. The new system on offer Sony to produce Optical Disc Archive
from Sony fits a range of commercial cartridges.


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