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NDI arrives at Sony

NDI arrives at Sony
BRC-X400

NDI arrives at Sony

NDI capability has come to Sony’s PTZ cameras for the first time

Sony has announced a collaboration with NewTek to add NDI|HX support to its BRC-X400 4K PTZ camera. NDI operates on a standard gigabit network and can be received and processed by software on computer systems. ‘With the industry clearly moving towards IP and computing-based technologies in practical, cost-effective applications, we see new and exciting opportunities for our customers. Sony support of NDI|HX in the new BRC-X400 4K PTZ camera was driven largely by customer demand for NDI,’ said Sony’s Hiroshi Kawano.

The NDI|HX option is said to provide flexibility in IP-based live production systems when combined with other NDI-compatible hardware or software, anywhere on the network. Connection via a single IP cable reportedly ensures an efficient live production setup including power supply, image output as well as camera controls. In addition, Real Time Streaming Protocol and Real Time Messaging Protocol are also supported.

The BRC-X400 itself incorporates an Exmor R CMOS image sensor that is said to achieve natural colour reproduction and deliver 4K30p with minimum noise. The built-in, high-resolution 4K lens accommodates wide-angle shots up to 70° degrees and is equipped with 30x zoom capability in 4K with Sony’s Clear Image Zoom feature and 80x zoom capability in Full High Definition with Tele Convert Mode. For more information on NDI, see p38 of this issue.

The HDC-5500 and HDCU-5500
The HDC-5500 and HDCU-5500

Sony is also introducing the latest member of its HDC family of 4K live camera systems. The HDC-5500 is a new multi-format live camera capable of direct 4K signal output in 12G-SDI and carries 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS high-quality images in HD, 4K and HDR live productions. Optional software achieving high frame rates of up to 4K 2x and HD 8x will also be available. Meanwhile, the HDCU-5500 is a half-rack size new camera control unit to be used with the HDC-5500. It provides both 12G-SDI 4K output and IP interfaces, SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS IS-04/05 via hardware options. The HDC-5500 and HDCU-5500 are connected through a single fibre cable without a base band processor unit and reportedly offer ultra-high bitrate transmission that carries two channels of 4K signals at a time.

In other news, there is a new update to Sony’s UWP-D series wireless microphone systems. The series now supports Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) and includes a new NFC Sync feature that reportedly gives users a simple and fast frequency setting between the transmitter and the receiver. The microphones have been reduced in size and weight. From October, the following will be available: the UWP-D21, incorporating the URX-P40 portable receiver and the UTX-B40 bodypack transmitter; the UWP-D22, incorporating the URX-P40 and the UTX-M40 handheld wireless microphone; and the UWP-D26, incorporating the URX-P40, the UTX-B40 and the UTX-P40 plug-on transmitter.



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