Sony has launched a dedicated IP Live Studio as part of its Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe (DMPCE) at Pinewood Film Studios. 

The facility will demonstrate the full IP ecosystem, acting as a training centre for broadcasters, producers, engineers and technicians and will act as a test bed for third party interoperability.

Sony says the IP Live Studio will serve as a “playground” for partners that are part of the IP Live Alliance, allowing them to try out their own equipment with the Sony system. Sony has already established a list of partners, including 50 members of the IP Live Alliance, who will be able to use the studio to demonstrate their products’ interoperability and functionality in a live environment.

The Studio’s acquisition system will feature Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD live system camera and BPU-4500 baseband processor, working in tandem with NXLK-IP40F SDI to IP converter boards, and a state of the art network infrastructure. The list of manufacturers contributing interoperable kit to the Studio includes Cisco, Evertz, EVS, Imagine Communications,  Juniper Networks, Tektronix, TSL

The features being demonstrated at the studio include 4K and HD acquisition over IP, Video switching over IP, Real Time graphics over IP, Networked Media Interface interoperability and Dynamic routing.

"Ever since introducing our first IP-enabled solutions back in 2012, we’ve been working with partners and customers to make IP an operational reality in live production environments.  Our approach is tested and proven in the field, forming the backbone of live production workflows for customers such as TV Globo, CNN Adria and the PSNC," said Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “To date, standards and alliances have focused only on a few of the challenges of IP Live production. The IP Live Studio is therefore an opportunity for our customers to test and operate a complete IP workflow, and experience the exciting interoperability on offer.”

“The IP Live Studio will exist alongside Sony’s established cinematography and Broadcast workflow at the DMPCE, which has already welcomed over 3,300 customers through its doors since its launch in 2013. The DMPCE has a strong heritage in training, and the IP Studio further supports Sony’s mission to educate and inspire AV professionals by letting them feel the power of the latest technologies for themselves. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new IP Live Studio,” said Ann-Marie Hiscox, European Head of Training at Sony Professional Europe.

Jon Creamer

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