Sony introduces the XVS-9000, a flagship live production switcher enhancing the XVS switcher series

Expansion of the XVS series also brings new capabilities of IP and 12G-SDI in 4K

Sony has announced its new live production switcher, the XVS-9000, designed to address the demands of advanced 4K and HD productions in the rise of High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. The XVS-9000 offers up to 80 inputs and 40 outputs in 4K and up to 160 inputs and 80 outputs in HD[1], adopting the latest interfaces for both IP (SMPTE ST 2110) and 12G-SDI in 4K as well as hybrid system of both, for large sporting and entertainment events.

Sony continues to deliver efficient and flexible workflows through its IP live production system and has reinforced IP Live interoperability to support two key industry standards – SMPTE ST 2110 media transport over IP and AMWA NMOS Device Discovery.  A core part of Sony’s strategy is its commitment to deliver fully interoperable solutions that are ready to implement today. Sony will also now offer new 12G-SDI interfaces to provide greater choice to its customers.

The XVS-9000 offers flexibility and operability when handling live 4K video sources, featuring a larger capacity processor with evolved signal processing technology. It also inherits the functionality and operability well received across current XVS series, including the well-known operation through the ICP-X7000 Panel of a modular style design, with OLED displays.

Up to four newly developed 4K/HD DME boards can be installed into one XVS-9000 switcher, which enable users to configure a maximum of four channels of 4K 3D DME for 4K live production with a variety of video effects.

The new 4K/HD DME boards are compatible with the XVS series, allowing two channels of 4K DME to be configured in the current XVS-8000.

Inheriting from the XVS Series, the XVS-9000 will have resource sharing functionality where users can allocate the resources of one single processor unit, such as inputs/outputs and mix-effect, to several program productions simultaneously. This creates a virtual environment with several switchers, allowing the configuration for a scalable and flexible system depending on production schedule, while being operated by a single switcher.

The need for 4K production is increasing across the globe” commented Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “We are committed to enable our customers to build brands and audiences through engaging content, and XVS-9000 will join a strong portfolio of solutions to meet the needs of 4K production and IP live transmission with choice of latest interface.

The XVS-9000 is planned to be available in October 2018.

[1] The number of I/O will differ according to the interface

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