Sony's new DSR-70A
field recorder/player gains DV playback and an optional FireWire/SDI
Sony To Introduce Network VTRs
to focus on IP-based products at NAB
says it will introduce networkable video decks at this year's NAB convention
in Las Vegas in April. The company says it will also show off a whole
slew of IP-based applications and systems, including servers, data systems,
cameras, switchers, monitors, newsroom systems and asset management systems,
along with new switchers and routers that are switchable between HD ands
SD digital formats.
Networking your deck
Information is scant at this point as to any specifics as to the networkable
VTR, but, according to Sony documents, the solution seems to be a bridge
product called the MSB-2000 ("multi-format stream bridge"), which is scheduled
to appear in September of this year. According to one document, the MSB-2000
"provides a bridging function among various devices that support SDTI,
SDI and DVB-ASI interfaces, including MPEG VTRs and A/V servers designed
for broadcast applications. The MSB-2000 bridges these devices over a
network environment with video, audio and control signals implementing
in this manner the vision of an MPEG world. The MSB-2000 implements high-quality
MPEG stream conversions by a new technology from Sony called 'parameter
referring re-encoding.' The MSB-2000 enables content transmission through
various networks as well as cost savings in operation by remote control
of broadcast equipment. The MSB-2000 helps integrate, in an optimum manner,
all operations in the broadcast station by interfacing high quality MPEG
The MSB-2000 multi-format streaming bridge
on the device include SDI, SDTI-CP, SDTI-SX for broadcast devices and
DVB-ASI for ATM/DS-3 networking devices. For control I/F, it includes
100Base-TX, RS-422 and RS-232C. An optional RTP input/output board will
be available "in the near future." Other features include new parameter
referring reencoding for MPEG GOP and MPEG Rate conversion with minimum
picture quality loss, as well as simultaneous video encoding and decoding
via SDI input and output.
The MSB-2000 will be available for $18,000.
Cameras and storage
Sony will also be bringing out its new storage devices, video players
and records and cameras at NAB. Highlights include:
- MAV-777 multi-access
video disk recorder, based on the foundation of Sony’s MAV-555 standard
definition system. The MAV-777 is based on HDCAM compression technology
and disk technology and combines VTR-like control panel operation with
the advantages of a disk recorder to provide both linear and nonlinear
editing capability. The recorder is expected around October. Typical
system configurations will run $94,000 to $131,000.
- The HDW-2000 series,
a new HDCAM studio VTR lineup. The HDW-2000 series consists of the HDW-2000,
an HDCAM recorder with HDCAM playback capability; the HDW-M2000, an
HDCAM recorder with Sony 1/2" format playback capability for Digital
Betacam, MPEG IMX, Betacam SX, Betacam SP and Betacam tapes; and the
HDW M2100, a player with 1/2" format capability. The HDW-2000 series
provides built-in up-conversion and down-conversion, allowing the different
units to be used in both HD and SD operating environments. The three
recorders in the line are expected by the end of the year and will cost
$40,000 to $60,000.
- The DSR-70A, an
enhanced revision of the DSR-70 DVCAM field editing
recorder/player. As with the previous model, the DSR-70A has a full
range of analog and digital interfaces, search dial function and a built-in
6.4" VGA LCD screen. In addition, the new DSR-70A model now has playback
compatibility with DV family formats (25 megabit per second), including
consumer DV (SP mode) and DVCPRO, as well as improved editing performance,
DMC and an internal signal generator. Also newly introduced is the new
DSBK-160A option board, which provides both IEEE 1394 DV I/O and SDI
input/output connections on a single option board. It's scheduled for
a May release and will sell for $12,500.
- The HDW-750 HDCAM,
a compact, lightweight HD camcorder that can output down-converted signals
(with an optional kit), as well as HD-SDI signals without an external
adapter. Additionally, Sony will be introducing later this year the
HDW-730, designed exclusively for 1080/60i HDTV acquisition. The 750
will be available in May. Pricing was not available at press time.
will be operating out of two spaces (one being a 40,000 square foot demo
area) at the NAB convention to show off its new line of IP/video products.
NAB will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 23 through 26.
For more information on Sony, visit http://www.sony.com.
For more information about NAB, visit http://www.nab.org.
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