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Sony Launches its First IP 4K Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera BRC-X400 with NDI®1 capability

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April 11, 2019 5:27:53 PM PDT April 11, 2019 5:27:53 PM PDTth, April 11, 2019 5:27:53 PM PDT

Sony announced its latest addition to the 4K pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera range, the BRC-X400. Ideal for cost-efficient content creation, the compact yet powerful camera is extremely well-suited for broadcast applications from studio to reality TV shows as well as shooting in large venues including event halls and houses of worships (HoW).

Extending operational and creative possibilities, the BRC-X400 supports IP and is equipped with NDI®|HXcapability with optional license, a first in Sony’s PTZ camera line-up. The NDI|HX option presents unprecedented 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 can ensure an efficient live production set-up including power supply, image output as well as camera controls. In addition, Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP)4 are also supported.

“Sony has nearly two decades of experience in IP development within the broadcast industry and we remain dedicated in leading IP-based premium live production, having completed the system by SMPTE ST 2110 standard both in HD and 4K.” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “The BRC series continues to lay the foundation for practical, cost-effective 4K robotic PTZ applications. Responding to customer’s requests, the latest BRC-X400 will support NDI|HX for the first time, with the aim to expand the IP footprint in cost-efficient productions. We look forward to working closely with NewTek in value-adding our offerings to customers.”

“This collaboration with Sony symbolises a significant step for the industry,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “Sony is a clear leader in the global transition to IP-based technologies with a long history of building revolutionary broadcast systems. The world has moved to IP video and we are proud to be working with Sony to help make their latest PTZ camera BRC-X400 connect with the millions of NDI systems around the world. We believe that Sony can empower users to build more agile, flexible and affordable systems that provide live productions with more freedom with its simpler connectivity and hassle-free operation.”

The BRC-X400 realises high picture quality effortlessly, thanks to the highly sensitive Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor. The newly developed sensor achieves natural colour reproduction and delivers 4K30p with minimum noise. The built-in high resolution 4K lens accommodates wide-angle shots up to 70 degrees, and is equipped with 30x powerful zoom capability in 4K with Sony’s unique Clear Image Zoom feature. Further enhancing its offering, users can utilise the 80x zoom capability in Full High Definition (FHD) with Tele Convert Mode. In addition, horizontal resolution 1700 TV line (Centre) in 4K and 1000 or higher TV line in FHD (Centre) captures details of the image.

Allowing seamless switching during live events and reality shows, the BRC-X400 comes with broadcast-friendly features such as tally lamps and genlock supports. The PTZ camera is equipped with a newly available function – Scene File5. This allows users to apply the same operating menu from one camera to others for fast and easy set-up.

Future-proofed for expansion or upgrades to ensure peace of mind, the latest addition to the BRC series can be integrated into existing broadcast system workflows easily with its vast range of camera control protocols support. This includes 700 Protocol for Sony’s broadcast cameras, CGI as well as VISCA / VISCA over IP. In addition, BRC-X400 can be used with Sony’s cutting-edge products such as Sony’s first AI-based video analytic solution, REA-C1000. A simple, cost-effective chroma key solution in 4K high picture quality can be achieved using its chroma key-less CG overlay feature to extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background without the need for a dedicated backscreen or specialist training.

BRC-X400 will be available by the end of 2019 and comes in both black and white colours.