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Sony unveils new wireless connectivity and expands Optical Disc Archive

9 August 2013
Sony unveils new wireless connectivity and expands Optical Disc Archive

Sony has announced two new additions to its product range. New wireless connectivity capability has arrived for its professional camcorders with the CBK-WA100 adapter, (pictured). Also, the company’s Optical Disc Archive lineup has expanded with advances in the technology.

The wireless adaptor is designed to accelerate news and production workflows by enabling transmission of content over a wireless network. It connects directly to a camera and allows XAVC proxy files to be created and then saved on an SD card in the adapter.  The CBK-WA100 is then able to upload the proxy content and the original high-resolution content via 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi to a broadcast station, on premise server or to a cloud environment.  

Smartphones and tablets can interact with and control the adaptor, via Sony’s Content Browser Mobile application, allowing logging of metadata and reviewing of content without having to connect a monitor to the camera.

“Wireless connectivity is critical for streamlined production between the field and studio,” said Fabien Pisano, strategic marketing manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe. “Also, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are commonly used in every professional application, including ENG and EFP. Combining these two capabilities result in a new workflow for the future.”

Sony’s expanded line-up of Optical Disc Archive systems includes the new ODS-D77U and ODS-D77F drive units, which run at speeds up to a maximum over 1Gbps and expandable PetaSite library units ODS-L30M, ODS-L60E and ODS-L100E. The ODS-D77U features a high speed standard USB 3.0 interface, while the ODS-D77F features a high speed fibre channel connection to support the new Optical Disk scalable PetaSite libraries and storage management software providers.

The three new library units allow users to combine a different number of cartridges and drive units to form a system which fits their own requirements on storage capacity and read/write speeds.  Optical Disc Archive cartridges have an estimated 50 year lifespan and are built to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, and resist dust and water droplets.

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