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Wireless live streaming from XDCAM

Newsgatherers can now stream live footage directly from XDCAM camcorders, via a new wireless adapter.
Specifically, several of the PXW-series XDCAMs will now be capable of streaming footage live, while Sony’s CBK-series wireless adapters will be able to unlock live streaming for any camera with an SDI connection via 3G, 4G, LTE, or Wi-Fi to the PWS-100RX1 Network RX Station.

The solution is said to prevent packet loss during the streaming process. Users will also be able to upload their content directly to cloud solutions, such as Sony’s Ci, through constant automatic uploading. What’s more, Sony’s Catalyst suite of production tools can be used to prepare footage before it reaches editors, including reviewing, logging and transcoding directly from the camera.

The technology was developed in consultation with news camera-operators and broadcasters including ITV News, which has already trialled the adapters.

Sony product marketing manager, Lucie Wendremaire, said, “We are helping to make ENG as efficient and nimble as possible. Using this technology, a solo newsgatherer could capture events as they unfold and deliver footage ready for broadcast within 1.5 seconds.”

The PWS-100RX1 Network RX station has a recommended price of €6,000. The wireless adapters cost €1,000.