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Imagine, Panasonic partner on hybrid SDI/IP live productions

Imagine's software-based media processing platform is being employed to provide a high-density SDI on- and off-ramp for Panasonic's KAIROS IP live video production platform

Imagine Communications and Panasonic are working together to deliver hybrid and IP solutions using open, standards-based products

Integrators have begun using Imagine Communications’ Selenio Network Processor (SNP) software-based processing platform to provide a high-density on- and off-ramp for the Panasonic KAIROS IP live video production platform.

“Today, live production companies are striving to achieve maximum benefits from the move towards an all-IP infrastructure without the need to dispense of existing hardware, and implementing proven, hybrid solutions helps to ease the transition,” said John Mailhot, CTO Networking and Infrastructure at Imagine Communications.

“The seamless interoperability between the SNP and KAIROS is a perfect example of this type of solution,” he continued. “We have already seen a number of successful SNP/KAIROS implementations delivering tangible operational and commercial benefits.”

The 1RU SNP platform offers a broad range of processing functions, handling conversions between SMPTE ST 2110 and SDI, including 12G-SDI, up-, down- and cross-conversion between HD and UHD and SDR and HDR, Imagine Communications said.

It also offers an HDR-capable production multiviewer personality, SNP-MV, which can integrate content from different video formats and HDR systems into a consistent display environment. The latest SNP release incorporates JPEG XS compression capabilities, said the company.

Panasonic’s KAIROS platform offers an open architecture system for live video switching with complete input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, maximum CPU/GPU processor utilisation and ME scalability. As a native IP, ST 2110 system, KAIROS supports transitions to live IP workflows.

When used with KAIROS, the SNP platform can convert a large number of SDI sources, multiplexing them onto a single fibre connection, eliminating the complication of a COTS switch. This set up could be used in applications where KAIROS and the SNP platform are spread far apart, such as in OB production or on campus installations, said Imagine.

Imagine Communications is a KAIROS Alliance Partner. The alliance encourages vendors to collaborate in areas like SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability and device connection verification.