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Sony and Evertz collaborate for Networked Media Interface

Sony and Evertz are working together to develop new IP interoperability technologies.

Sony and Evertz are working together to develop new IP interoperability technologies. The two companies first announced their strategic alliance at IBC in September, as a continuation of their recent efforts to introduce IP-based solutions, such as Sony’s Network Media Interface and Evertz’s Software Defined Video Network (SDVN) solution.

The Sony-Evertz collaboration will allow customers to use an IP infrastructure in their facilities, and support broadcasters through the transition from legacy SDI environments to IP-based infrastructures.

Sony’s Networked Media Interface packetises and transmits HD and 4K video, audio, and metadata in realtime over standard network infrastructures. Sony is also developing low latency video codec (LLVC) technology to support the video compression required for 4K 60p transmission over 10Gbps Ethernet.

This technology also enhances Sony’s IP Live Production system, making live studio and sports broadcasts more efficient and less expensive. As of IBC2014, ten companies announced their support for Sony Networked Media Interface.

“Sony’s goal is to develop realtime IP technologies to lower system costs and achieve greater efficiency of configuration and operation for broadcasters,” said Olivier Bovis (pictured), head of AV media marketing, Sony Professional, Sony Europe “Working with Evertz allows us to deliver scalable and flexible IP-based solutions for a wide range of production and broadcast infrastructures.”

Eric Fankyauser, vice president, product development at Evertz, added: “Evertz SDVN solution leverages our MAGNUM unified orchestration and control system, together with high capacity IP switching fabrics (Evertz EXE-VSR and IPX) and IP gateways to provide an IP-based infrastructure scalable from SD/HD to Ultra HD over a 10GbE packet core. Transition from legacy SDI to IP-based infrastructures has tremendous benefit and Evertz has deployed these solutions for our customers. Developing interoperability with Sony’s Networked Media Interface will give customers greater IP workflow options.”

Sony has been nominated for a TVBAward, along with NT Live, for its work on War Horse live in 4K. Beyond HD Achievement in Image Capture is just one of 13 awards which will be presented at the awards ceremony tonight at the Hilton London Wembley. For more information see the TVBAwards website.