Sony has added an area for IP interoperability testing and launched a new IP training course at its Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe (DMPCE) at Pinewood Studios.  

Other equipment manufacturers will be able to use the test centre to make sure their kit works as part of Sony’s IP Live offering.

Sony Professional Europe Strategic Marketing Manager Norbert Paquet said: “To date, standards and alliances have focused only on a few of the challenges of IP Live production. The IP Live Studio is therefore an opportunity for our customers to test and operate a complete IP workflow, and experience the exciting interoperability on offer.”

The acquisition system features Sony’s HDC-43004K/HD live system camera and BPU-4500 baseband processor, working with NXLK-IP40F SDI to IP converter boards. It will demonstrate 4K and HD acquisition over IP, video switching over IP, real-time graphics over IP, interoperability with Sony’s Networked Media Interface and dynamic routing.

Manufacturers contributing interoperable kit include Cisco, Evertz, EVS, Imagine Communications, Juniper Networks,Tektronix and TSL.

The training course will focus on how to build, operate and maintain IP-based systems for live production. The first course will take place in two weeks.

Sony signs up to AMWA’s NMI

Sony has also joined the Networked Media Incubator (NMI) project of the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA).

The scheme aims to bring broadcasters and other users of kit together with manufacturers to develop IP systems that maintain content and metadata from a camera, through production systems, to delivery and archive.

The technical goals of the group are guided by the Reference Architecture (RA) published by the EBU’s (European Broadcasting Union) Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM).

“In the same way that we recently joined AIMS to focus, amongst other things, on VSF TR-03 and SMPTE 2022-6, joining the AMWA NMI group today will enable us to work even more closely with other industry leaders to promote the adoption, standardisation, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP,” said Paquet.