Virtual Production by You and Sony
For example, complex, powerful and often expensive hardware has been at the core of live multi-camera productions. Sony has gone about as far as anyone in placing this hardware-intensive process in the cloud and replacing it at the coal face with a browser-based user interface
You can use up to six cameras. Sony cameras such as the PXW-Z90 or PXW-Z280 which have built-in WiFi or any other camera, Sony or not, with wireless capability either through 3G, 4G cell, WiFi connection or those fitted with a wireless adapter such as a Sony CBKWA100 box. Output can also be made via Ethernet.
At top quality, each of the six cameras supported by Sony Virtual Production would require bandwidth running at 6Mbps to deliver 720p. The service will still run at 1Mbps with QoS managing the drop in bandwidth.
Sony says it is working on a 1080p version which will work at 10Mbps.
The encoding of each camera stream is done locally in the camera in H.264 and pushed to the cloud for switching. The switcher’s functionality will be basic for those familiar with the bells and whistles of top of the range consoles but is still pretty impressive for what is version 1.0.
Road test with Red Bull
Sony began R&D on the project in 2016 and made a demo of it during last year’s Locarno Festival. It’s been refining the tech and the GUI ever since and is ready to take it to market after IBC2018.
Red Bull Switzerland used the solution to live stream the Alpenbrevet motorcycle race in Sarnen to its social media
“Over the years, our Alpenbrevet event has become an important date in the calendars of casual motorcycle racers across Switzerland and Europe,” explained Hubert Zaech, Production Manager at Red Bull Switzerland. “Virtual Production gives us the freedom, flexibility and agility to capture and distribute content quickly, without having to deal with the logistical nightmare of installing physical infrastructure in these remote locations.”
Before Red Bull Switzerland, Portuguese TV network SIC trialled the system for coverage of the World News Media congress in Lisbon in June.