NEP Australia builds new IP production solution with Sony gear

Sony HDC-4300 camera
Neal Romanek
June 30th 2017 at 12:26PM : By Neal Romanek

NEP chose Sony cameras, switchers and monitors for a new IP remote production hub

Broadcast engineering and remote production company NEP Australia has chosen Sony HDC-4300 cameras, Sony XVS-6000 and XVS-8000 IP-capable, SMPTE ST 2110-ready switchers and a range of Sony OLED and LCD monitors for its new IP-based remote production solution.

NEP's new Andrews Hubs, the first of their kind in Australia, will connect 29 sporting venues via a new high bandwidth network. Four new all-IP outside broadcast trucks and seven legacy SDI trucks with new IP layers will complement the two production hubs, which are located in Sydney and Melbourne.

“We have had a successful relationship with Sony for many years," said NEP Australia’s director of technology, Marc Segar. "NEP committed to an all-IP ecosystem at the Andrews Hubs and our new trucks at the beginning of this project. We are therefore very pleased to be partnering with Sony on switchers and camera technologies that complement the rest of our fleet. The 36 new HDC4300 cameras will join the 48 in our current inventory”.
NEP’s Andrews Hubs will allow for multiple simultaneous outside broadcasts, so while the Sony HDC-4300 cameras will be located at the venues, event production teams will be based at the production hubs.

Sony XVS-6000

The HDC-4300 is part of Sony's HDC Series family of live production solutions and is compatible with a range of existing products and workflows, including viewfinders, large lens adaptors and camera control units. The HDC-4300 platform enables productions to handle 4K, HD and super slow motion and integrates with HD infrastructures and accessories as well as advanced 4K live and IP-based workflows. The cameras can also capture 4K, 2x and 8x (in HD) slow motion with a software activation key.

Ten of Sony’s new and most advanced XVS series production switchers will also be used for the NEP project, maintaining a working style with which Australian OB operators are familiar. From an operator’s point of view, working in the new IP-based environment will be indistinguishable from the traditional SDI-based infrastructure or a combination of both.

From the entry level XVS-6000 (above) up to the XVS-8000, the switchers can be configured to meet NEP’s specific requirements and are paired with the modular, customisable ICP-X7000 control panel (below). The control panel connects to the main switcher processor across the network and allows for an operator to be in the same facility or remotely located from the main processor. The flexibility of the XVS series of switchers allow them to be utilised in HD, 4K, SDI or IP-based environments.

SONY ICP-X7000 control panel