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Sony XVS-8000 Flagship 4K/3G/HD/SD multi-format video switcher

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Sony XVS-8000 (XVS8000)

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Overview :

Powerful switcher sits at the heart of IP Live and 4K and HD production operations

The latest generation XVS-8000 multi-format video switcher delivers massive benefits in terms of flexibility and operability for top end production, giving you the ability to realise a powerful mixed environment with SDI and IP. Utilising the flexible ICP-X7000 X-Panel assignable modular design, you can configure the control panel to suit your specific operations. 

The XVS-8000 provides you with a similar 4K production capability as you get with HD. Support of Networked Media Interface (NMI) also places the switcher at the heart of the new generation IP Live production system. The advanced features and operational flexibility of the XVS-8000 make it Sony’s most advanced flagship production switcher offering ultimate quality combined with significant return on investment.

IP Live switcher

The core of the new generation IP Live production system supports Networked Media Interface (NMI) to realise a mixed SDI and IP environment.

Powerful 4K switcher

4K production capability similar to HD production, with 5 M/E, 40 inputs, 12 assignable outputs for 4K and format converter outputs, plus up to 10 full keyers and 10 sub keyers, enabling simultaneous 4K and HD operation, and powerful 4K features.

Evolutionary switcher controller

The XVS-8000 utilises the ICP-X7000 X-Panel for very flexible panel configuration with a modular style design, OLED display, RGB XPT buttons and LCD button pad. The button layout is also re-designed. The X-Panel has a flexible mounting style for flat or curved mounting, or even for splitting into two positions.

Switcher Processor Options
Multi-format Switcher Processor

• XKS-S8110 - SDI Input Connector Board 
• XKS-S8111 - SDI Input and FC Connector Board
• XKS-T8110 - IP Input Connector Board 
•XKS-Q8111 - QSFP IP Input and FC Connector Board
• XKS-8160 - Output Processor Board 
• XKS-S8165 - SDI Output Connector Board 
• XKS-T8165 - IP Output Connector Board 
• XKS-Q8166 - QSFP IP Output and FC Connector Board
• XKS-8210 - Mix Effect Board 
• XKS-8440 - Frame Memory Board 
• XKS-8460 - Format Converter Board 
• XKS-8470 - HD DME Board 
• XZS-8510 - Switcher Upgrade Software 
• XZS-8520 - Switcher Upgrade Software 
• XZS-8530 - Switcher Upgrade Software 
• XZS-8540 - Switcher Upgrade Software 
• XZS-8550 - Switcher Upgrade Software 
• XZS-8200 - Multi Program 2 Software

Switcher Control Panel
ICP-X7000 Series

• MKS-X7011 – Menu Panel 
• MKS-X7017 – 36 XPT Module 
• MKS-X7018 – 28 XPT Module 
• MKS-X7019 – 20 XPT Module 
• MKS-X7020 – Standard Transition Module 
• MKS-X7021 – Simple Transition Module 
• MKS-X7023 – Key Transition Module 
• MKS-X7024 – FlexiPad Module 
• MKS-X7026 – 10-key Pad Module 
• MKS-X7031TB – Track Ball Module 
• MKS-X7032 – Key Fader Module 
• MKS-X7033 – Utility/Shot Box Module 
• MKS-X7035 – Key Control Module 
• MKS-X7040 – Blank Panel (1/3) 
• MKS-X7041 – Blank Panel (1/2) 
• MKS-X7042 – Blank Panel (1/6) 
• MKS-X7075 – Extension Adapter 
• PWS-110SC1 – Switcher Control Station

Remote Panel

• MKS-8080 – AUX BUS Remote Panel 
• MKS-8082 – AUX BUS Remote Panel

Device Control Unit

• MKS-X2700 – System Interface Unit 
• MKS-X7700 – System Interface Unit 
• MKS-X7701 – Tally/GPI Output Board 
• MKS-X7702 – Serial Interface Board

Virtual Shot Box Software

• BZPS-7020 - Virtual Shot Box Base Software 
• BZPS-7021 - Virtual Shot Box Additional Software

Features :

Supports Networked Media Interface (NMI)

The XVS-8000 supports the Networked Media Interface (NMI), developed by Sony and some of the world’s leading broadcast industry organisations. NMI combines the latest IP network technologies with a current SDI standard interface to support any resolution of video transmission. While conventional systems require multiple different types of cables to carry various signal types (video, audio, reference, metadata and control data), NMI requires only a single standard network cable passing through conventional network switches.

Flexible and scalable configurations

The processors of the XVS-8000 can be configured to suit the exact needs of each particular user in terms of operation, resolution, frame rate, number of I/Os, number of M/E banks, and more.

5 M/E for large 4K production systems

5 M/E functionality enables you to operate with different video formats per M/E, allowing 4K and HD simultaneous operation.

40 inputs and 12 assignable outputs for 4K

Up to 40 inputs and up to 12 assignable outputs are configurable depending on the Input and Output option configuration. Additional format converter outputs* and 2 channels of multi-viewer are also available.

* The number of additional Format Converter outputs depends on format selection, from 4 to 16.

Variety video format support

4K 2SI/SQD, 3G Level-A


Up and down conversion between 4K, HD and SD

The XVS-8000 switcher allows up/down/cross/level conversion between 4K, HD and SD using optional format converter board XKS-8460 as well as the input/output and FC connector boards XKS-S8111, XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166.
This options provide up and down conversion between 4K (2160p) and HD (1080p, 1080i), and between HD (1080p, 1080i and 720p) and SD (480i and 576i), cross-conversion between 4K 2SI and 4K SQD, and between 1080i and 720p, and level conversion between Level-A and Level-B at input and/or output.

Sophisticated layering on M/E cards

There are 8 keyers on an individual M/E cards that permit sophisticated layering techniques. Each keyer has its own auto-transition control separately from the main fader, which allows you to insert or remove keys on an individual basis with independent wipes, DME wipes, or dissolves. All full keyers with 2.5D resizer and chroma key are available in both 4K and HD, as well as additional Sub Keyers* with linear and luminance key in 4K. 

* Sub Keyer is another keyer which allows Linear and Lum Keying for 4K content."

Variety of M/E mode selections

Using the advanced mix effect modes in the XVS-8000, one bank can be configured to control not only the main M/E output, but also a sub mix from that M/E. This Double M/E Mode is perfect for producing multiple outputs of the same event, for example "clean" and "dirty" feeds of a soccer match from within the same M/E.

Adjustable resizer function for each keyer

The resizer function allows you to create simple 2.5D DME effects with every keyer, with adjustable parameters such as Expand, Shrink, Locate, Rotate X, and Rotate Y

Precise effects

Fine key technology allows precise adjustment of key positions and border widths on a sub-pixel level within the range of 8H on all of these switchers. For additional power and user convenience, the XVS-8000 also features Sony's unique Processed Key mode and DME-link function.

Enhanced frame memory system with 4K CG wipe

4K CG wipe is available, together with audio. The processor has an enhanced frame memory system, whereby instant recall of up to 1,250 frames (equivalent to an approx. 20 seconds movie) are available as source in 4K. Additionally, more frames are directly available from the embedded large capacity SSD drive.

Mix function on aux bus outputs

The switcher provides a mix transition, rather than a hard cut on aux bus outputs.

Colour correction function

Primary colour correction is available on every aux output as standard as well as on inputs as option.

Simplified live operations with programmable macros

Macros are extremely useful in live environments when time is critical and there is no tolerance for making operational mistakes. Using the FlexiPad module, or the 10-key Pad module, users can simply record operational sequences, then store and assign them to any desired button. Not only can macros record complex panel operational sequences, but menu operation can also be recorded as a macro. Macros can be edited either directly from the control panel or by using the touch-screen menu display.

Optional integrated DME processor

The DME processor can be integrated within XVS-8000 by installing up to two optional XKS-8470 boards (2-channels per board).

External device control

External VTRs, DDRs, and P-bus devices can be controlled directly from the control panel of the XVS-8000 using MKS-X7700 or MKS-X2700 device control units. The system supports the majority of servers using VDCP or Odetics remote control protocol.

Intelligent multi-functional tally system

The XVS-8000 provides an intelligent and multi-functional tally system, which seamlessly integrates the switcher and router tally functions. Multiple on-air and recording tallies can easily be programmed on the switcher system – so that even complex tally requirements are accommodated – and extra parallel tally ports can be obtained simply by adding tally boards to the MKS-X7700, or by using the MKS-X2700.

Flexible X-Panel assignable modular design

The ICP-X7000 X-Panel offers very flexible panel configuration with a modular style design, OLED display, RGB XPT buttons and LCD button pad. The button layout is also re-designed. The X-Panel has a flexible mounting style for flat or curved mounting, or even for splitting into two positions. XPT FlexiPad allows function mapping customisation according to your operators’ preferences.

Single panel and multi-panel configurations increase your options

With System Interface Unit (SIU) MKS-X2700 or MKS-X7700 as a device controller and Switcher Control Station (SCS) PWS-110SC1, you can operate the switcher as a single panel system or multi-panel system, greatly increasing your options.

More Freedom of control with the Virtual Shot Box

The XVS Series control panel can be partly operated remotely via Ethernet using the web application called Virtual Shot Box. Buttons and functions are customizable so you can assign macro, snapshot, shot box, XPT switching, and other functions as you wish. This web application can be used on any device with a web browser installed with Ethernet connection; this means that wireless operation is also supported using mobile devices. 

There are many possibilities using this application. For example, you can use it with the control panel as a shot box or assist the main switcher operator from any location; in addition, the anchor or talent can use it by themselves, switching on-air images from a sports arena and more.

Data Manager for sharing switcher data

Improves data management workflow and can reduce show set-up times, as well as making for data back-up and maintenance.

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