Sony’s 4K Live Production Capabilities Grow with the Addition of a Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and Updated Firmware for PWS-4500 Server

by Sony Pro Team 04/23/2017, in Press, Sony Professional, NAB, Production

New Solutions Enable the Addition of Metadata for Streamlined, Searchable, Transferable Content That Saves Users Time


Las Vegas, April 23, 2017 – Sony is expanding the capabilities of its 4K live production technologies, with the addition of a new Content Management Station and upgraded firmware for its PWS-4500 live production server system.


With the launch of the new PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station, Sony has added a metadata-enabled workflow that lets users efficiently and easily search for content that can be seamlessly transferred for delivery.


“Sony continues to enhance its solution for 4K broadcasting reshaping our technology and services to exceed the demands of the media industry and of consumers for 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content,” said Rob Willox, Director of Media Product Marketing at Sony Professional Solutions Americas.


Metadata-based workflows benefit large-scale live productions, especially for major sports events using numerous cameras and servers operated from OB trucks. Combining the PWS-110CM1 with the PWS-4500 system with software version 2.3 allows a server operator to enter metadata, indicate the server’s content on a network, categorize and indicate the metadata of the clips, search the clips by metadata, keywords or star ratings and transfer clips between servers, as well as external devices.  The new software for the PWS-4500 system will also enhance HDR capabilities by optimizing XAVC encoding for HD S-Log3, HD HLG and 4K/HD PQ. (Version 2.2 already supports 4K S-Log3 and 4K HLG.)


Sony’s latest 4K/HD camera systems, the HDC-4300, HDC-4800 and HDC-P43 support 4K live production alongside the series of BPU, baseband processor units and PWS-4500 server system to create a comprehensive, connected tool that is increasingly embraced by live productions worldwide.  In addition to image quality, Sony provides workflow efficiency through its Share Play operation to control editing and output of slow-motion highlights using file sharing over a dedicated 10G network linking the HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 with the PWS-4500 server system.


The PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station is planned to be available in July 2017, while PWS-4500 Version 2.3 software is planned to be available in June 2017.