Panasonic releases live video production platform Kairos

Panasonic has announced the release of Kairos, its latest IT/IP live video production platform.

Kairos is said to improve the quality and productivity of live video production and video streaming services for broadcasters and event producers of professional sports games, musical concerts and other events.

The platform is based on open software, meaning that it can take the various components of a live programme output and virtualise them. It can sit at the centre of a production by taking feeds from multiple sources, and outputting them to a multitude of projectors, displays and LED video walls for example.

Kairos runs on CPU and GPU architecture, enabling a low system latency of just a single frame, whilst ensuring system flexibility and scalability. It is compatible with not only baseband signals such as SDI, but also a diversity of other video inputs and outputs, including ST 2110 and NDI.

Fully supporting the latest IP technology, Kairos helps realise remote operation of live video production. The platform also supports Precision Time Protocol (PTP) synchronisation, allowing it to capture the immediacy and atmosphere of sports events and musical performances in the live videos.

Alongside the platform, Panasonic have also released a new graphical user interface (GUI), Kairos Creator. Within the GUI, Kairos is able to manage an unlimited amount of video layers, and an unrestricted number of MEs or keys as found with conventional hardware platforms, whilst the canvas screen is unhampered by resolution or format.

Panasonic has also created a dedicated hardware panel called Kairos Control, which supports the move towards remote production, as both Kairos Creator and Kairos Control sites can be added to a network wherever an operator or engineer needs to be.


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