Sony debuts entry-level XVS-G1 live production switcher

Sony has introduced the newest addition to its switcher family. The XVS-G1 is an entry-level, compact live production switcher designed for small to mid-size studios, outside broadcast vehicles and fly-away production units.

It features a hybrid structure which pulls together a central processing unit (CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU) and a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This combination is said to deliver both high performance and reliability, with no compromise on visual processing enhancements.

FPGA hardware enables real-time processing in 4K (UHD), wide colour gamut, high-dynamic range imaging with an ultra-low latency. The graphics processing engine enables multiple creative functions as it is enhanced with features like a built-in clip player and 3D digital multi-effects. The enhanced multiviewer enables the display of multiple types of information such as audio level meters and multi-layer captions overlay.

Multiple HDR format conversion options are available as well as compatibility with the Sony SR live workflow.

The XVS-G1 system comes with an optional clip player, for the first time in a Sony live production switcher. Four channels are available in both HD and 4K (UHD) modes with each having the ability to playback clips of up to 60 minutes in duration. Widely available AVC codec files in MOV or MP4 container format are supported and back-up storage of all clips is available on the internal SSD.

Media files are loaded into the internal SSD storage device directly from a menu display on a PC or tablet.

The user menu is based on a newly designed web application with an optimised menu structure that reflects the live operation workflow and setup. Wireless operation can be achieved via WiFi and a PC or tablet device, and the structure is said to allow quick access to the desired menu.

Norbert Paquet, head of live production solutions, Sony Professional Europe, commented: “Our Sony switchers have a long history and reputation for their reliability and robustness. The new XVS-G1 is built on that legacy in a small compact and modular form and adds some must-have future-proof features.”

The XVS-G1 will be available in Europe from Summer 2021.

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