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Sony's Sonaps offers networked content production (23/9/2004)

Visitors to IBC can experience the future of networked content creation, production and distribution in the shape of Sonaps the flexible, scalable, totally managed production environment from Sony that enables true collaborative working for broadcasters and news teams.

At IBC this year, Sony also announces the opening of a brand new SONAPS demonstration centre at its European headquarters in Basingstoke. This permanent facility allows broadcast customers to experience the power, flexibility and speed of Sonaps in a hands-on environment.

Sonaps transforms broadcast workflow efficiencies by bringing content from tape, e-VTR, Professional Disc and live sources into a totally file based, network-centric environment for browsing and editing. Content that has been ingested and logged into Sonaps' high resolution server and database is made accessible to networked users as low resolution proxies that can be browsed, searched and shared between users with minimal impact on network resources.

Stories can be assembled quickly on any networked PC or notebook running XPRI Clip Editor for shot selection, basic editing and titling. After initial preparation, stories are filed to Sonaps' low resolution server for sharing and review. After approval, stories can be completed in high resolution form using the Sony XPRI MetaStation editor and filed to a playout server. Completed stories may also be archived via Sony PetaSite or distributed via virtually any channel from conventional broadcasting to the web, point of information systems or mobile devices.

Enabling Twenty First Century Workflows

Sonaps delivers new levels of production efficiency by harnessing the benefits of open content and metadata management standards including MXF (Material eXchange Format), MOS (Media Object Server) and UMID (Unique Material Identifier).

Sonaps' open, file-oriented architecture also makes it -the perfect partner for the Sony XDCAM family of Professional Disc production tools. Content acquired in the field with XDCAM can be ingested into Sonaps at high speed back at base, or sent from a remote location as low resolution proxies via an Internet connection. Eliminating the time-consuming bottleneck of ingesting tape-based content, Sonaps and XDCAM together bring content creation workflows into the Twenty First Century to save broadcasters time and money through greater production efficiencies.

"By bringing every phase of the production process into a networked environment, Sonaps dramatically reduces the time needed for broadcasters to get better-looking stories on air", says Chris Grey, Senior Manager, Media Solutions at Sony Europe. "Just as importantly, Sonaps can be deployed step by step, giving broadcasters the opportunity to migrate towards a totally managed, network-centric workflow while staging their investments."

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