Sony’s solutions facilitate remote, virtual and distributed productions in all types of broadcast applications

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Sony continues to bring to market, new offerings for every type of broadcast production. These allow producers and media companies to work effectively and safely in tight spaces or work remotely, leveraging the best of a team’s expertise and creativity.

Over the past few months, agile and more streamlined production workflows have quickly become the norm, with the media industry adapting to fewer or no on-site staff and the need to be able to produce from home settings, instead of studios. This has created an acceleration in the migration towards automated and distributed productions, which depend on connected and scalable technological solutions.

Simplifying News and programme production

The last few months have seen many companies traditionally producing shows from a studio setting move to a distributed approach, with different parts of the process happening from different locations but with a centralised technological infrastructure.

Sony’s ELC is designed specifically for streamlined news production, and with, amongst others, 4 major US broadcast groups representing over 60 ELC installations have been operating during the crisis using ELC remotely. It means the production control operations can be fully distributed or in a now typical scenario, for a single home-based operator to direct the production remotely. In parallel, commentators, anchors and floor directors can be working from different locations using ELC, which means any news can be produced by a team of experts located anywhere in the world. The content resulting from this optimised production workflows benefits from the freedom of location.

Enabling Remote, Virtual and Distributed Operations

While summer 2020 saw only a few sports events being broadcast because of the ongoing pandemic, those events were produced with safety and social distancing in mind. Therefore, now more than ever, switching to an IP based infrastructure makes sense.

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