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Panasonic Connect announced the expansion of KAIROS, its live video production platform, to incorporate new cloud-based operation along with hardware and software updates.
The company said studios around the world are turning to cloud-based technology for its potential to deliver dynamic productions in a more efficient way. As announced a year ago, it has been working with industry partners on cloud technologies.
Panasonic Connect recently teamed up with longtime partner, LiveX, to develop Global Live Control Room. It combines the capabilities of Panasonic’s KAIROS and LiveX’s Virtual Video Control Room (VVCR). The combined technologies offer a turn-key, hybrid system that allows productions to route all cloud applications to VVCR and all on-premise gear to KAIROS.
Panasonic Connect has also partnered with Singular Live, Videon, Scoreboard OCR and Telos Infinity VIP. Through these partnerships, the Global Live Control Room will include switching, ISO recording, intercom, playback and graphics.
Michael Bergeron, Sr. Category Manager for Advanced Video Technology at Panasonic Connect, said KAIROS users will be able to do hybrid productions both on-premises and in the cloud. “They’ll have the ability to spin up other services like graphics and everything by attaching them to the cloud,” he said.
Bergeron said KAIROS is experiencing huge growth in the OTT area and with expanding sports coverage. The first year of KAIROS we targeted baseband systems, Bergeron said. “Now we are growing the system to encompass (SMPTE) ST2110 users. We’re now showing glass-to-glass-to-glass systems because it all fiber. From out of the camera into the network.”
Also, Panasonic Connect announced the new KAIROS Touch Control Panel (TCP). The panel can be implemented with a touch-panel PC to enable control from a multi-viewer to be used for switching, macro, scene selection, clip playback and other operations in the KAIROS system.
Multiple remote or on-premise operation of the TCP can be used simultaneously to control the same KAIROS Core, so producers can add a KAIROS control surface anywhere they can place a touch screen PC.
The software for the Touch Control Panel can be installed on a Windows PC with additional license activation. It will be available for the KC200 in June 2023 and later in the year for the KC100, KC1000 and KC2000.
The KC2000 will also support 200 Gbps of ST 2110 connectivity via a pair of QSFP network connections. Output capacity will expand with ten independent 4K outputs and four multi-viewer outputs, each with UHD resolution.
The KC2000 will become the new flagship core mainframe of the KAIROS lineup. It offers connectivity, high network capacity and flexibility. It will be available this summer. Full input and output capacity achieved via software will be released in fall, 2023.
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