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Imagine partners Panasonic to drive hybrid IP production platform

In supporting broadcasters and production companies’ transition to IP infrastructures, Imagine Communications and Panasonic have established a partnership that aims to deliver hybrid and IP solutions using open, standards-based products. 

In an application for Imagine’s Selenio Network Processor (SNP), integrators have used the software-based media processing platform to provide SDI on- and off-ramp for the Panasonic KAIROS IP live video production platform. 

The 1RU SNP platform hosts a range of processing functions and manages conversions between ST 2110 and SDI, including 12G SDI as well as up-, down- and cross-conversion between HD/UHD and SDR/HDR formats. It also offers an HDR-capable production multi-viewer personality, SNP-MV, which can integrate content from different video formats and HDR systems into a display environment. 

The latest SNP release incorporates JPEG XS compression capabilities to provide low-latency interconnection that facilitates remote production workflows. The design of the SNP enables the device to be reconfigured and ensures the SNP can be field-upgraded to support new functionality as additional software modules are developed. 

John Mailhot, CTO of Networking and Infrastructure at Imagine Communications, explained, “Tightly integrated with KAIROS, the SNP delivers functionality and operational simplicity that is readily implanted, and as each customer is ready to transition to IP, SNP delivers all the ST 2110 benefits alongside its flexibility.” 

Imagine is a partner of the KAIROS Alliance, which encourages vendors to collaborate in areas like ST 2110 interoperability and device connection verification to simplify the implementation of hybrid and IP systems.

Indeed, the KAIROS platform offers an open architecture system for live video switching with input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, maximum CPU/GPU processor utilisation and ME scalability. As a native IP, ST 2110 system, KAIROS supports transitions to live IP workflows and can minimise dedicated hardware constraints. 

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