Sony launches first AI-based video and display solution

Sony Australia has launched its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Edge Analytics solution, the REA-C1000, which allows users to create video content in real-time, without the need for professional training, additional staff or equipment.

The compact and lightweight REA-C1000 uses its advanced AI-based video analytics technology to analyse the input received from connecting cameras, automatically extract the object in focus and combine it with other images in real-time on a GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). This unique technology uses motion/face detection and colour/shape recognition, effectively making the REA-C1000 the powerful brain to any connecting camera and AV setup to create professional content in a cost-effective manner for education, government and corporate organisations, keeping audiences engaged.

Sony Australia Group Manager – Business Solutions for their Professional Solutions Group, Daniel Hancox, said, “Video content has become a key method of communication in many organisations including education, government and corporate environments, and the demand for solutions that create high-quality content, offer a hassle-free shooting experience, and help distribute content quickly is rapidly increasing. The Edge Analytics REA-C1000 provides organisations on a limited budget with a cost-effective, yet powerful solution that allows organisations to easily create professional and engaging video content.”

The REA-C1000 will be one of the main attractions on Sony’s stand at Integrate 2019 and comes with five optional licenses: handwriting extraction and presenter overlay, PTZ auto-tracking, close-up by gesture, chroma key-less CG overlay* and focus area cropping*. *Available later in 2019

  • Handwriting Extraction license (REA-L0100): By optimising parameters and processing the images received from the camera, the REA-C1000, can extract hand-written objects from black and whiteboards using Sony’s unique moving/still object detection algorithm. This allows audiences to clearly see written content and diagrams as well as the gestures and expressions of the presenter simultaneously.
  • PTZ Auto Tracking license (REA-L0300): Constantly stay in frame and in focus, the REA-C1000 can accurately and smoothly track a presenter throughout the presentation. This feature provides users with a tracking solution without having to invest in a camera operator.
  • Close-up by gesture license (REA-L0200): The REA-C1000can detect and react to the gestures of the audience, displaying the overview image and zoomed image in real-time. When an individual stands up, the REA-C1000 can trigger the camera to electronically auto-zoom in on that person. This is particularly useful in education environments and in corporate presentation settings such as Q&A session.
  • Chroma key-less CG overlay license (available later in 2019): Based on Sony’s motion detection technology, this function can extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background, without the need for dedicated backscreen or special training. Users can create appealing content easily to engage their audiences.
  • Focus Area Cropping licence (available later in 2019): Using this license, image from one camera can be simultaneously shown as two different output images. The users can get an overview image in 4K and a cropped image in HD. The cropped area can be static or dynamic to follow the speaker’s movement.

After an initial 60 day free-of-charge trial period, the above features can be activated permanently through separate licences, providing users with the freedom to customise features based on their individual needs and budget.

Leveraging Sony’s know-how in image quality and their heritage in camera development, the REA-C1000 supports 4K/HD input and output, and connects directly to Sony’s PTZ cameras – BRC series and SRG series – as well as its range of XDCAM camcorders, which boast outstanding image quality and are widely used within the broadcast industry. Further, thanks to its HDMI network connection, the REA-C1000 can be seamlessly integrated into various common AV setups involving either multiple displays, large screen projections with monitors, or even live-streaming projects.

Visitors to Integrate 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27-29 August will be able to experience an interactive demonstration of the REA-C1000 on Sony’s stand. To watch a video of the Edge Analytics Sony REA-C1000 solution in action go to: https://youtu.be/lsrQm6slrh4

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