In addition to announcing pricing for its 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs at its NAB press event, Sony unveiled updates to its Anycast studio-in-a-box. Sony has been offering its live broadcasting all-in-one for quite some time, but the Anycast Touch (AWS-750) unveiled today features several updates, including sliding dual touch displays. (The product looks more like a beefed-up Duo 11 than a bulky suitcase, which can't be said about earlier models from the Anycast line.) A tilt-screen function lets you split audio- and video-editing functions between the two panels, and you'll be able to bring up video sources just by tapping their thumbnails on-screen.
Aside from the new touchscreen design, the Anycast Touch offers all the A/V essentials: a video switcher, audio mixer, a special effects generator, an encoder and a scale converter. Video output tops out at 1080p with 10-bit processing, though other specs, such as display size, are TBA. Sony hasn't discussed pricing yet, but it did reveal that the Anycast Touch will go on sale in September -- we imagine additional details will surface before that far-off date.
SONY'S NEW ANYCAST TOUCH ADDS FAMILIAR EASY-TO-USE INTERFACE TO ITS POWERFUL AND PORTABLE LIVE PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Las Vegas, NAB Booth C11001, April 7, 2013 -- Sony's new Anycast Touch system combines
the familiar touch-screen interface common in mobile devices with full-scale A/V
performance. This affordable, easy-to-use, ultra-portable all-in-one live production system is
ideal for live broadcasting or webcasting in applications such as education, corporate,
government, houses of worship, sports and more.
The Anycast Touch system combines a video switcher, audio mixer, special effects
generator, PTZ camera control, a real-time streaming encoder, image still store, character
generator, and scale converter. It uses a sliding, dual touch-screen interface similar to a
tablet. A unique tilt-screen function allows the two dual screens to split video and audio
controls and conveniently store them in scene folders with settings including titles, logos and
effects. Operators can recall the next video source just by touching its thumbnail picture,
and content can be easily streamed live over the internet or a dedicated network.
Sony's Anycast Touch live production system
The Anycast Touch system eliminates the additional hardware typically required for professional live streaming such as encoders, video recorders, audio mixers, titlers and remote camera controllers.
The new system (model AWS-750) is an evolution of Sony's popular Anycast AWS-G500. Enhancing the original system's portability, flexibility and scalability, Anycast Touch offers incredible picture quality for live production. The system can produce full HD (1920x1080) content with 10-bit processing to produce extremely clear, highly detailed pictures either in SD, HD or a mix of both.
Sony's Anycast Touch live production system will be available in September 2013.