The platform, Kairos, was developed based on a new concept and architecture and allows proprietary and innovative software to be executed on the GPU.
The Panasonic Corporation has released Kairos, a next-generation IT/IP live video production platform to the UAE markets. The new video production platform from Japanese electronics manufacturer is designed to deliver improved quality and productivity to live video production, venue preparation and video streaming services of broadcasters and event producers for professional sports games, musical concerts and other events.
Kairos allows flexible combination of a diversity of input and output interfaces. The platform aims to support baseband signals (12G/3G/HD-SDI, HDMI, DisplayPort) and IP packets (ST 2110, NDI, RTP).
Up to 32 inputs and 16 independent outputs can be used simultaneously in the case of HD (3G). Up to eight inputs and four independent outputs can be used simultaneously in the case of 4K (UHD).
Two customisable multi-viewer outputs (DisplayPort) can display up to 36 images. It also supports PTP (Precision Time Control) synchronisation and allows the use of ST 2110-based system.
Kairos is unrestricted by the number of MEs or keys. Layers can be placed as many as the GPU capability permits, and keys, scaling, and other effects can be applied.
The Canvas function (optional) promises to enable the production of videos in a special format, such as 32:9 (for wall display). The multi-viewer displays special-format videos in the original format.
Live images of sports events and musical performances can be captured with the ambiences intact. They are equipped with a RAM recorder (8-ch, uncompressed) and Media Player (HD 2-ch, compressed) to enable the in-system playback of video files and their use as video sources. They also support still-image files.
Kairos also comes with an intuitive GUI, control panel with user-assignable keys, software-based operability and expandability. The GUI control panel can be displayed for space-saving operation.
To enable swift utilisation of rapidly evolving software and hardware ecosystem, Panasonic has established a concept called “Kairos Alliance Partners”, through which the company promotes linkage with the partners’ products as well as system integration with the aim of establishing Kairos as a de facto standard of next-generation video production platforms.
Panasonic proposes the new concept, “Smart Live Production” and Kairos plays the central role in enhancing creativity. It continues to promote Kairos that links Panasonic’s reputed products such as cameras for capturing images and projectors/displays for presenting images.