Panasonic unveils KAIROS, “the future of video production”

Kairos IT/IP Centric Live Video Processing Platform by Panasonic

Panasonic has announced KAIROS, a next generation live production IT/IP video processing platform that offers an open architecture system for live video switching with input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, “maximum” CPU/GPU processor utilization and “virtually unlimited” ME scalability. As a native IP, ST 2110 system, KAIROS supports transitions to live IP workflows and “can eliminate dedicated hardware constraints”, according to the company. For television studios, KAIROS integrates into a facility’s ST 2110 infrastructure without requiring additional IP gateways.

The platform features standardized IP connectivity in place of one-to-one video inputs and outputs. KAIROS also features uncompressed processing of SDI, ST 2110 as well as NDI streams of any resolution such as HD and UHD and in any format, whether 16:9 or nontraditional formats such as 32:9 for an LED backdrop display. KAIROS processing latency can be as low as one frame and also supports Precision Time Protocol (PTP) synchronization.

KAIROS system centers around the Kairos Core, main frame, which handles all video processing. Version 1 main frame will manage video I/O through a Deltacast gateway card and/or a Mellanox 100 GbE NIC (Network Interface Card) connection to COTS IP devices and SDI and HDMI gateways. Control will all be managed on devices operating over a separate Gbit Ethernet including Kairos Creator, GUI software for set up and software-based control panel and Kairos Control, Panasonic’s 2ME style hardware control panel.

Panasonic also announced it has established a KAIROS Alliance Partners program which includes IP COTS hardware manufacturers and leading vendors of graphics, automation, and media servers.

Furthermore, Panasonic has unveiled the AW-UE100W/K, a 4K PTZ camera that includes various outputs interfaces such as 12G-SDI and high bandwidth NDI; and the AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ 1080p HDR studio camera system.

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