Sony XVS-G1 live video mixer enhances production at Hessischer Rundfunk’s State Parliament Studio

In the heart of Wiesbaden’s state parliament studio, Hessischer Rundfunk (hr) has embraced the future of live video mixing with the integration of Sony’s XVS-G1 live video mixer in its control room. The XVS-G1 serves as the central hub, managing all incoming signals and distributing them to two cross-media control rooms.

At the rear, a meticulously organized array of green signal cables connects to the mixer’s 44 inputs and 24 outputs. Heiko Herre, the mastermind behind the system and project planning, explains, “The XVS-G1 seamlessly handles signals from 11 cameras and other studios above, ensuring a smooth production workflow.”

Crafted to meet the dynamic demands of live productions, ranging from sports and news to entertainment programs, the XVS-G1 proves its mettle in small to medium-sized studios, outside broadcast vehicles, and mobile production units as the company states. Reaching up to 4 M/E, 44 inputs, and 24 outputs in HD/1080p mode or 2 M/E, 24 inputs, and 12 outputs in UHD mode, the mixer flexibly handlings 1.5G, 3G, or 12G signals with standard format converters for inputs and outputs.

Andreas Berghaus, Product Specialist at Sony Europe, underscores the significance of the XVS-G1 in live productions. The XVS-G1 introduces new features, including an internal clip player and the ability to convert SDR/HDR signals at both input and output.

Acording to the company, the innovation behind the XVS-G1 lies in its hybrid structure, integrating a central processor (CPU) and high-quality FPGAs alongside an optional graphics processor. This synergy ensures performance in signal and image processing with minimal latency. The mixer retains established features found in larger XVS systems, such as the 2.5D resizer, chroma key, internal image memory, ME split, multi-PGM, or macro, snapshot, and keyframe registers.


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