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KAIROS Live Video Processing Platform

More Than a Switcher

The KAIROS live production platform is a revolution in how live video content is created. Achieving flexibility in all levels of production unlike any existing hardware-based systems, KAIROS breaks new ground for live video production.

Introduction to the KAIROS System

KAIROS is an IT/IP platform that gives production professionals unlimited control to deliver rich content to multiple screens and streams. Utilizing the power and flexibility of GPU and CPU processing KAIROS delivers unrestricted flexibility for the combination of many video and graphical sources. Panasonic has long been a pioneer in live switcher technology and was active in developing SMPTE 2110 (ST 2110) protocol for the broadcast industry. ST 2110 combines the scalability of IP with the broadcast spec performance of SDI, and marries uncompressed sub frame latency with IP multicast connectivity. For more advanced deployments, KAIROS adds ST 2110 to its standard baseband and streaming connectivity for an unparalleled input/output flexibility that pairs perfectly with the content creation flexibility of its GPU/CPU processing. The end user will simply see an intuitive layer based interface, and powerful content creation with a quick learning curve. The word kairos describes the opportune moment in time and space to make a decision or to deliver an argument; the moment you have the clarity to move forward. This is the KAIROS moment.


Key Benefits of the KAIROS Solution

KAIROS is the ultimate IT/IP platform solution that gives you unlimited control to unleash your creative vision and craft amazingly immersive experiences. KAIROS is more than a typical switcher as it achieves high performance by fully utilizing the power and flexibility of its CPU and GPU and frees you from the constraints of a traditional hardware-based system. KAIROS offers unrestricted flexibility of input, output and operation for efficient production of live video that captivates audiences. Here are the key benefits of deploying the KAIROS solution for your live video processing needs.


Creative freedom of layer-based content creation

  • Arrange live video content sources on a field, like images in photoshop
  • Unconstrained layers
  • Transitions applicable to any layer
  • Custom Canvas for any size or shape display screen wall or ribbon

Fast & easy combination of video, graphics and images from a variety of sources

  • Simultaneous baseband, streaming, NDI & ST 2110
  • Simultaneous HD, 3G, 4K & IT/AV display resolutions

Live, uncompressed, low latency processing for lip sync & IMAG for any screen type

  • Uncompressed I/O through baseband or network
  • Internal clips and graphics decoded for instantaneous access
  • Streaming sources decoded for processing

More independent output from one system to manage more streams & screens

  • Drive IMAG, live broadcast, LED walls, web streams & front of the house displays from a single system

Network I/O and control supports multiple simultaneous productions from one system

  • Network based control of set-ups, transitions and peripheral gear from a single interface & with multiple controls
  • Multicast inputs can feed multiple destinations

Enterprise level reliability with desktop ease of use

  • Linux Server w/ desktop user interface

Upgradable & expandable

  • Add network sources & capacity
  • Add multiple control surfaces
  • Add additional cores
  • Extend to remote streaming sources

KAIROS System Components & Configuration

Here are the key components of the KAIROS live video processing system solution.

  • AT-SF001 Software Key 4K option
  • AT-SF002 Software Key I/O option
  • AT-SF003 Software Key Canvas option
  • AT-SFE03 Software Key NMOS Option
  • AT-SF005 Software Key Audio Mixer Option

Comparing the KC1000 & the KC100

  AT-KC100 AT-KC1000
3G In Up to 32 (with AT-SF002 I/O option) 32
3G Out Up to 16 (with AT-SF002 I/O option) 20
4K UHD In Up to 8 (with AT-SF002 I/O option) 8
4K UHD Out Up to 4 (with AT-SF002 I/O option) 5
RTP/RTMP/RTSP/SRT 6 in, 2 Out, HD only
(RTSP input only)
8 in, 2 Out, HD only (RTSP input only)
NDI 2in, 2 out, HD Only 2in, 2 out, HD Only
Modular Cards for Custom I/O Yes; 8 DeltaCast ports Included (3G, 12G, HDMI, DP) Yes; 8 DeltaCast ports Included (3G, 12G, HDMI, DP)
Canvas Key Optional (up to 8K, 32Mpixels) Included (up to 8K, 32Mpixels)
Max Canvas Output Optional (up to 8K, 32Mpixels) 10-bit Included (up to 8K, 32Mpixels) 10-bit
HD Mixing Layers Unlimited Unlimited
4k Mixing Layers Unlimited Unlimited
IP IO QSFP x 1 (100GbE) QSFP x 1 (100GbE)
RAM Player 8ch, 24GB, Uncompressed 8ch, 64GB, Uncompressed
Image store 750MB storage approx. 12GB storage
Clip Player 2ch, 70GB, Compressed 2ch, 180GB, Compressed
Multiviewer 2;  4K/HD, (up to 36PiP) 2;  4K/HD, (up to 36PiP)
PTP Sync Yes; Support for QSFP and GbE port Yes; Support for QSFP and GbE port
Supports ST2110 Yes Yes
4K SW Key Optional (up to 8K, 32Mpixels) Included (up to 8K, 32Mpixels)
Audio Optional; AES67, Dante compatible w/broadway chip set, 16  Channel mixer w/16 source mapping options. Optional; AES67, Dante compatible w/broadway chip set, 16  Channel mixer w/16 source mapping options.
NMOS Optional Optional
HDR Handling Testing HDR workflow Testing HDR workflow
Redundant power Yes: 2 Yes: 2


KAIROS Alliance Partners

AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS AV Stumpfl Brainstorm Multimedia ChyronHego Cisco Systems, Inc.
Deltacast Densitron Grass Valley Green Hippo Imagine Communications
Intel KST Moschkau GmbH Leader LiveU Mellanox Technologies
NewTek NVIDIA RIEDEL Simplylive Telestream
TSL Products Vizrt      


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