KAIROS Live Video Production Platform
The Power to Craft Every Moment
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.
📢 Announcing the KAIROS Global Live Control Room
As first announced at NAB 2022, Panasonic Connect has been working with a growing list of industry partners to give broadcast professionals more ways to leverage cloud technologies. Most recently, Panasonic Connect teamed up with longtime partner LiveX, a leader in cloud-based production, to develop Global Live Control Room. The Global Live Control Room combines the capabilities of Panasonic’s KAIROS and LiveX’s Virtual Video Control Room (VVCR) to offer a turn-key, hybrid solution, that allows productions to route all cloud applications to VVCR and all on-premise gear to KAIROS. To further expand capabilities, Panasonic Connect has also partnered with Singular Live, Videon, Scoreboard OCR and Telos Infinity® VIP. Through these partnerships, the Global Live Control Room will include switching, ISO recording, intercom, playback, graphics, and more.
To learn more about the Global Live Control Room, check out this video.
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.
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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.
KAIROS Cloud-Based Solution
The “KAIROS cloud-based solution” is the latest in video production technology, completely moving the powerful Live Video Processing Platform into a portable, easy-to-access cloud-based tool. KAIROS’s cloud-based solution is an effective IT/IP platform solution that provides infinite, unrestricted input/output options. This allows for dynamic, impressive production – regardless of the location, spacing and user preferences.
- Live video cloud-based control panel operation
- Provides access to input settings menu, allows easy input type (ST2110/SDI/NDI) selection
- Scene creator enables software-based live video output compositing with video, layers, resolutions, transitions and more
- Multi-viewer video can be monitored in the live view
- Built-in title generator
- 4K Option (AT-SF001 Software Key)
- I/O Option (AT-SF002 Software Key)
- Canvas Option (AT-SF003 Software Key)
- NMOS Option (AT-SFE03 Software Key)
- Audio Mixer Option (AT-SF005 Software Key)
- RossTalk Option for XPression (AT-SFE01 Software Key)
Comparing the KC1000 & the KC100
|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|
|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.|
|HDR Handling||Testing HDR workflow||Testing HDR workflow|
|Redundant power||Yes: 2||Yes: 2|
KAIROS Alliance Partners
KAIROS utilizes a variety of IT ecosystems based on COTS technology and easily expands functions and integration with external devices by adding application software. Panasonic Connect partners with companies that are actively supporting KAIROS by disclosing device connection verification to users and technical cooperation to provide a more integrated system, such as control communication. We continue to strengthen the KAIROS Alliance and add more partners.
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