Sony Upgrades BRC-X1000 & BRC-H800 Remote PTZ Cameras To Support Free-D Protocol

by | Aug 28, 2020 | News, Production, Video

Sony Professional has announed the new V2.1 firmware upgrade to the BRC-X1000/1, BRC-X1000/WPW and BRC-H800/1, BRC-H800/WPW, designed to allow producers and operators to simplify their VR/AR production workflows.

Through this update, the BRC cameras will output tracking data over IP, using the industry standard Free-D protocol.  This enables the cameras to directly feed in real time the Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus and Iris, as well as the position of the BRC Camera, making it more simple and cost effective VR/AR production without additional tracking devices or systems.

This new feature will allow productions to incorporate VR/AR into their live content, such as expanded sets or scenery, live animations, e-sports and graphic overlays, enriching their production.

Sony BRC PTZ Camera Series Photo
Sony Pro BRC-X1000/1, BRC-X1000/WPW and BRC-H800/1, BRC-H800/WPW remote PTZ cameras.

Free-D protocol is an industry standard, supported by major AR/VR solutions providers. BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 are currently under verification with The Future Group (Pixotope), Reckeen, Vizrt and Zero Density, and plan to support integration with other partners implementing Free-D data.

As social distancing and reduced operational crews increase, the update will also improve the Pan/Tilt/Zoom operations of the BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800.  A reduced minimum speed allows the camera to more accurately track an object on the set and facilitate shot framing.  The output is designed to be more realistic and smoother, even with non-professional operators.  Additionally, the cameras will now focus as soon as the preset is recalled, at the same time as the PTZ function, to enable more natural camera movements.  Control when using a physical remote controller such as a pan-bar one will also be supported.

The firmware V2.1 upgrade for BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800  is planned to be available for free on August 31 at pro.sony.

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