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Sony Expands XAVC Format Ramps Up 4K Development and Drops XAVC S:

The successful sale of almost 2000 Professional CineAlta 4K cameras such as the F5, F55 and F65 models as of April 2013; the XAVC format has been considered to be widely adopted in the marketplace. The XAVC format holds various advantages for high quality image reproduction including 4K pixel resolution, 10 bit colour depth, wide colour space (S-Gamut) and refined gamma (S-log).

XAVC S

With this in mind Sony has announced a newer form of XAVC: XAVC S Long GOP (4K 4:2:0 and HD 4:2:2) as choice of high-efficiency codec to serve more widely the requirements of the content production market. In addition, to serve the consumer market, “XAVC S” employing MP4 wrapping format is also introduced as its expansion of XAVC. This expansion will encourage growth of 4K content in the consumer market.

“XAVC S” profile

– Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160), HD, and Proxy
– Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
– Wrapping format: MP4
– Audio: Linear PCM and AAC

Note: Each manufacturer will decide which profile and operating point of XAVC they will implement in their products. Sony hereby assures XAVC format to be a video recording format that covers both of professional and consumer market.

XAVC Partners

XAVC is introduced as an open format, to serve as a driver to promote and establish 4K content production infrastructure. A license program is proposed not only for editing software manufacturers but also for hardware manufacturers. Currently, over 60 manufacturers have filed a request to become a licensee, and 30 manufacturers’ products plan on their support for Sony XAVC format and workflow.

HT to Sony Community for the heads up.

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