Sony MCX-500 Compact / Live streamer Mixer and switcher
Sony MCX-500 has finally introduced and launched the most economical, compact, lightweight rugged switcher in year 2017. This model will be available for sales in Feb 2017.
Weighting only less than 2.5 kg with built in streaming server ( support only Ustream at the moment ) , integrated with audio mixer and multiple creative video switching and recording functions, designed ideally for Live event, webbing and simple Video production. It can be operated under OMO (one man operation). Most interestingly, it is marketed at price for USD 2200
Unlike others, Sony MCX-500 is integrated with an audio mixing (thus require no additional Audio mixer) function. It supports mixing of a Stereo XLR interface from external source with 4 embedded audio from the video source. Each audio source can be controlled individually. On its LCD-touch screen you can turn on /off the audio source. And the 4 channel button allow you to select the program out to be linked with Video source. Pre-Fader Listen (PFL) allows you to monitor each audio source before executing the mix.
Audio Volume can be adjusted on the mixer panel to required level before mixing.
Video Mixing, Recording and Streaming
With Sony MC-X500 you have the luxury to select and mix from 9 inputs – 8 Video source and 1 Title. However to enable the mixing, 4 Video source has to be selected each time on the front panel. The Choice of video input include 4 x SDI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x Composite (CVB) and a delegated RGB input allowing to input the tittle source from your PC or Mac.
Only 4 selected video source will be able to view in its Multi-View monitoring function.
Without having a PC, you can perform a live stream of your final program out from MC-X500 to Ustream.
This is the not the end yet, you can too record the program out using SD card in its SD slot. So it is designed more than a mixer, a recorder also. Recording format is AVCHD with 4:2:0/8 bit color space and with a Max bitrate of 28Mbps. You can record AVCHD Full HD at 1920×1080 50/60i or 1440×1080 50/60i. At the end of the day, your client will be happy to receive the final product on the spot with final product kept in SD card.
Effect and remote control
To meet the industry standard, following feature are available.
1. Transitions and effect
2. Chroma Key
3. P in P
5. Logo – (requires future firmware update)
The Sony MCX-500 can be controlled remotely and fully by locating its IP address, you can control it over your PC and Mac. The user’s interface mirror the control panel thus user’s friendly. With this remote function on your device, you can access more than control. You are able to select the transition speed and type of effect which are available in the selection panel.
Seamless integration and perfect match with Sony camcorders and PTZ cameras
The Sony MCX-500 works intelligently with some of the most popular Sony professional camcorders like HXR-NX5R and also remote cameras including Sony BRC Series PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) HD camera.
Synchronized recording of connected cameras
You can trigger the recording of connected camcorders through the Sony MCX-500 control interface and record the program output on SD card in the switcher recording slot.
Creative tally system
Tally signals can be transported to the connected camcorders. A tally indicator will automatically appear on each camcorder’s LCD panel and Electronic View Finder – a red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while green indicates preview mode (PVW).*
* Compatible camcorders only.