The Modular Live System MLS-X1 is an innovative new production switcher platform.
Highly reconfigurable to meet a wide range of live production requirements, it provides extensive processing power and scalability to enhance your creative production possibilities.
The MLS-X1 inherits the operability, reliability and capability of Sony professional switchers refined over decades of demanding live operations.
Now there’s no need for a monolithic switcher chassis that’s dimensioned to cater to the largest project. Instead, multiple smaller processing units can be rapidly configured according to the requirements of any production. With the MLS-X1, you’ve got the power to cater for large-scale events – including multi-program and multi-format productions – plus the agility to meet future demands.
Networked Live by Sony enables flexible, high-quality live content production through seamless hybrid distributed production between on-premise and cloud. Resource sharing between geographically distant locations enables high quality live production and processing from anywhere.
As one element within our Networked Live solution, the MLS-X1 improves your business agility with its reconfigurability and power. It supports a wide range of use cases – including studio, OB van, and remote productions – to help expand your business more flexibly.
Transforming the possibilities of distributed production, the MLS-X1 complements your current workstyle while helping realize sustainable new live production business operations.
The MLS-X1 is ideal for day-to-day productions as well as large-scale projects that only occur a few times a year.
Each MLS-X1 unit is connected by a network, and its physical structure can be changed dynamically to suit your needs. Logical switchers can be configured using one to multiple MLS-X1 units as needed, avoiding the need to prepare in advance for excessive capacity or functionality that isn’t regularly used in day-to-day productions. Redundant systems – an essential for live production – can be flexibly selected from different modes such as N+1 to N+N.
The extensive system reconfiguration capabilities of the MLS-X1 offer optimized production efficiency, reliability and security… now and in the future.
For large-scale events, multiple MLS-X1 units can be linked to other units assigned to other studios, instantly expanding the system’s power and capacity.
As shown here, even if one MLS-X1 cluster is normally used for the production of three different simultaneous programs, it’s possible to interconnect MLS-X1 units in multiple studios for a very large-scale production, while a remaining logical switcher can continue its usual production duties.
The MLS-X1 supports both 100G-IP and 12G/3G/1.5G-SDI input and output interfaces. Both interfaces provide format conversion for incoming and outgoing video signals. A logical switcher configuration consisting of multiple MLS-X1 units with both IP and SDI interface is also possible for mixed IP and SDI operation.
Using Sony’s unique “Dual Simul” function and scalable configuration, multiple programs can be produced from a single control panel by assigning the necessary number of processing units for each production in multiple simultaneous productions such as 4K (UHD) + HD.
The MLS-X1 can handle multiple simultaneous productions such as 4K(UHD)/HD multi format production, or Host feed + Unilateral feed, as is typically required for sports live productions.
Using Sony’s unique ‘Dual Simul’ function, all of these can be produced with one panel and one crew, or multiple panels and crews as the program requirements demand.
The MLS-X1 features a built-in clip player. This allows content on a network connected PC or in the cloud to be pre-stored on the system’s internal SSD via a PC and readily used for live production.
The system supports 4-channel HD/2-channel UHD, with future expansion planned for multiple box stacks.
The built-in Frame Synchronizer, Format Converter and HDR Converter reduce the number of external devices required, making it possible to build a highly compact system for live use.
Other creative features include 3D digital multi-effects, extra still logo keys and multi-viewer.
Expand your production style and capability with the MLS-X1, one of the key components of Networked Live – the enabler for distributed production and integrated operations in a new era of live production.
In Networked Live, the MLS-X1 exists as a processing component. Going beyond the capabilities of a traditional switcher, it supports not only simple remote production, but also distributed production that integrates multiple systems and multiple locations.
Whether on-premise or in the cloud, onsite or remotely, the MLS-X1 enables integrated operational control of processors at multiple locations from a single user interface.
There’s no need to prepare multiple production crews, reducing the number of people and equipment required to travel to remote sites. By eliminating travel time and the ability to operate from any location, the MLS-X1 enables the best members of your team to be deployed on live productions without being restricted by time or location.