4K/3G/HD multi-format IP-ready video switcher
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Powerful switcher sits at the heart of IP Live and 4K and HD production operations

The XVS-8000 multi-format video switcher delivers massive benefits in terms of flexibility and operability for large production, giving you the ability to realize a powerful mixed environment with SDI and IP. Utilizing the flexible ICP-X7000 X-Panel assignable modular design, you can configure the control panel to suit your specific operations.
The XVS-8000 provides you with a powerful 4K-production capability, including DME. Advanced IP and SDI interfaces are compatible with the full XVS switcher line-up. Optional 100G IP interface boards support SMPTE ST 2110 standards, both in 4K and HD in a single stream, while 12G SDI interface boards increase flexibility further by enabling IP/SDI hybrid operation.

Ready for IP Live

A core component of Sony's IP Live production system, the XVS-8000 supports the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of open standards for professional media over managed IP networks, enabling a mixed IP and SDI production environment. 100G IP boards support 4K and HD in a single stream, with on-board format conversion offered.
*Format converter on 100G IP board is available on the input side only.

12G-SDI based live switcher

The XVS-8000 supports 12G-SDI interfaces functioning on-board format conversion for incoming video signal to offer greater options for applications such as in-house studios, OB vehicles, and flypacks.

Powerful 4K production capabilities

4K production capabilities include 5 M/E, 40 inputs, 12 assignable outputs for 4K and format converter outputs, plus up to 10 full keyers and 10 sub keyers, enabling simultaneous 4K and HD operation. Key freeze is a new feature in 4K to store a still image in a 4K full keyer. With the optional mix effect board XKS-8215, the number of full keyers can be increased up to 20.

4K 3D Digital Multi Effects (DME)

The newly developed 4K DME board offers up to 2 channels of floating 4K 3D DME capability.

Evolutionary switcher controller

The XVS-8000 utilizes the ICP-X7000 X-Panel for flexible panel configuration with a modular-style design, OLED display, RGB XPT buttons, and LCD button pad. The button layout is also re-designed. The X-Panel has a flexible mounting style for flat or curved mounting, or even for splitting into two positions.

Switcher Processor Options
Multi-format Switcher Processor

• XKS-S8110 - SDI Input Connector Board
• XKS-S8111 - SDI Input and FC Connector Board
• XKS-S8112 - 12G-SDI Input Board
• XKS-C8111 - 100G IP Input Board
• XKS-8160 - Output Processor Board
• XKS-S8165 - SDI Output Connector Board
• XKS-S8167 - 12G-SDI Output Board
• XKS-C8166 - 100G IP Output Board
• XKS-8210 - Mix Effect Board
• XKS-8215 - Mix Effect Board
• XKS-8440 - Frame Memory Board
• XKS-8460 - Format Converter Board
• XKS-8470 - HD DME Board
• XKS-8475 - DME Board
• XZS-8200 - Multi Program 2 Software
• XZS-8510 - Switcher Upgrade Software (4K Upgrade for 1st ME Board)
• XZS-8520 - Switcher Upgrade Software (4K Upgrade for 2nd ME Board)
• XZS-8530 - Switcher Upgrade Software (4K Upgrade for 3rd ME Board)
• XZS-8540 - Switcher Upgrade Software (4K Upgrade for 4th ME Board)
• XZS-8550 - Switcher Upgrade Software (4K Upgrade for 5th ME Board)
• XZS-8600 - HDR Conversion Software (for 12G-SDI Input Board)

Switcher Control PanelICP-X7000 Series

• MKS-X7011 – Menu Panel
• MKS-X7017 – 36 XPT Module
• MKS-X7018 – 28 XPT Module
• MKS-X7019 – 20 XPT Module
• MKS-X7020 – Standard Transition Module
• MKS-X7021 – Simple Transition Module
• MKS-X7023 – Key Transition Module
• MKS-X7024 – FlexiPad Module
• MKS-X7026 – 10-key Pad Module
• MKS-X7031TB – Track Ball Module
• MKS-X7032 – Key Fader Module
• MKS-X7033 – Utility/Shot Box Module
• MKS-X7035 – Key Control Module
• MKS-X7040 – Blank Panel (1/3)
• MKS-X7041 – Blank Panel (1/2)
• MKS-X7042 – Blank Panel (1/6)
• MKS-X7075 – Extension Adaptor
• PWS-110SC1 – Switcher Control Station

Aux Bus Remote Panel

• MKS-R1620 – 16 Button Remote Control Panel
• MKS-R3210 – 32 Button Remote Control Panel

Device Control Unit

• MKS-X2700 – System Interface Unit
• MKS-X7700 – System Interface Unit
• MKS-X7701 – Tally/GPI Output Board
• MKS-X7702 – Serial Interface Board

Virtual Shot Box Software

• BZPS-7020 - Virtual Shot Box Base Software
• BZPS-7021 - Virtual Shot Box Additional Software

Virtual Menu

• BZPS-7030 – Virtual Menu Base Software
• BZPS-7031 – Virtual Menu Additional Software

Virtual Panel

• BZPS-7040 – Virtual Panel Base Software
• BZPS-7041 – Virtual Panel Additional Software

Automation Software

• BZPS-7700 Automation Interface Software

SNMP Agent Software

• XZS-C81SN – ST2110 SNMP Agent Software


SMPTE ST 2110 over 100G IP interface in 4K and HD

Sony's IP Live Production System enables efficient, flexible workflows with support—via 100G based IP interface boards—for the SMPTE ST 2110 Media Transport and AMWA NMOS Control and Management Layer standards. While conventional systems require multiple cabling types to carry various signals (video, audio, reference, metadata, and control data), SMPTE ST 2110 requires only a single network cable connection through standard network switches. The 100G IP board supports input or output conversion. Remote monitoring with SNMP Agent Software is also available.

12G-SDI interfaces

12G-SDI input and output boards further expand the line-up of XVS interface options. The 12G-SDI interface boards have on-board input format converter, and input signal can be converted to an appropriate video signal.

Highly flexible and scalable configurations

The XVS-8000 can be freely configured to suit specific needs in terms of operation, resolution, frame rate, number of inputs/outputs, number of M/E banks, and more.

5 M/E for large 4K production systems

5 M/E functionality enables you to operate with different video formats per M/E, allowing 4K and HD simultaneous operation.

40 inputs and 12 assignable outputs for 4K

Up to 40 inputs and up to 12 assignable outputs are configurable depending on operational needs. Additional format converter outputs* and 2 channels of multi-viewer are also available.* The number of additional Format Converter outputs depends on format selection, from 4 to 16.

Resource sharing for multiple productions

Support for resource sharing enables a flexible and efficient production environment, with a single processor configurable to perform multiple disparate tasks. Processing features such as inputs/outputs and mix effect banks can be allocated to different control panels either within or outside the facility, providing the ultimate in scalable local and/or remote operations.

Variety video format support

4K 2160p (2SI/SQD) / 59.94, 50
4K 2160PsF (1.5G quad-link) / 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98
1080p Level-A / 59.94, 50
1080i / 59.94, 50
1080PsF / 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98
720p / 59.94, 50

Up and down conversion between 4K, HD and SD

The XVS-8000 switcher allows up-/down-/cross-/level conversion between 4K, HD, and SD using optional format converter board XKS-8460, as well as the 100G IP, 12G SDI, or 3G-SDI input boards. These options provide up- and down-conversion between 4K (2160p) and HD (1080p, 1080i), between HD (1080p, 1080i, and 720p) and SD (480i and 576i), cross-conversion between 4K 2SI and 4K SQD, and between 1080i and 720p.

HDR conversion for Sony SR-Live workflow

SDR to HDR conversion (or vise versa) for source input is supported on 12G-SDI input board by an optional license. The HDRC channel assignment and HDRC parameter settings are available by operational menu. (Upgrade required)

Sophisticated layering on M/E cards

Eight keyers in HD or four keyers in 4K on individual M/E cards permit sophisticated layering techniques. Each keyer has its own auto-transition control separately from the main fader, allowing insertion or removal of keys on an individual basis with dissolves or wipes, or DME wipes.* All full keyers with 2.5D resizer and chroma key are available in both 4K and HD, as well as additional Sub Keyers* with linear and luminance key in 4K.

*Sub Keyer is an additional keyer which allows linear and luminance keying for 4K content. In the new Mix Effect board XKS-8215, all keyers will be full keyer.

Variety of M/E mode selections

Using the advanced mix effect modes in the XVS-8000, one bank can be configured to control not only the main M/E output, but also a sub mix from that M/E. This Multi Program 2 mode is perfect for producing multiple outputs of the same event, for example, "clean" and "dirty" feeds of a soccer match from within the same M/E.

Adjustable resizer function for each keyer

The resizer function allows you to create simple 2.5D DME effects with every full keyer, with adjustable parameters such as Expand, Shrink, Locate, Rotate X, and Rotate Y.

Precise effects

Fine key technology allows precise adjustment of key positions and border widths on a sub-pixel level within the range of 8H on these switchers. For additional power and user convenience, the XVS-8000 also features Sony's unique Processed Key mode and DME-link function.

Enhanced frame memory system with 4K CG wipe

4K CG wipe is available, together with audio. The processor has an enhanced frame memory system, with instant recall of up to 1,250 frames (equivalent to an approx. 20 seconds) available as source in 4K. Additionally, more frames are available from the embedded capacity SSD.

Mix function on aux bus outputs

The switcher provides a mix transition, rather than a hard cut on aux bus outputs.

Color correction function

Color correction (CCR) is available on every aux output as standard. CCR is also available for inputs where the format conversion is available.

Simplified live operations with programmable macros

Macros are extremely useful in live environments when time is critical and there is no tolerance for making operational mistakes. Using the FlexiPad module, or the UTIL/ShotBox module, users can simply record operational sequences, then store and assign them to any desired button. Not only can macros record complex panel operational sequences, but menu operation can also be recorded as a Menu macro. Macros can be edited either directly from the control panel or by using the touch-screen menu display.
Software version 3.4 or later, multiple macros can run simultaneously.

Optional integrated DME processor

Up to four channels in HD or two channels in 4K of 3D DMEs, not only 3D linear effects but 3D non-linear effects, for 4K system is available via new 4K DME option boards.

External device control

External devices such as video servers and graphics systems can be controlled using MKS-X7700 or MKS-X2700 device control units via RS-422 and IP. The system supports a variety of remote protocols including VDCP, Odetics, AMP and Rosstalk.

Intelligent multi-functional tally system

The XVS-8000 provides an intelligent, multifunctional tally system that seamlessly integrates switcher and router tally functions via parallel tally ports, serial tally ports, and IP ports. Multiple on-air and recording tallies can easily be programmed on the switcher system so that even complex tally requirements are accommodated. Extra parallel tally ports can be obtained simply by adding tally boards to the MKS-X7700 or by using the MKS-X2700.

Flexible X-Panel assignable modular design

The ICP-X7000 X-Panel offers flexible panel configuration with a modular style design, OLED display, RGB XPT buttons and LCD button pad. The button layout is also re-designed. The X-Panel has a flexible mounting style for flat or curved mounting, or even for splitting into two positions. XPT FlexiPad allows function-mapping customization according to your operators' preferences.

Multi-panel configurations increase your options

Up to four control panels can be connected to further increase production options.

More freedom of control with the Virtual Panel, Virtual Menu, and Virtual Shot Box

The XVS Series switcher can be controlled remotely via Ethernet using Virtual Panel, Virtual Menu, and Virtual Shot Box web applications. Virtual Panel is a GUI version of the control panel which can be easily configured to suit user preferences. In Virtual Shot Box, buttons and functions are customizable to allow assignment of macro, snapshot, shot box, XPT switching, and other functions as you wish, whereas the operational menus on the Menu Panel MKS-X7011 can be utilized in the Virtual Menu application by which the engineering operation can be free.
These applications can be used on a PC or a tablet* with a web browser and network connection.
*Tablet PC is not recommended for Virtual Panel.

There are many possibilities using these applications. For example, Virtual Shot Box can be used with the control panel as additional shot box buttons, or assist the main switcher operator from any location. In addition, the anchor or talent can use it themselves, switching on-air images from a sports arena, and more.

Remote operation by new Inter-Group connection

For customers needing scalable and flexible systems in multi-studio and remote setups, the XVS series switcher is capable of supporting network routing function to enable multiple LAN/WAN network connectivity. This allows remote operation capabilities by connecting the processor and the panel over Layer 3 network. The control panel can be located at a remote site away from the processor to support remote production over a long distance.
With optional Virtual Panel, Virtual Menu, and Virtual Shot Box software, the XVS Series switcher can be configured to best fit for remote production. (Upgrade required)


Power requirements
100 to 240 V ± 10% AC 50/60 Hz
Current consumption
28 A to 11.8 A (when equipped with all installable option boards)
Operating temperature
5ºC to 40ºC (41ºF to 104ºF)
Performance guaranteed temperature
10ºC to 35ºC (50ºF to 95ºF)
Storage temperature
- 20ºC to 60ºC (- 4ºF to 140ºF)
Operating humidity
10% to 90%
Dimensions (W/H/D) (excluding projections)
440 x 443.6 x 582.9 mm
Approx. 72 kg (158 lb 12 oz) (when equipped with all installable option boards)
Remote Control Connector
RJ-45, complies with 1000BASE-T standard
RJ-45, complies with 1000BASE-T standard
Reference Input
Reference input
REF IN BNC type, 75Ω with loop-through output HDTV systems: HD tri-level sync/SDTV analog black burst/SDTV analog sync SDTV systems: Analog black burst/analog sync
AC Input
AC IN A, B, C, D
3-pin AC connector
Maximum number of inputs
• BNC (x 160) for primary inputs**
Maximum number of outputs
• BNC (x48) for outputs** • BNC (x16) for format converter outputs** • BNC (x8) for Multi Viewer (2CH)**
For future use
Alternative connections for QSFP+ and QSFP28 are available