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Sony’s REA-C1000 Uses AI-based Technology to Create Engaging Video Content with Ease

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Creating engaging video content just got easier with Sony’s REA-C1000 Edge Analytics Appliance. The intelligent video analytics technology utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist in the creation of real time professional video presentations without the need for specialized training, additional staff or equipment.

The compact and lightweight REA-C1000 uses its advanced AI-based video analytics technology to analyze the input it receives from connected cameras and automatically extracts the object in focus to combine it with other images in real time on a GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). This unique technology using motion/face detection and color/shape recognition, effectively makes the REA-C1000 the powerful brain of any connected camera and AV setup, allowing education, government and corporate organizations to cost-effectively create professional content that keeps audiences engaged.

The REA-C1000, planned to be available in spring 2019, comes with the following optional features:

Handwriting Extraction and Presenter Overlay

By optimizing parameters and processing the images received from the camera, the REA-C1000 can extract handwritten objects from black and white boards using Sony’s moving/unmoving object detection algorithm. This allows audiences to clearly see written content and diagrams, while simultaneously being able to see the gestures and expressions of the presenter. This function of the REA-C1000 is particularly well suited for lecture theaters or remote learning to keep students engaged, even if they aren’t physically in the same room as their teacher. Additionally, it helps all members of an audience to engage in a live presentation, in a large hall requiring sub-monitors.


Chroma Keyless CG Overlay

Based on Sony’s motion detection technology, the REA-C1000’s chroma keyless function can extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background without the need for a dedicated green screen or specialized training. This offers a simple, cost-effective chroma key solution to make content like corporate videos, interviews, webinars and e-learning materials much more appealing and engaging. This feature will be made available through a future software update later in 2019. 

PTZ Auto Tracking

The REA-C1000 can accurately and smoothly track a presenter, ensuring they constantly stay in frame and in focus throughout their presentation.

Focus Area Cropping

Using this feature, an image from one camera can be simultaneously shown as two different output images. Users are able to get an overview image in 4K and a cropped image in HD. The cropped area is selectable to be static or dynamic to follow the speaker’s movement. This feature will be made available through a future software update later in 2019.

Close-up by Gesture

The REA-C1000 can detect and react to the gestures of audience members, showing both the whole image and zoomed image in real time. When an audience member stands up, the REA-C1000 can trigger the camera to electronically auto-zoom in on that person.

After an initial 60 day free-of-charge trial period, each feature can be activated permanently through separate licenses, providing users with the freedom to customize features based on their individual needs and budget.

The REA-C1000 will support 4K/HD input and output, and will be able to connect directly to Sony’s PTZ cameras, including its range of XDCAM camcorders. Additionally, with HDMI network connection, the REA-C1000 can integrate into various common AV setups involving either multiple displays, large screen projections with monitors, or even live-streaming projects.

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