Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: Panasonic KAIROS Platform Plays Role in Sea Forest Waterway Efforts

Panasonic’s KAIROS next-generation IT and IP video-processing platform is helping broadcasters bring the excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to the world. KAIROS is a software-based, open-architecture platform that uses CPU and GPU processing to significantly improve broadcast performance.

The Kairos control panel is being used at Sea Forest Waterway for the Olympics and Paralympics.

The KAIROS platform allows broadcasters to easily handle the scale of the Games, saving time in setup of new productions and transforming broadcast workflows. With an open software-architecture system for live-video switching, KAIROS can easily help broadcasters handle hundreds of video and audio outputs at the Olympic Games’ large events.

KAIROS delivers complete input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, maximum CPU/GPU processor utilization and virtually unlimited mix/effect (M/E) scalability through unlimited “layers” that users can freely create and move around thanks to its intuitive and easy-to-use GUI.

Panasonic offers both the KAIROS Core 1000 (AT-KC1000) alongside the compact KAIROS Core 100 (AT- KC100) for live-video-production applications.

The new KAIROS Core 1000 mainframe offers more processing power, thanks to increased CPU and GPU capabilities. It enables the platform to be used in a wider and more complex range of productions, pushing further its “unlimited video layers” concept and its capability to manage different scenes at the same time and broadcast them via a variety of outputs. With the GPU’s higher video-processing capacity, the number of layers that can be used increases significantly, allowing full use of the multi-layered video composition and output in high resolution, including 8K video.

“KAIROS is helping to bring the passion and excitement of the Olympic Games to its worldwide television audience,” says Andre Meterian, director, Professional Video Systems, Panasonic. “The ability for broadcasters to quickly set up and intuitively capture and instantly share those special moments from the different sporting arenas makes the audience feel closer to the action than ever before.”

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