Sony MCX500
Multi-Camera Live Producer Production Switcher


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The MCX-500 from Sony is an affordable, uniquely user-friendly and flexible production switcher that makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast-quality live event. Multiple video inputs include professional 3G-SDI, HDMI, Composite Video plus dedicated DSK mean you can mix and match kit as needed for each production.  

Sony MCX-500 Features:

  • Smart controls with configurable LCD touchscreen:
    • If you're running the show on your own, you need controls that suit the way you work — intuitive and yet somehow also fully featured. The MCX-500 achieves this with carefully thought out physical controls that you will find easy to operate without looking away from the action for a second. More advanced features can be tuned to your exact workflow requirements and mapped to an LCD touch-screen control with easily recognizable ICON buttons. Trigger the sophisticated effects you have predefined with a single touch on a user-defined ICON. It is a robust, user-friendly system that's easily extended to bring in additional team members as productions grow.
  • Mix between 8 video sources + 1 Title (total 9inputs):
    • The switcher is designed to expand your operations for full control of a multi-camera shoot. There is no need to worry about swapping out inputs during a production — the MCX-500 features no less than 8 video inputs (plus dedicated Title input) to easily accommodate any small-to-medium sized production. Inputs include professional 3G-SDI (x4), standard HDMI (x2) and even composite video (x2), allowing you to connect a wide variety of cameras and other equipment. A dedicated RGB Title input allows you to connect a PC or Mac to use as a dedicated source of titles for your production.
  • Multi-view monitoring:
    • See all your sources simultaneously on one display. The switcher's multi-view output makes it easy for you to see all your sources and outputs on a single screen. Monitoring on the multi-view is always fourinputs.
  • Advanced titles and effects:
    • The MCX-500 allows you to easily create advanced video effects such as Chromakey, transitions and PinP (Picture in Picture).
  • Stream content live over the Internet:
    • The MCX-500 is ideal for live streaming events and productions. The switcher allows you to live mix the output of multiple sources with direct streaming in real time using services such as Ustream®. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound, direct from the MCX-500 to a router via Ethernet — no PC required.
  • PC, Mac & Tablet integration:
    • The MCX-500 is designed to allow you to control multi-camera shoots in the most flexible way possible. Plug in an Ethernet cable or WiFi router to open up a fully functional control interface that can be viewed on a standard web browser with PC, Mac or Tablet. Use browser tabs to click between the Switcher's main control panel and advanced settings, including the simple setup of easily recognizable ICON buttons.
  • Worldwide Full HD support:
    • MCX-500 is a global model allowing you to record a variety of HD standards depending on your needs. You can record AVCHD Full HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i or 1440 x 1080 60i/50i.
  • Record directly to SD memory card:
    • An internal memory card slot means all you need to record your production is an SD card, affordable and widely available with no need for an external recorder. As soon as the shoot wraps, you can provide the customer with a high-quality AVCHD recording to archive, re-broadcast or even re-edit into a highlights package on any leading non-linear editing software.
  • Seamless integration with Sony camcorders and PTZcameras:
    • The MCX-500 works with some of the most popular Sony compact camcorders such as the HXR-NX5R and also remote cameras including BRC Series PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) HD camera.
  • Synchronized recording of connected cameras:
    • You can trigger the recording of connected camcorders through the MCX-500 and record the output on SD memory card in the switcher.
  • Affordable tally system:
    • Tally signals can be sent to the connected camcorders so you always know which camcorder is live on-air. 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).*

NOTE: * Compatible camcorders only.

Sony MCX-500 Specifications:

  • General:
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 14.252 x 1.712598 x 8.11024 inch (Approx.)
    • Format (SD/HD): AVCHD
    • Power Requirements: DC 12V, Approx. 2.2A
    • Weight: Approx. 4.519476 lbs
  • Inputs and Outputs:
    • Video Input:  
      • SDI:
        • BNC (x4), 75 ohm, 3G SDI/HD/SD
        • SMPTE 292M/259M/424M/425M
      • HDMI:
        • Type A (x2)
        • (720x480/576, 1280x720, 1920x1080)
      • VIDEO input:
        • BNC (x2), NTSC/PAL
        • VIDEO: 1.0 Vp-p 75 ohm, negative sync
      • Title:
        • D-Sub Shrink 15-pin (x1) (Female)
        • RGB (1600x1200)
    • Video Output:   
      • HD SDI:
        • BNC (x1, PGM) 75 ohm, 1.5 Gbps, 270 Mbps
        • SMPTE 292M
      • HDMI:
        • HDMI (Type A) (x1, PGM) (720x480/576, 1280x720,1920x1080)
        • HDMI (Type A) (x1, Multi View) (720x480/576, 1280x720,1920x1080)
      • VIDEO output:
        • BNC (x1)
        • VIDEO: 1.0 Vp-p 75 ohm, negative sync


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