Media Backbone HDXchange Networked Content Management System

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Media Backbone HDXchange

Networked Content Management System


Work faster and smarter. Achieve higher quality at lower cost. Unify and coordinate your workgroup as never before. The Sony Media Backbone™ HDXchange™ system delivers true networked content management—connecting separate “islands” of ingest, editing, playout and archiving into a seamless whole. In the process, the HDXchange system makes your assets easier to ingest, easier to share, and far easier to browse and discover from any networked PC. Thanks to Sony, production is suddenly more productive.

Video Production

• Unify your workgroup through networked production • Enhance collaboration through shared access to content

• Browse content from any networked Windows® or Mac® OS computer • Auto ingest, convenient archiving, powerful logging and more


• MOS gateway integration to newsroom computer systems, servers • Auto ingest and live logging with rich metadata tagging

• Support for several popular non-linear editors




More efficient, more creative video production

through networking


File-based Acquisition

Non-linear Editor

Content Management Server

Logging Application






VTR or Live

XDCAM Cart Video Server

Blu-ray Disc™/ DVD Publishing

Web Content Interface via Network

In-house Production System

Remote Terminal/Station

Retrieve Archive

Online Offline

Remote Search/Import/Export

XDCAM Deck Professional Disc

XDCAM Archive

Shelf Internet


File-based Content Management Offline Shelf Management

Network Attached Storage Systems



• Empowers student workgroups with simultaneous access to content

• Metadata tags enable you to build a database of video lectures • Supports NLEs that many schools are using now

• Browse content from any networked Windows or Mac OS computer


• Increase productivity and creativity

• Unify your workgroup through networked production • Enhance collaboration through shared access to content • Manage the workgroup from the comfort of your own PC

Components of the Media Backbone HDXchange system

Content Management Server

The core of the system; this sleek, powerful server provides file storage, communications, and configuration. • Linux operating system with MySQL database

• Powerful networked server with built-in Domain Name Service (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Domain Server services

• RAID storage protects your content with optimum data integrity and fault tolerance • Client application software includes Explore, Logging Application, and Web Administration

Explore Application

This networked application runs as a client on a Windows® or Macintosh® workstation. • Import video, audio, image, zip, and project files

• Interface with XDCAM® and XDCAM EX™ decks (via Windows PCs only) • Add and edit metadata

• Create storyboards from clips

• Export storyboards to supported NLE applications • Export content to playout devices (via Windows PCs only)

Web Administration Interface

Assign server space, administer permissions, and manage security—all from the comfort of your web browser. • Administer the networked content management system

• Access via Microsoft® Internet Explorer® and Mozilla™ Firefox™ web browsers

Logging Application

Record live video feeds and add valuable metadata tags to identify clips and pinpoint highlights. • Simultaneous batch capture for multiple live or recorded material

• Supports HDV™ and DVCAM™ decks


Compatible with popular Sony production formats

As you’d expect, the system is optimized for fast and efficient ingest of Sony acquisition formats including XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, HDV, and DVCAM recording. With XDCAM family decks, ingest is as easy as drag & drop. Native support for XDCAM and XDCAM EX codecs means that nothing is lost to decompression or recompression during ingest.

The system also provides logging for tape-based HDV and

You can ingest either manually or via scheduled batch upload.

Once the material is in, you can sit at an affordable PC and browse the clips via metadata and low-resolution proxy. It’s fast, easy and incredibly efficient.

*1: i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate that a product is

equipped with an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector may communicate with each other. Please refer to the documentation that comes with any device having an i.LINK connector for information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection.

Features and benefits

Content browsing on the Explore application High resolution material Proxy data: Low-resolution (2 Mbps) video, audio and time code

Proxy Data

Proxy data: Low-resolution (2 Mbps) XDCAM HD422 Series

Supported video formats

Acquisition Format Codec and Resolution Bit Rate (Mbps)

1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 50 1440 x 1080 35, 25, 18 720 x 480 / 720 x 576 50, 40, 30 720 x 480 / 720 x 576 25 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 1440 x 1080 35 35, 25

Support for XDCAM EX 1440 x 1080 is planned for the future.

720 x 480 / 720 x 576 25 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 28 24 720 x 480 9 HDV1080 1440 x 1080 25 720 x 480 / 720 x 576 25


Generic file support: still pictures, audio and

NLE project files


Editing projects don’t live by video clips alone. That’s why the system can ingest just about any computer file, including still pictures and audio files. You get smarter, easier content management when importing NLE project files or other data types, together with related video clips.

Networked workgroup collaboration

Forget about isolated islands. The Media Backbone HDXchange system empowers you to create a truly collaborative editing environment over an IT network.

At the core of the system is a NAS-based network server equipped with a standard Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) interface, which connects to both Windows-based and Mac OS NLEs. Your editors don’t even need to download high-resolution clips to their local terminals. This saves time, saves disk space and enables editors to work on several projects in parallel.

Multi-purpose platform integration

Another advantage of file-based content production is that it allows smooth integration with third-party platforms, such as playout systems, Blu-ray Disc™/DVD authoring systems, web content production systems and a MOS Gateway for newsroom integration. Not only is it easy to send file-based content to and from other systems via Gigabit Ethernet, but automatic registration via metadata eliminates the time usually needed for bridging platforms.

Simple Storyboarding

You can build a simple, offline storyboard using the system’s proxy audio and video. The system can even combine clips from multiple codecs*1 on a single storyboard, for example XDCAM

HD and XDCAM EX material. When you’re done, save your storyboard as an XML file. Now your NLEs can access the storyboard directly without time-consuming transcoding or importing.

*1: It is not possible to mix clips of different frame-rates on a single timeline.

NLE Support

For online editing, the system supports major nonlinear editing systems including Sony Vegas® Pro, Apple® Final Cut Pro™ 7, Grass Valley® Edius™ and Adobe® Premiere™ PRO. Not wedded to a single NLE platform, you’re free to build an editing environment that perfectly suits your needs.

Storyboarding File Import


Easy archiving

The Media Backbone HDXchange system interfaces beautifully with a range of disk- and tape-based archives. Chief among these is the Sony's PetaSite™ library system, which takes full advantage of the fact that magnetic tape is the most cost-effective medium for high-capacity data storage. Working side by side, the PetaSite and Media Backbone HDXchange systems enable sophisticated search-and-retrieve workflows. You can search the high-resolution archived content using keywords, titles, and other metadata. Then you can browse, log and storyboard the proxy A/V online—even before you retrieve the full-resolution asset!

Archiving Materials

Integrated operations with the PetaSite tape library

LTO-5 Tape Cartridge “3.0 TB” shown on the package is capacity with compression.

*1: Native capacity with LTO-5 tape cartridges. Up to 4.5 PB*1 with Eight Consoles

PetaSite Scalable Tape Library System

Tape Type LTO-5

Cartridge Capacity 1500 GB

Collaborative Workgroup




Recorded Materials Media Backbone HDXchange Server PetaSite System

Proxy Data High-resolution Materials

Ingest Retrieve/Archive

Multiple Access


The Media Backbone HDXchange server automatically creates lightweight proxy A/V.

You can storyboard/edit materials stored on the core server without downloading them.

The PetaSite library archives less-frequently used materials.

You can browse/storyboard the archived assets via proxy A/V—no need to retrieve the high-resolution material.



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Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) with PetaServe software and PetaSite libraries

Another major advantage of the Media Backbone HDXchange

system is compatibility with PetaServe® HSM software. This software makes the vital connection between the Media Backbone HDXchange system and the PetaSite tape library. The application provides a cache server and automatically manages migration and reload operations according to the

frequency of data usage. The software also helps protect your data with quality management. For example, the PetaServe software can monitor the deterioration of the tapes and automatically rewrite content to a new tape when needed. You get superb functionality and you can sleep better, knowing your assets are protected.

HDXC-C040 Core Application License (including 10TB capacity license) HDXC-S10 Capacity License for additional 10TB

HDXC-B040 Explore Application License for five concurrent users HDXC-L040 Logging Application License for a single user HDXC-L040HS SDI Ingest License for one SDI input

HDXC-X040 Device License for a single user

(to interface with XDCAM/XDCAM EX media) HDXC-U6 Upgrade license from Version 5 to Version 6 HDXC-XDAI XDCAM Auto Ingest

MSQ-S001 MPEG2 HD Codec PCIe Board HDXC-MOSGW HDXchange MOS Gateway

XDCAM Deck SxS™ Memory Card USB Reader/Writer NXCAM Camcorder SxS PRO Memory Card SD/SDHC Memory Card XDCAM Drive HDV Deck XDCAM EX Deck DVCAM Deck Professional Disc™ Media

HDV Camcorder

XDCAM EX Camcorder

Product Components

Related Products

Hierarchical Storage Management with Media Backbone HDXchange, PetaSite Systems, and PetaServe Software


Archive Storage

Cache Tape Library



Auto Migration

Auto Reload

Please contact your nearest Authorized Sony Reseller for details of the applicable models.


The Media Backbone HDXchange is produced



Number of clips on server (max.) 200,000*1

Clip duration (min.) 5 seconds or 2 x GOP*2

Clip duration (max.) 4 hours Clip size (max.) 64 GB Number of clips per bin (max.) 1000 clips Number of bins per user (max.) 25 bins Number of users

(max. created user accounts)

50 users Number of export channels 25 channels


Number of characters in user-defined fields (Max.) - single line fields

75 characters

Number of characters in Notes fields (Max.) - multiple line fields

1500 characters

NLE Storyboard Formats

Sony Vegas Pro (Version 10) XML Storyboard format Apple Final Cut Pro (Version 7.0) XML Storyboard format

Supported Video Formats

XDCAM MPEG HD422 video: MPEG2 1920 x 1080 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p 50 Mbps (CBR), audio: Linear PCM (8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz)

MPEG HD422 video: MPEG2 1280 x 720 59.94p/50p 50 Mbps (CBR), audio: Linear PCM (8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz) MPEG HD video: MPEG2 1440 x 1080 59.94i/50i 35 (VBR)/25 (CBR) Mbps, audio: Linear PCM (4 ch or 2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz)

MPEG HD video: MPEG2 1280 x 720 59.94p/50p 25 Mbps (CBR), audio: Linear PCM (4 ch or 2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz) MPEG IMX video: 720 x 480/576 59.94i/50i 50/40/30 (CBR) Mbps, NTSC/PAL, audio: Linear PCM (8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz) or (4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz)

DVCAM video: 720 x 480/576 59.94i/50i 25 Mbps (CBR) NTSC/PAL, audio: Linear PCM (4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz) Proxy Data video: MPEG4, audio: A-law (4 ch or 2 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)

XDCAM EX MPEG HD video: MPEG2 1920 x 1080 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p 35 Mbps (VBR), audio: Linear PCM (2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz) MPEG HD video: MPEG2 1440 x 1080 59.94i/50i/23.98p 25 Mbps (CBR), audio: Linear PCM (2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz)

MPEG HD video: MPEG2 1280 x 720 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p 35 Mbps (VBR), audio: Linear PCM (2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz) NXCAM AVCHD video: MPEG4 1920x1080p 59.94p/50p 28 Mbps, audio: Dolby Digital

AVCHD video: MPEG4 1920x1080 59.94i/50i 24 Mbps, audio: Linear PCM AVCHD video: MPEG4 1920x1080p 30p/24p 24 Mbps, audio: Linear PCM AVCHD video: MPEG4 1280x720 59.94p/50p/59.94i/50i 24 Mbps, audio: Linear PCM DVD video: MPEG2-PS 720x480 59.94i/50i 9 Mbps, audio: Dolby Digital

HDV 1440 x 1080 50i/59.94i 25 Mbps (CBR), audio Linear PCM (stereo/16 bits/48 kHz) DVCAM 720 x 480/576 59.94i/50i 25 Mbps (CBR) PAL, audio: Linear PCM (stereo/16 bits/48 kHz)

*1: Based on calculation of 200 hours for 8 x 400 GB disks, this means approximately 30,000 x 15 second clips.

*2: Whichever is greater (GOP = Group of Pictures).

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©2011 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permissions is prohibited. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Weights and measurements are approximate. Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of Blu-Ray Disc Association. Sony, Media Backbone, HDXchange, HDV, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, DVCAM, NXCAM, PetaSite, PetaServe, Professional Disc, Vegas, i.LINK, SxS and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. Windows and Internet Explorer are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Firefox is a trademark of Mozilla. Final Cut Pro and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Corporation, Inc. Edius is a trademark of Grass Valley. Premiere PRO is a trademark of Adobe Corporation. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.





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