University Of Miami Athletics Taps Panasonic HDR Cameras For New ACC Television Network

To support the launch of the new ACC Television Network in August, one of its conference schools—the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)—has purchased five Panasonic AK-HC5000 HD HDR-capable broadcast camera systems in full studio configuration. When the new TV network (a partnership with ESPN) premieres, it will feature 450 exclusive live events annually, with 900 more to be distributed on the online-only ACC Network Extra. So, those sports images have to look good.

Drew Thomas, Director of Production Services-Athletics at the University of Miami, said the new HD camera investment is part of the school’s upgrade of its control room in anticipation of working with other schools participating in the ACC Television Network. He said the Athletics department invested in the HC5000 camera specifically due to its high-speed (240fps) acquisition capability and its competitive cost.

The Panasonic AK-HC5000 will be used to cover up to 120 sporting events, with a minimum of 15 of these to be broadcast on the ACC Network.

The Panasonic AK-HC5000 will be used to cover up to 120 sporting events, with a minimum of 15 of these to be broadcast on the ACC Network.

The Panasonic HC5000 is capable of high-speed output up to 1080/239.76p, using a new 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-CMOS sensor with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. In full studio configuration, the camera’s system components include: the AK-UCU500 CCU, which provides power up to 6600 feet over standard SMPTE fiber along with IP streaming video feature; the AK-HRP1000 Remote Operation Panel, featuring PoE+ power and PTZ camera control capabilities; the AK-HBU500 studio build-up kit for integration with long field lenses; and AK-HVF100 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder.

Leading up to the ACC Network debut, Thomas said thus far they’ve deployed the cameras primarily for basketball and baseball coverage—including several men’s/women’s basketball games that have aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU, and more than 30 baseball games have aired on ACC Network Extra.

In the coming school year, Thomas anticipates that he will use the HD cameras (at 720p) to cover up to 120 sporting events, with a minimum of 15 of these seen on linear broadcasts on the ACC Network. All of the sports venues on campus are connected by fiber to the master control room located in the Hecht Athletic Center.

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