Acquisition Global Viewpoint – January 2016

PGA Tour’s Hawaii Open Captured In 4K With Sony Cameras

Sony's 4K/HD cameras captured the exciting PGA Sony Open live from Hawaii for HD broadcast on the Golf Channel.

The 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA Tour event will be shot and broadcast in HD on Golf Channel using Sony professional cameras. Sony is not new to broadcasting high-profile events and, in fact, has a long-running tradition of providing HD production technology for major live entertainment and sports events.

The tournament is also the latest testing ground for 4K live production and broadcasting. In addition to multiple Sony HDC high-definition cameras positioned across the course, Sony’s HDC-4300 will capture action on the 17th hole in 4K resolution, delivering four times the clarity and resolution of full HD.

Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD camera system, the world’s first camera to use three 2/3-inch 4K image sensors, will be used in a dual role: they will be used in the main Golf Channel broadcast, matching images with the HDC-2500 cameras used for the remainder of the broadcast.

In addition to providing HD broadcast images, the HDC-4300’s will also simultaneously record 4K HDR images to separate servers as part of Sony’s ongoing research in HDR production.

In addition to providing HD broadcast images, the HDC-4300’s will also simultaneously record 4K HDR images to separate servers as part of Sony’s ongoing research in HDR production.

“Golf Channel is giving us prime real estate to get the best possible angles in 4K. Sports in general are a perfect match for 4K, but golf is especially impressive. With 4K, viewers can really see every break of the greens and see the texture of the grass. ”
Alec Shapiro, president, Professional Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics.

The HDC-4300’s will be flanked by F55 S35mm cameras that will provide on course segments that will be used for the 4K HDR production as well as being converted to HD for the main broadcast.

Sony F55 S35 camcorder offers four internal recording formats; MPEG-2 HD, XAVC HD, SR File and XAVC 4K (and QFHD).

Sony F55 S35 camcorder offers four internal recording formats; MPEG-2 HD, XAVC HD, SR File and XAVC 4K (and QFHD).

Sony is using the tournament to capture 4K sports content for demonstration purposes. Multiple viewing areas will be set up throughout Waialae Country Club – the tournament venue – equipped with Sony 4K televisions and allowing guests, customers and media to view 4K content up close.

Sony work on 4K technology began with the 2005 introduction into movie theaters of its commercial 4K projector. Sony’s F65, F55 and F5 cameras are actively in use shooting feature films, TV shows, documentaries, commercials, videos and sporting events.

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