Despite a host of new features and ergonomic designs that are lighter and more user-friendly than ever, for manufacturers, selling a studio camera today isn’t easy. In years past the target customer was a highly technical chief engineer or EIC. Today, in an era of increasing consolidation and fewer single stations a camera now has to serve many masters—including upper management, financial bean counters and, yes, the technical lead.
At one time the only repeatable source of light on Earth was the sun. Later it was found that if bodies were made hot enough, they would radiate light. Any treatment of illumination has to start with the radiation from heated bodies.
The WestGate Church in San Jose, CA attempt to improve the quality of its live production by using a pair of Z-HD5500 HDTV studio and field production cameras from Hitachi.
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.
Blackmagic Design is a company that prides itself on developing products that enable a wider variety of users to purchase them without the burden of a high price point. By keeping the cost of its broadcast studio camera low (under $10,000), they reason, more people can buy more cameras.
Sweden’s national public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) partnered with Net Insight, Grass Valley and EVS to undertake remote IP production for the broadcast of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden earlier this year. Here’s how it was done.