As broadcasters continue to wrestle with developing new types of signal distribution infrastructures, so too are major equipment vendors trying to figure out how to re-ignite their businesses and help their customers move forward. Over just a few weeks, three major vendors (Grass Valley, ChyronHego, and Imagine Communications) have replaced their top executives in an effort to improve sales and develop strategies for the next generation of technology solutions.
Fletcher Sports is using Sony HDC-4800 4K ultra-high frame rate cameras with Fujinon PL 20-120mm Cabrio lenses for goal-line close ups on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast.
Worldwide rental and system integration services company Qvest Media is now the first rental provider in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to expand its product portfolio with IP-enabled and native 4K UHD camera systems from Grass Valley. The move extends a long-term partnership with Grass Valley, whereby Qvest Media sells and rents a wide range of Grass Valley live production technology.
Blackmagic release Camera 4.7 Update for the Micro Studio Camera. The software update gives Micro Studio Camera 4K customers new 720P format support along with several new features. The 720P/50 & 60 suppport lets broadcasters who operate at 720P send video directly to air. The update also improves image processing on the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K, enabling better exposure performance from the camera’s sensor, and resulting in an additional 2 stops to the camera’s base sensitivity.
Did you miss these two important articles from The Broadcast Bridge? The first of two articles presents a white paper examining how software-centric T&M can help keep test equipment up-to-date on the latest standards and technologies. The second article reviews how 1-inch lens technology is overtaking the global pro camcorder market.
The Athletics department at the University of Maine (UMaine) selected Z-HD5000 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to provide the pristine picture quality and outstanding ease of use they needed. Building on the benefits the cameras bring to their live sports productions, the university also plans to extend its use of Z‑HD5000s to the educational curriculum with new video production courses next year.