Sony is offering an accessible entry into 4K- and HDR-ready studio and live production with the new FB80 portable camera. Based on a 3G-SDI platform with 1080/59.94p capabilities, the new system fits a range of commercial applications where professionals need high-quality HD with an upgrade path to 4K and HDR production. The camera debuted at NAB-NY and ships January 2018.
TSL Products has updated a number of its control, audio monitoring and power management solutions to simplify SDI/IP workflows and streamline operations supporting customers making the transition to IP. The latest versions include full compliance with the recently approved SMPTE 2110 suite of standards.
In these early days of 4K UHD production and for those HD projects that seek to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) acquisition to enhance the broadcast image, many production companies are finding they don’t have enough native HDR cameras to cover a standard live sports or entertainment telecast. This comes as several major production companies in the U.S. have opted to build 1080p/60 HD trucks with HDR acquisition and delivery capability, rather than the higher resolution 4K UHD, arguing that the highest quality HD technology with HDR is less costly to deploy and it looks as good (or better to some) as 4K UHD on screen.
New York City sports network, SNY equips studios with eight Ikegami HDK-95C HD cameras and five HDL-57 POV cameras.
Here in the Athletics department at the University of Maine, the UMaine Black Bears compete in the America East Conference of NCAA Division I for all sports except hockey and football, which compete in the Hockey East conference and Colonial Athletic Association, respectively. We had previously performed some live video production using entry-level equipment, but when America East reached an agreement to bring our basketball games to ESPN3, we needed to upgrade to broadcast-quality equipment and workflows for the first time. At the same time, for sports not shown on ESPN3, we also wanted to start streaming matches to social media platforms including YouTube with similarly high production values. I had worked with Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras in my own Communication Studies courses as a student at another college, so I knew they would be easy for the students to learn and operate. We purchased two of them, which we use on tripods to provide main game and close-up shots, and we plan to add two more as handheld cameras on the sidelines in the future.
Texas-based live sports broadcast company LiveSports, has recently switched out its previous generation of Panasonic AJ-HPX370 P2 HD camcorders for the AK-UB300 4K multi-purpose cameras mounted on robotic motion control heads.The initial application is for coverage of pro tennis tours.