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Sony unveils 4K 8x super motion camera system with replay server function

Sony, Sydney, 18 April 2016 – Sony’s latest camera system combines 4K resolution with enhanced high frame rate capabilities – 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD. Combined with dynamic centre cut-out and zoom capabilities, the all-new HDC-4800 is ideal for live sports and event production. The HDC-4800 is complemented by the BPU-4800 combination baseband processor unit/replay server to create a fully networked, 4K live ultra-high speed production workflow.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor supporting wide colour space (BT.2020 and BT.709) and utilises PL mount lenses that can capture high resolution, and clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. Live HDR support is under development and will be available in the near future.

“This camera system can achieve a lot of everything — very high frame rate, very high resolution, and it works seamlessly within Sony’s current HDC family, giving users a familiar yet powerful and new production tool,” said Mr. Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “This is the future of live production, designed to satisfy the storytelling aspect of modern sports production.”

The latest camera system creates a companion system for Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD camera with 2/3-inch image sensor. Like the HDC-4300, the all-new HDC-4800 networks with Sony’s industry-leading HDC series cameras. The two systems blend seamlessly with matching colourimetry and a deep toolset of camera adjustments. Both systems take advantage of existing build-up kits, remote control panels, master setup units and viewfinders. As a result, directors and operators can maintain their approach to live events – including camera angles, zoom ranges and iris settings – while using familiar camera technology to advance into ultra-high frame rate production.

The BPU-4800 is a separate unit that connects to the HDC-4800 with a SMPTE optical fibre cable for 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) signal transmission.

In live sports, producers risk missing critical moments while the camera transmits image data to a live server, because built-in memory can quickly reach capacity when shooting and transmitting simultaneously. The BPU-4800 eliminates the risk with its large storage capability, which enables up to four hours of continuous 4K capture at 8x super motion without transmitting image data from the camera to a live server.

Further, the BPU-4800 replay server function also offers “Share Play” operation with the PWS-4500 multi-port 4K/HD live server1 when connected via a dedicated IP network. Image data recorded in a BPU-4800 can be accessed by an operator of the PWS-4500 through the network.

The addition of other 4K products such as the XVS series multi-format switchers, capable of real-time 4K signal processing, and Sony’s new BVM-X300 4K OLED or PVM-X300 4K LCD monitors create an end-to-end 4K live production solution.

The HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 are scheduled to release from August 2016 onwards.

1. WSK-4505, BPU Share Play board needs to be installed in PWS-4500. PWSK-4505 is planned to be available in August, 2016.

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