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Snow Cats and Me: high-end TV wildlife series innovates with Sony BRC remote cameras Posted: 23/12/2019
Snow Cats and Me: high-end TV wildlife series innovates with Sony BRC remote cameras

Sony has announced that the Sony BRC Series PTZ remote cameras have been chosen to capture unique close-up footage of the heart-warming story of beautiful lynx cats in the high-end TV wildlife series, Snow Cats & Me.


Produced by Oak Island Films and Hello Halo TV, the two-part series pushes creative and technical boundaries to present an intimate portrait of animals in the wild. With the producer Ted Oakes, Managing Director of Oak Island Films commenting: “This was a tricky challenge: the Sony BRC cameras helped us capture amazing footage that expresses the unique character of these beautiful animals in their natural environment.”

Tags: Sony | BBC2 | Sony BRC Series PTZ remote cameras
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Simple Live Streaming for Sony HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 camcorders available via free firmware upgrade Posted: 12/12/2019
Simple Live Streaming for Sony HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 camcorders available via free firmware upgrade

Sony has announced that its Simple Live Streaming service, a new proposition for users to streamline the process of acquiring live content, is now available (as of 12th December 2019). The additional workflow flexibility for its palm-sized 4K HDR professional camcorders, the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90, can be accessed via a free firmware upgrade to enable content creators to shoot wherever and however they want. 

 

With Wi-Fi connectivity, Simple Live Streaming enables high quality live streaming to major video sharing websites and social media platforms such as Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook with a single camcorder. Offering simple operation, it further enhances the remote delivery of content quickly without compromising on image quality. 

Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management for Sony Professional Solutions comments: “The introduction of Simple Live Streaming for the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 streamlines the overall workflow, from shooting to live distribution. Equipped with Simple Live Streaming, the camcorders will have online sharing features, further empowering content creators to concentrate on what they do best – storytelling on the go.” 

Tags: Simple Live Streaming | HXR-NX80 | PXW-Z90 | Sony | Sony Professional | Solutions | Streaming | workflow | camcorders | content delivery
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Atomos Shogun 7 and Apple ProRes and reg; RAW gives a low budget feature film a cinematic edge Posted: 12/12/2019
Atomos Shogun 7 and Apple ProRes and reg; RAW gives a low budget feature film a cinematic edge

New action comedy, School Fight, uses the Shogun 7 HDR monitor/recorder to give the Sony FS7 a new lease of life

How do you make a full-length feature film, with flawless, cinematic values when your camera budget only stretches to the Sony FS7 cinema cameras already owned by the crew? It’s a conundrum the production team behind new action comedy, School Fight, solved by adding cutting edge recording technology from Atomos and Apple to their arsenal.

School Fight is a low budget, independent feature film, but you’d be forgiven for assuming the investment in the on-screen image was far more high-end. This comes from the crew’s unwavering commitment to achieving the highest possible production values by squeezing everything they could out of the camera equipment they had available and a minimal budget.

The concept for the film was the brainchild of seasoned stunt professional Damien Walters, so it’s no surprise that action sequences, fight scenes and all manner of carefully choreographed carnage is all featured heavily. He joined forces with producer Joby Stephens to bring this vision to life in full cinematic glory.

 

Tags: Atomos | School Fight | Sony FS7 | Film | Canon | Shogun 7 HDR
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Sony and Verizon Demonstrate How 5G Stands to Transform Live Sports Production Posted: 10/12/2019
Sony and Verizon Demonstrate How 5G Stands to Transform Live Sports Production

Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and Verizon joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and produced. During the Houston Texans vs New England Patriots football game at NRG Stadium on December 1st, 2019, a camera person from NBC Sports captured video of the game on the field using Sony’s PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder. The video was streamed through Sony’s prototype transmitter box and Xperia 5G mmWave device, via Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network to a production room in the stadium.

The test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasts. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband’s low latency and high bandwidth combined with Sony’s mobile device, video, and encoding expertise enabled low-latency high-quality video to be transmitted in near real time to producers. The test showed the potential for remote production teams to be located anywhere, regardless of where the game’s taking place. Furthermore, 5G’s essentially instant wireless connectivity means that cameras can be untethered, allowing for more creative camera positions and angles throughout the game and reducing set-up time and costs required for camera system integration.

Tags: Sony | Verizon | 5G | NBC Sports | PXW-Z450 | Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband
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AVer EP65, the ultimate Zoom Rooms conferencing system Posted: 13/11/2019
AVer EP65, the ultimate Zoom Rooms conferencing system

The AVer EP65 is an interactive flat panel featuring Zoom Rooms integration to go along with the latest AVer camera and audio technology, this 65” display can transform any meeting room into a streamlined collaboration hub for both video conferencing and face-to-face brainstorming. The EP65 allows users to interact, take notes, annotate on a shared screen and enable split-screen multitasking.

There’s no need to connect external devices to make a video call, as it comes equipped with a 4K camera with Sony Exmor™ 4K CMOS sensor, 13-element microphone array, and PC module powered by a Windows 10 IoT Intel i7-7700 Processor for true all-in-one capability. The EP65 is a cinch to set up; simply plug in one power cord and enjoy an extremely intuitive user experience in seconds.

Features 4K P-CAP touchscreen with 20 touch points, made of level 7 MoHS toughened glass that is resistant to glare and fingerprints. Users can mount the EP65 on the wall or affix it to a mobile rolling stand to take its powerful features all over the office and create a truly agile workplace.

Tags: AVer | business | conferencing | Nuvola | interactive panel | Zoom Rooms | Zoom | Sony | Windows | meeting room
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Sony VENICE brings Downton Abbey splendour to the big screen Posted: 05/11/2019
Sony VENICE brings and lsquo;Downton Abbey and rsquo; splendour to the big screen

Sony has announced that its next-generation motion picture camera system, VENICE, was used for principal photography on the new ‘Downton Abbey’ movie, directed by Michael Engler, and produced by Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.   

With its forward-thinking full frame sensor, impressive colour science and user-friendly operation, VENICE was chosen by Director of Photography (DOP) Ben Smithard to scale the TV series’ drama onto the big screen through impressive picture quality and greater detail.    Real emotion in every frame “VENICE was the only camera system that could deliver a larger and more detailed image to match the movie’s enthralling storyline on the big screen,” explained Ben Smithard. “When it came to shoot challenging frames for the film, the VENICE never let me down. It performed well without any issues, wherever it was put – from being rigged on camera dollies, tower cams, cranes and even helicopters.” 

VENICE, the versatile next-generation full frame motion picture camera, has been created for and with modern cinematographers in mind. It allows creatives to capture stunning visuals in almost any format, including full frame 24x26mm, Super35 and Anamorphic, with a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032. At the same time, its usability, reliability and flexibility allow it to seamlessly match any filmmakers’ shooting requirements and support them in bringing their creative vision to life. 

 

Tags: Sony | VENICE | Downton Abbey | Media Solutions | camera system
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Rory Peck and lsquo;Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs finalists revealed Posted: 28/10/2019
Rory Peck and lsquo;Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs and rsquo; finalists revealed

Sony announces three finalists for the ‘Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs’ category at this year’s Rory Peck Awards: Martin Boudot and Mathias Denizo for their film ‘Paraguay: Poisoned Fields’; Matthew Cassel for ‘The Missing’; and Rodrigo Vázquez for ‘Frontline Nicaragua’.

 

The Rory Peck Trust helps to safeguard and strengthen independent journalism by providing practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide.

 

The Rory Peck Awards, established in 1995, are the only awards dedicated to the work of freelance video journalists, filmmakers and news camera operators who work independently to uncover stories that support today's international newsgathering and the public’s understanding of the world.

 

The ‘Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs’ aims to recognise the work of freelance camera operators who examine an issue, story or situation which has an impact on viewers, policies, or public awareness.

 

Tags: Sony | Rory Peck Awards | Rory Peck Trust
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Sony announces full compatibility with DCM new solution PARALLEL ADS Posted: 28/10/2019
Sony announces full compatibility with DCM and reg; and rsquo;s new solution PARALLEL ADS and reg;

Sony today announces full compatibility with PARALLEL ADS® a solution by AGS AG (Switzerland), enabling broadcasters of sporting events to simultaneously share tailored advertising content to different audiences around the globe. The solution is based on the DYNAMIC CONTENT MULITPLICATION® technology that can also provide the same benefits for music and other live events. The DCM® technology enables rights holders to broadcast up to four simultaneous feeds for event-based LED advertising from a single camera, helping them unlock new revenue streams by tailoring these advertisements to different markets. This also improves the customer experience by providing relevant content to different audiences. The new technology is part of an ambition from Sony to respond directly to broadcasters’ needs, address new industry challenges and drive efficiencies.

 

Tags: Sony | PARALLEL ADS | HDC-5500 | HDC-3500 | HDC-P50
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BBC Scotland becomes latest European broadcaster to invest in multi-format switchers from Sony Posted: 21/10/2019
BBC Scotland becomes latest European broadcaster to invest in  multi-format switchers from Sony

BBC Scotland, a Nation division within the UK’s British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) and the largest public broadcaster in Scotland, has invested in advanced multi-format switchers from Sony. BBC Scotland has deployed one Sony XVS-8000 switcher in its news studio, and a Sony XVS-7000 switcher in their main general production studio, at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. A second Sony XVS-7000 switcher is installed in their large-format OB truck. The XVS series of advanced 4K/IP professional production switchers provides the foundation for any next-generation IP Live production system. These switchers support SDI and the latest SMPTE ST2110 standard to create mixed IP/SDI production environments, and offer excellent versatility, enhanced frame memory, format conversion, multi-viewer capabilities, and a wide range of video input and output formats. The latest range of Sony switchers now offers advanced workflow flexibility, operational versatility, and advanced integration with Vizrt Mosart. The Sony multi-format video switchers give BBC Scotland create roadmap towards future live broadcasts in 4K and UHD if required. 

Tags: Sony Professional Solutions Europe | BBC Scotland | Switchers | 4K | IP Live | XVS-7000 | XVS-8000
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Leader Electronics ZEN Series Supports Sonys SR Live Metadata Decode and Display as a Standard Function Posted: 11/10/2019
Leader Electronics ZEN Series Supports Sonys SR Live Metadata Decode and Display as a Standard Function

Leader Electronics Corporation, a global producer of high-performance test and measurement solutions, has enhanced its ZEN series waveform monitors and rasterizers with the ability to decode and display the SR Live Metadata packet proposed by Sony Imaging Products & Solutions. The packet structure supports Sony's SR Live for HDR production workflow, which allows 4K HDR and HD HDR video to be produced simultaneously within an HD SDR live-production environment.

Tags: Leader Electronics Corporation | ZEN Series | Sony SR Live | Metadata Decode | waveform rasterizer | HDR | SDR
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The National Library of Spain digitises its audiovisual archives with Sony Posted: 03/10/2019
The National Library of Spain digitises its audiovisual archives with Sony
Digital transformation experts Red.es and the National Library of Spain (BNE), an organisation dedicated to the collection, storage and preservation of audio-visual material published in Spain, launched a call for tenders to digitise analogic archives of cassettes and VHS tapes in order to preserve its valuable video and audio files. Digitalisation specialists Memnon, a Sony company, was selected to safeguard this part of the country’s heritage. Libnova collaborated in this project with Memnon.
Tags: Sony | Intelligent Media Services | Memnon | BNE | digitisation services
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Infront Productions uses Sony Virtual Production at BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Posted: 03/10/2019
Infront Productions uses Sony Virtual Production  at BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
Sony is pleased to announce that the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, one of the biggest sports events in Europe, has successfully experienced a new wireless workflow with Sony Virtual Production in partnership with Deutsche Telekom and Infront Productions.
Tags: Sony | BMW BERLIN-MARATHON | Infront Productions | Deutsche Telekom
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New London Screen Academy (LSA) and Sony join forces to support the next generation of film and television creatives Posted: 26/09/2019
New London Screen Academy (LSA) and Sony join forces to support the next generation of film and television creatives
Sony has joined forces with a new sixth form academy, the London Screen Academy (LSA), to arm the next generation of aspiring filmmakers with the hands-on experience and skills needed to thrive in the media industry.
Tags: Sony | London Screen Academy | DMPCE | HDR | Film making
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IBC showfloor deal: Video Europe orders 30 flagship camcorders from Sony Posted: 23/09/2019
IBC showfloor deal: Video Europe orders 30 flagship camcorders from Sony
On the opening day of IBC 2019, Video Europe, one of the UK's largest rental houses, has placed an order with Sony for 20 PXW-FX9 camcorders with an advanced 6K* Full-Frame sensor as well as ten PXW-Z750 4K camcorders. Both products were only announced hours earlier at the Sony IBC press conference.
Tags: Sony | Video Europe | IBC 2019 | PXW-FX9 | PXW-Z750 | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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NDI Makes IP Accessible for Live, Post-Production, Mobile Devices, and Delivery at IBC2019 Posted: 20/09/2019
NDI Makes IP Accessible for Live, Post-Production, Mobile Devices, and Delivery at IBC2019

NDI®, a brand of Vizrt Group, today released the 4th generation of NDI technology to both developers and end users at IBC2019 in Amsterdam. Using software, computers and networks, NDI is a crucial part of the organization’s mission of making software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) accessible to everyone via the universal power of IP-based video. NDI is the dominant IP standard for digital media by using standard Ethernet networks and mobile environments. NDI changes the picture by giving everyone access to easy-to-use, high-quality video and audio over IP. NDI is royalty free to use software with hundreds of developers making thousands of NDI-enabled products now in the hands of millions of customers around the world.

Tags: NDI | NDI 4 SDK | Vizrt Group | SDVS | NewTek | Kanal 75 | 4K | Panasonic | Avid | Microsoft Skype | Magewell | Adobe | Grass Valley | EVS | Vizrt | ChyronHego | Atomos | Sony | Vaddio | NewTek | and many more. | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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