Sony Professional celebrates landmark year for 3D

Date: 27/02/2012
Sony Professional celebrates landmark year for 3D

Sony Professional today celebrates a landmark year for 3D production as the BBCs Antiques Roadshow becomes the latest in a long line of flagship shows to trial 3D using Sonys PMW-TD300 professional 3D camcorder. Since the launch of the camera at IBC last year, it has been used on a wide range of productions, including the Five Nations Rugby League Championship and Strictly Come Dancing, as major broadcasters experiment with 3D outside of live sports and landmark events.

Sony has seen considerable interest in using the PMW-TD300 to shoot alternative content since shipping in September as broadcasters look for a more cost effective way of creating 3D content. Last year, BBC Bristol worked closely with Sony, hire company Presteigne Charter and the BBCs Digital Village for a 3D trial of the Antiques Roadshow, taking immersive 3D programming to a new genre. 3D postproduction specialist, Stephen Pelluet, who pioneered the trial alongside director Vinny Wright, commented: Our vision when filming the Antiques Roadshow in 3D was for the viewer to feel like one of the crowd, wandering around, eavesdropping on the conversations and exploring the beautiful locations. Having a shoulder mounted camera like Sony's TD300 allowed us to capture dynamic and flowing shots with ease, which would have been much harder to achieve with a 3D rig set up. The results were really impressive.

Based on the familiar shape of Sonys PMW-320, the simultaneous 2D and 3D recording capability of the TD300 makes a compelling proposition for broadcasters and production companies as they can effectively shoot both 2D and 3D at the same time. Professional 3D cameraman Graham Howe, who has worked on many 3D productions with the TD300, commented: Ive had huge amounts of work thrown my way since the launch of the TD300, in shooting a broad range of productions from live sport and music events to entertainment, documentaries and even childrens TV. Broadcasters are quickly recognising the commercial benefits and cost effectiveness of using a camera that is incredibly familiar to use and that can shoot concurrently in both 2D and 3D, which will continue to drive interest in Sonys TD300.

Sony Specialist Dealer Presteigne Charter was first in line to take delivery of the camera in September and Business Development Manager Steve Boland commented: Sonys TD300 has rarely been out of work and is already booked out for much of 2012. With production companies and broadcasters looking to build a library of 3D content to populate their dedicated channels and services, the TD300 provides a high quality cost effective tool that fits in seamlessly with existing workflows.

Sony Professionals PMW-TD300 is a professional single lens 3D camcorder with a compact, shoulder-mount design. The cameras dual three 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors provide high quality 3D recordings at 1920 x 1080 resolution on to SxS cards using the XDCAM EX codec.

 



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Blackmagic Design today announced that CHEAT has continued its expansion with DaVinci Resolve Studio, adding a new HDR ready grading suite as well as a research and development lab.

This adds to CHEAT’s three preexisting grading suites, which include Linux machines with dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors supported by four Nvidia GTX 1080Ti GPUs and the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel.

The first project to be realized through the new workflow is The End of the F***ing World season 2. Returning following the critically acclaimed first season, which has been nominated for BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards, the grade on series two was led by CHEAT’s owner and colorist Toby Tomkins.

“Season two was a challenge because it introduced a new director, new DPs and a new production designer. It was also our first Dolby Vision grade as a facility,” says Toby. “There was a lot of pressure to ensure we delivered to the same high standards expected of us from our work on season one.”

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Astro Design Uses DeckLink 8K Pro for Real-Time 8K Camera and Lens Measurement System Posted: 07/11/2019
Astro Design Uses DeckLink 8K Pro for Real-Time 8K Camera and Lens Measurement System

Blackmagic Design announced today that Astro Design, a Japanese manufacturer specializing in 8K product design, is using Blackmagic Design DeckLink 8K Pro as part of their new real time modular transfer function (MTF) measurement system. The new IP-8030 was developed with NHK’s technological collaboration and will be used by broadcasters to test 8K products and systems.

Astro Design is a Japanese manufacturer specializing in real time high speed digital signal processing and have a number of 4K/8K products. Their new IP-8030 will help broadcasters measure the resolution characteristics of the whole system including cameras and lenses by using the DeckLink 8K Pro to capture 8K feeds and feed them into the computer for testing. This will give TV stations, product manufacturers and rental houses the ability to test 8K workflows and products in real time.

Jin Sato, leader of business strategies department at Astro Design, spoke about how they developed this system: “What kind of camera should I choose? If attaching a lens and other accessories to the camera, would the resolution really be secured? These kinds of things are all done up to now by the eyes of someone experienced. There has been a demand for digitizing such ambiguity. Especially for high resolution cameras, people demand such standards.”

There has been a way to measure MTF, but it was very difficult to adjust framing and not real time analysis. “With DeckLink 8K Pro implemented in the system, you can capture 8K footage directly and measure it in real time while operating a lens.”

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Masstech Announces James Whitebread As New CDO Posted: 07/11/2019
Masstech Announces James Whitebread As New CDO

Masstech is pleased to announce that James Whitebread has joined the company as Chief Digital Officer.

James has a 15-year background in product design and development for sports and media and entertainment (M&E), and extensive experience in telecoms and security. He has led product development and builds for diverse clients including IMG, BT, UEFA, Disney, Warner Bros., FIFA, Technicolor, Amazon Prime, TATA and Cardinal Heath Care.

Before joining Masstech, James was CTO at MarcoPolo Learning, supporting the company’s expansion into China through delivery of new products and services. Prior to that, James was VP of Product and Technology for UI Centric, leading projects for high profile clients such as UEFA, FIFA, AMC, PIX Systems and VUBIQUITY to deliver products and services such as UEFA.TV and MUTV.

Previously James was Director of Digital at Technicolor, where he designed and built the Showcase platform that went on to service clients including Canal Plus, Entertainment One and Warner Bros.

James holds a BSc in Business Systems, and is currently studying for an MBA at Wrexham University, along with a Professional Qualification in Platform Disruption at MIT.

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