Sony used the NAB Show to showcase updates focused on Imaging, Cloud and virtual production

On the imaging side, Sony was showing its new HDC-3200 “a more affordable 4K system.” The HDC-3200 is a fiber based, “cost-effective” system camera that shares many of the features common to Sony’s HDC-series including a 2/3” type 3CMOS image sensor with global shutter, 4K and HDR and support for numerous signal formats.  The HDC-3200 is compatible with the existing lineup of Sony viewfinders, large lens adapters and IP transmission systems.  It is planned to be available in May 2022.

Sony is also introducing two new large lens adaptors, the HDLA-3505 and HDLA-3501.  The HDLA-3505 can be used with the HDVF-EL70.  It has an LCD panel that allows for assignable settings at the press of a button and simple monitoring via SDI Input.  The HDLA-3501 complements the new HDC-3200, providing a cost-effective 4K system.  It is designed to operate with the HDVF-L750 viewfinder and enables easy access to the camera head while supporting rear panel operation.  Both options offer Sony systems cableless interface and instant attachment to and detachment from the camera.  It is planned to be available in June 2022.

In addition, Sony’s PVM-X series 4K, HDR monitors available in 18-, 24- and 32-inch sizes, will see new enhancements with the Version 4.0 firmware release scheduled for August 2022. New features include: two new optional licenses to support signal conversion and 3D LUT Output, timecode and audio output capabilities will also be added to the enhanced monitor output. The firmware will also feature in monitor display, parallel remote and chroma up as well as support for closed captioning.

In virtual production, Sony was showing its Crystal LED B-series that has been custom designed for virtual production. The B-series is scalable, available in a 1.26 or 1.58 mm pixel pitch, and allows productions to build LED volumes to the size and resolution that meets their needs. With incredible brightness, each panel features the anti-reflection coating, 170-degree wide viewing angle, and a wide colour gamut.

In live production, Hawk-Eye has introduced the first iteration of its new solution Hawk-Eye Replay, a product suite that serves as a high-performance, cost-effective, remote clipping, replay and highlights solution. Following ‘Every Shot Every Hole’, Hawk-Eye’s golf production technology, this new offering combines with the company’s optical tracking and data platforms to create a “powerful production solution.”

Jon Creamer

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