Sony’s new HDC-F5500 live system camera will be used for the first time in Europe in a live sports broadcast scenario as part of a 4K HDR workflow by BT Sport and EMG UK.

The trial comes as sports productions seek out a more ‘artistic and cinematic’ look in live sports broadcasting.

The camera’s ‘cinematic’ look with its Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor will be used in a trial to shoot the clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 23rd.

Andy Beale, Chief Engineer from BT Sport commented: “When it comes to sporting events, we’re constantly seeking to try out the latest technologies to improve on our existing workflows and deliver a world class viewing experience. High visibility events like the fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte are the perfect setting to trial new cameras in a live context.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Sony and BT Sport on this landmark 4K project,” said Martyn Edwards, Project Director, EMG UK. “At EMG we have worked with Sony camera systems for many years throughout the group, so it was a straightforward connection into the existing camera infrastructure within our UHD/HDR OB facilities.. The HDC-F5500 is an excellent camera and really brings this cinematic and artistic look and feel to the production, thanks to its Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor.”

Norbert Paquet, Head of Live Production Solutions, Imaging Products & Solutions Europe added: “We’re always excited to see our latest innovations being used in real life conditions. The HDC-F5500 is built in a spirit of continuity with other HDC camera Systems, so it integrates easily into existing Live Production workflows & operations but it’s also built with a spirit of innovation and with sustainability in mind. The demand for a more artistic look in Live Production and enhanced operational workflow while working with 4K, HDR, Super 35mm sensors were key drivers in the development of the HDC-F5500, making it an easy fit to any Live Sports & Events Productions alongside other HDC Camera Systems.

The boxing fight will see the HDC-F5500 connect into the existing camera infrastructure within the EMG UK OB van, with minimal engineering effort.  The HDCU-5500 will output UHD Slog3 live images into the rest of the production chain. The images will then be transmitted to the home through BT Sport’s infrastructure.


Jon Creamer

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