By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
This week at NAB, Sony returned to a 3-Sensor camera design with the 4k HDC-4300, a camera that contains 2/3-inch 4K chips and a B4 lens mount. Designed to bring broadcasting live events firmly into the 4K spectrum, Sony is looking to position the HDC4300 for sporting events and event productions. And it’s doing a pretty good job at turning heads in the Central Hall.
“This camera provides 4K capabilities and a workflow that content producers are instantly familiar and comfortable with. We’ve developed an approach that allows the large existing HDC series user base to employ 4K advantages such as 8x high frame rate and 4K cut-out and zoom while using a familiar infrastructure and signal path.” – Rob Willox, marketing manager for content creation systems, Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas.
Ideal for sports, the HDC-4300 is capable to shooting slow motion at 8X Super Slo-Mo, about 4 times slower than the current standard. That will make it ideal for instant replay, where a game changing call can sometimes turn on a booth review.
The HDC-4300 is driven by three-4K sensors that are housed in a prism design to take advantage of the new ITU-R BT 2020 broadcast color space. The sensors then relay the data to a BPU-4000 baseband processor unit via SMPTE fiber and connects to an HDCU-2000 or 2500 camera control unit. This provides power and full intercom, tally, and return capabilities.
Other features include:
- Standard large format B4 lens support
- HD cut-outs – two full HD images to be cut out from the 4K picture in real-time including a selectable zoom and perspective mode.
- Many of the Picture adjustment functions of HDC Series cameras are supported by the HDC-4300 system.
- Dynamic focus (4K focus-assist function) – a focus point can be displayed on the viewfinder with a marker in 4K mode for better focusing.
- Auto lens aberration compensation 2 (ALAC2) function
- Color reproduction adjustment functions
- Gamma table selection
- User gamma function
- Natural skin-tone detail function
- Knee saturation function
- Low-key saturation function
Sony also says that the HDC-4300 is compatible with other HDC camera systems and can be color matched to them with little effort. Additionally, the HDC-4300 can interface with other 4K products including Sony’s PWS-4400 multi-port 4K/HD live server, which can do multi-format switching and 4K signal processing in real time, as well as connect with Sony’s recently announced BVM-X300 4K OLED or PMW-X300 4K LCD monitors.
Sony is also announcing a new optional AZC-4001 software package to that broadcasters can manage a live, end to end, 4K workflow, and the SZC-4002 software package which routes full HD (1920 x 1080) at frame rates up to 479.52/400 fps, as well as 59.94/50, 119.88/100, and 179.82/150 fps. The software can then output the workflow in high frame rates to Sony’s PWS-4400 multiport 4K/HD Live Server.
The HDC-4300 4K/HD live camera system is planned to be available in summer of 2015. For more information, visit the official Sony blog.