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DStv Celebrates Africa Day With The Very Best Programmes From The Continent #DStvAfricaWeSee

In the build-up to Africa Day on 25 May, DStv is bringing its customers the shows that demonstrate the fierce independence, unmitigated talent, entrepreneurial skills and musical genius that make Africans so incredibly proud.

DStv has always believed in being a platform for authentic African stories – the ones that touch lives and resonate with the people of this continent. That’s why there are so many series and shows created by Africans for Africans. One such story is the movie Indandatho Yokukhanya, which will be screened on Saturday 23 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30. Directed by Thembalethu Mfebe and starring Idols SA season 8 winner Kwanele Mthethwa and Unathi Guma (Housekeepers), it’s about a timid and overly cautious girl who finds out that her parent’s spirits were taken by a dark entity, and makes it her mission to save them.

Another example is compelling movie Inxeba: The Wound, which has won numerous international awards but was also once banned from mainstream cinemas in South Africa, which makes its debut on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on Friday 22 May at 22:00. Beautifully shot and acted, it is a gem worth watching.

While most of the well-loved soapies have gone back to filming, their new episodes remain on hold at the moment, but there’s no better time to catch-up with all the very best of Mzansi Originals on DStv Now. You’ll find Isibaya, Ubizo, Lockdown, Gomora, The Queen, Widowed and so much more. Afrikaans customers will also find their African heritage celebrated in shows such as Binnelanders and Arendsvlei.

DStv is always committed to bringing the real lives of the people of Mzansi into your homes, with a number of exciting and provocative reality shows. On Saturday 23 May, tune into Ubizo on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 19:30 to follow Lloyd, a medium who provides healing and balance to his clients. Ubizo’s fascinating core themes include exploring ancestry, resolving maternal and paternal identity issues, marriage and how it affects individuals, miscarriage and abortion, African spirituality versus religion as well as the passing of souls.

When it comes to music, no-one can compete with the vibrancy and rhythm of the African soul. On Africa Day itself, 25 May at 18:00, MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel will be screening a two-hour live Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home. Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will feature some of Africa’s hottest stars, including Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Nasty C, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, StoneBwoy, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more.

Later on at 21:00, MTV Base will feature more African talent with a panel of Africa’s brightest and freshest young talent, to have a fierce, fun and fiery debate as they countdown the Top 10 moments that make up Africa’s Biggest Brags.

Trace Africa (DStv channel 326) will also be celebrating everything that makes Africa unique with a day full of the best music from across the continent. Listen out for music from iconic musicians like Mali’s Salif Keita, Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz, Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and South African divas Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and PJ Powers.

African women have for centuries shown their resilience and determination. In Mama Rwanda on Sunday 24 May on CuriosityStream (DStv channel 185) at 20:00, follow the lives of Drocella, a village wife, and Christine, a widow living in the city, who team up to form a new generation of female business owners who are also mothers and rebuilding the economy of Rwanda.

They are just some of the women in post-genocide Rwanda defying social norms and becoming entrepreneurs to fight poverty.

Lupita Nyong’o is another African woman who has proven that sheer talent and perseverance can pay off in the end. Catch the award-winning Kenyan actress in the scary movie Us, on M-Net Movies Premiere (DStv channel 104) at 20:00. It’s written and directed by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele.

We’re also a continent that knows how to laugh and have fun, and the comedic talent that has emerged from Africa is astounding – just take our own Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as an example. He’s hosting his show from home during the lockdown, and you can catch him at his funniest on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) daily at 21:30. On Saturday 23 May, you can catch another set of incredible local comedians in Goliath & Goliath: Aweh Mzansi on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 21:30. It’s a brotherly affair on this stand-up comedy show that’s bound to get Mzansi laughing in these interesting times we live in.

As Africans unite in these difficult times, let’s take some time to celebrate and salute the real spirit of Africa. It’s what keeps us together.

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Academy Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

he Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 96 recipients of its 2020 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants, including recipients of the emergency grant funds announced last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the grants, which total a combined $2.5 million in funds, are awarded based on current need to organizations that support filmmakers and reach audiences from underserved communities.

“The Academy’s first priority remains to help those in our film community most impacted by the current global crisis. Our contribution of $2 million in emergency funds to the Academy Foundation, along with the grants we bestow on an annual basis, will surely benefit struggling organizations so they may continue to encourage diverse storytelling and enrich cinema and its artists,” said Academy governor and Education Committee chair Nancy Utley.

“The Academy’s Grants committee is honored to continue to provide much-needed support to these 96 worthy organizations – their impact on the world of film is truly immeasurable,” said Marcus Hu, chair of the Grants committee.

Grants range from $5,000-$200,000. Recipient institutions and programs are as follows:

  • African Diaspora Film Festival, Inc. (New York, NY)
  • African Film Festival (New York, NY)
  • American Museum of Natural History/Margaret Mead Film Festival (New York, NY)
  • American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Arabian Sights Film Festival/Filmfest DC (Washington, DC)
  • Art-House America Campaign (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Asian CineVision/43rd Asian American International Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Asian Culture and Media Alliance (San Diego, CA)
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) (Atlanta, GA)
  • Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
  • Barnard College/Athena Film Festival (New York, NY)
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
  • Berkshire International Film Festival (Great Barrington, MA)
  • Big Sky Film Institute/Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, MT)
  • BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
  • California Institute of the Arts (Santa Clarita, CA)
  • Center for Asian American Media/CAAMFest (San Francisco, CA)
  • Center for Documentary Studies/Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC)
  • Chicago Filmmakers (Chicago, IL)
  • Chicago International Film Festival/Cinema/Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures (Brooklyn, NY & San Francisco, CA)
  • Cinema Tropical (New York, NY)
  • Cine Qua Non Lab (Morelia, Mexico)
  • Columbia Film Society (Columbia, SC)
  • Dance Theatre Etcetera (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Diamond in the Raw (Culver City, CA)
  • Documental Ambulante AC (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Dreaming Tree Foundation (Rock Island, IL)
  • Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Educational Video Center (New York, NY)
  • Exceptional Minds (Sherman Oaks, CA)
  • Facets/Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
  • Film Independent (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
  • The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Firelight Media (New York, NY)
  • The Flaherty Film Seminar/International Film Seminars Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Frameline (San Francisco, CA)
  • GALA Inc. (Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos) (Washington, DC)
  • George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY)
  • Ghetto Film School (Bronx, NY & Los Angeles, CA)
  • GLAS Animation/GLAS Animation Festival (Berkeley, CA)
  • Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)
  • Independent Feature Project (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Indie Memphis (Memphis, TN)
  • Indigenous Showcase (Seattle, WA)
  • Inner-City Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Inner-City Filmmakers (Santa Monica, CA)
  • International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA)
  • International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management/Indigenous Film & Arts Festival (Denver, CO)
  • Internews Network/FilmAid (Arcata, CA; Washington, DC; London & Paris)
  • Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)
  • Jewish Film Institute/San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
  • Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)
  • Los Angeles Filmforum (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Maysles Institute (New York, NY)
  • Media Arts Center San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Media City Film Festival (Windsor, Ontario)
  • Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival (St. Paul, MN)
  • Montclair State University Foundation (Montclair, NJ)
  • Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (Washington, DC)
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) (Culver City, CA)
  • New Orleans Film Society (New Orleans, LA)
  • New York Asian Film Foundation/New York Asian Film Festival (New York, NY)
  • New York Women in Film & Television (New York, NY)
  • Newfest (New York, NY)
  • Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
  • Outfest (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival (Camden, ME)
  • Portland Community Media (Portland, OR)
  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ragtag Film Society/True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO)
  • Raw Art Works’ Real to Reel (R2R) Film School (Lynn, MA)
  • Reel Abilities NY (New York, NY)
  • Reel Works (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Rosendale Theatre Collective: Women in Experiment Schneemann/Hammer (Rosendale, NY)
  • SFFILM (San Francisco, CA)
  • SIFF (Seattle, WA)
  • San Francisco Cinematheque (San Francisco, CA)
  • San Francisco Silent Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
  • Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sedona International Film Festival (Sedona, AZ)
  • Silver Bullet Productions (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian/Native Cinema Showcase (New York, NY & Santa Fe, NM)
  • Streetlights (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sundance Institute (Los Angeles, CA & Park City, Utah)
  • Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
  • UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Utah Film Center/Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Venice Arts (Marina del Rey, CA)
  • Visual Communications Media/Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Women In Film (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Women Make Movies (New York, NY)

The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists.

The Academy Grants program provides financial support to qualifying film festivals, educational institutions and film scholars and has awarded more than $15 million since 1968.

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Sony Powers Creativity With Enhanced Professional Imaging Products And Solutions

Sony Electronics Inc. unveiled on 30 April 2020 new solutions and products developed in collaboration with the media industry to bring creative visions to life. Key highlights include powerful enhancements to Sony’s digital motion picture camera VENICE and full-frame camera FX9, and upgrades to its 4K HDR professional monitors. Sony also expands its portfolio of Ci cloud-based collaboration and content management tools with an enhanced hybrid asset management solution that unifies Ci and NavigatorX, as well as a new Media Analytics Portal.

“Our industry is seeing rapid evolution as the need to develop content for cross-platform distribution has transformed both the creative process and post-production workflows,” said Theresa Alesso, Pro Division president, Sony Electronics. “We are driven to provide the industry with essential technologies that enable them to continue efficient operation, even in difficult circumstances. We are also driven by our customers’ needs to optimize content for live broadcast, cloud-based management and storage, and OTT on-demand consumption. There is no such thing as single-platform distribution anymore. Our goal is to help customers maximize their return on investment with technologies that enable them to reach the broadest possible audience, across the widest array of distribution channels, and with the simplest production process.”

Unlocking new power from industry-leading imaging solutions

For 2020, Sony is expanding its imaging portfolio and product functionality, offering an enhanced range of solutions that maximize content quality and value and enhance the operations of content producers and broadcasters.

Cinema, TV program, commercial and documentary productions

  • VENICE Version 6.0 firmware: Sony expands the capabilities of its digital motion picture camera VENICE to offer even greater creative freedom and usability for creators of features, episodic and short-form content. Launching in November 2020, Version 6.0 firmware supports the import of a new Advanced Rendering Transform (.art) file including a new “Technicolor look library,” addition of second user frame line and expanded HFR capabilities, among other new features.
  • FX9 Version 2.0 firmware: The FX9 full-frame camera Version 2.0 firmware will expand shooting capabilities and improve its user operation. Launching in October 2020, Version 2.0 supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of 6K full-frame sensor, 16-bit RAW external output and more.

Additional new VENICE and FX9 product features are detailed in the announcement, Sony Expands Filmmaking Versatility and Creative Freedom with VENICE and FX9 Full-frame Cameras Upgrades

Supporting News and Live Productions

  • PXW-Z450KC Lens Kit Model: The PXW-Z450 4K 2/3” Shoulder Mount Camcorder will be available in a production package that will include a 18x zoom 4K lens, viewfinder and microphone. The PXW-Z450KC will be available in August 2020.
  • PXW-Z1901 and PXW-Z280: Simple Live Streaming support in early 2021: Sony’s 4K handheld compact camcorders will be enhanced with RTMP/RTMPS FHD streaming capability, allowing users to live stream and upload to video content sharing sites and social media platforms quickly, anytime and anywhere.
  • MSU-3500 and MSU-3000, Master Setup Unit, multi-camera remote control panel for system camera: The master setup unit is a control panel for camera configuration and maintenance. Both units are equipped with a new 7” WVGA LCD touch panel for better user visibility. The MSU-3500 is half rack with vertically orientation, while the MSU-3000 is a full rack width and is horizontally oriented. Both will be available in summer 2020.
  • PDW-U4 XDCAM Professional Disc Drive Unit: The PDW-U4, to be available in January 2021, is a portable, easy to use Disc Drive Unit with high capacity up to 128GB (Write Once), 100GB (Rewritable) and supports four/three/two/single-layer XDCAM Professional Disc media. Adopting 4-channel DCHS (Dual Channel Head System) drive, the PDW-U4 achieves file transfer speeds of approximately 2 times (read) / 1.7 times (write)2– faster than the current PDW-U2. The PDW-U4 offers a fast workflow for ingesting camera record files and archiving the final edit.

Cross-portfolio support for HDR

With the demand for HDR content continuing to grow, Sony is fully committed to supporting HDR across its professional solutions portfolio.

  • SR Live Metadata: SR Live workflow focuses on creating the best Live HDR and SDR programs simultaneously produced by a single production unit. Sony HDC camera settings are captured by the camera and sent throughout the production process. This allows the SDR production to be perfectly replicated, as intended by the shading craftsperson. Only the HDR signals need to be switched and routed, eliminating the need to add separate production staff to handle the SDR. SR Live Metadata is already supported by the HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit and PWS-4500 production server. In summer 2020, Sony’s live production systems, such as HDC-series system cameras with in-CCU recording capability, will also be supported. In addition, file-based production systems, such as the PXW-Z750, PXW-Z450 and PXW-X4003 professional camcorders, will support SR Live Metadata with the application software Catalyst Prepare by the end of 2020.
  • CBKZ-SLHL1- Optional HD HDR License for the PXW-X400: The PXW-X400 is an advanced 2/3” Shoulder Mount Camcorder that records a variety of broadcast quality formats. With optimal weight balance, low power consumption and flexible networking features, the PXW-X400 is a versatile workhorse for field production. Coming in July 2020, the CBKZ-SLHL1 optional software license will add 1080 60p/50p HDR capability to the model.
  • PVM-X2400 and PVM-X1800 – update: Announced earlier this year, the PVM-X2400 (24”) and PVM-X1800 (18.4”) next-generation 4K HDR picture monitors with TRIMASTER technology support an all-white luminance of 1,000 cd/m2 and match 100 percent of the color gamut of the industry-leading BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor, ensuring color accuracy from production to post. After an official launch scheduled in July 2020, a future optional upgrade is planned in March 2021 that will enhance the monitors further by adding internal conversion of HDR to SDR and 4K-HD.
  • XVS series production switcher update and new option board: In order to meet the growing demand for 4K HDR production, the XVS series switcher newly supports HDR conversion. Sony will also offer two new mix effect boards: the XKS-8215 for the XVS-9000/8000 switcher, and XKS-7215 for the XVS-7000 switcher. The new boards offer four fully functional keyers per 4K ME, with resizers, chroma key, and key priority. The HDR conversion support and these new boards will be available in early 2021.

Pushing the boundaries of efficiency with IP Live Production

As pioneers in IP, Sony has delivered IP Live production systems to more than 100 live studios and OB trucks as of April 2020, to customers such as Groupe TVA and NFL Network. Updates to several IP Live solutions will offer new efficiencies and ROI for broadcasters across the globe.

  • Further Enhancement of Open Standards based production systems: Sony has been making significant contributions to the development of Open Standards based production systems. Sony’s IP Live production ecosystem conforms to the latest SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS standards to truly enable interoperability for its customers to build the most advanced and future-focused systems using IP technology.
  • SDI-IP Converter Boards update: The NXLK-IP50Y/IP51Y follow SMPTE ST2110 standards, capable of video signal conversions of HD, 4K, SDI and IP. Compatible with ST 2110-20/30/40 streaming formats and offering very low latency signal conversion, it is ideal for integration in real-time IP Live production environments. In September 2020, SDR/HDR and Up/Down Conversion licenses will receive an enhancement to add color correction. New licenses to support audio delay capability will be available at the same time.

Transforming operations with the cloud

Sony has developed a variety of services that leverage the cloud to streamline production, editorial and delivery workflows. The latest updates to the services include:

  • Enhancement of Ci Media Cloud Platform: Designed to bring disparate systems and redundant file transfers into a single unified platform, Ci plans to have updates in May 2020, including launch of Ci Catalog. Ci Catalog streamlines asset management for large media enterprises and enables better management of finished assets, streamlining work for marketing, sales, distribution and archive teams.
  • Enhanced hybrid operation of NavigatorX and Ci: Sony will provide a world-class hybrid asset management solution from June 2020, unlike anything the industry has seen. Customers will be able to manage content in any facility or in the cloud.

Integrating Artificial Intelligence into media workflows

  • Media Analytics Portal: Sony’s newly launched cloud-based solution supports content creators with its diverse AI analytics models and services, including object recognition and speech-to-text through a single Web-based portal. It also seamlessly integrates with Ci Media Cloud Services, XDCAM air and Media Backbone NavigatorX. Whether used for sports content management or program production, Media Analytics Portal enhances media workflows by augmenting metadata and automating media processes for greater efficiency and productivity. Expected availability begins fall 2020.
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The Baxter Theatre Centre Launches Baxter Radio During Lockdown

In response to the impact of coronavirus and the nation-wide lockdown, the Baxter Theatre Centre has launched a brand-new initiative called Baxter Radio, aimed at recording school set-works, children’s books, new South African works and classics. These will be made directly accessible to The Baxter’s subscriber database and to community radio stations.

Baxter Radio brings together 40 local artists who have been involved to make these works available and which will be offered to radio stations as free content for their programming. The initiative hopes to reach a wider audience and bridge the gap for communities who do not have access to the internet and will be available through radio broadcasts as well as to those individuals who support The Baxter’s fundraising initiative.

Borne out of a need to provide the many young children and learners who are at home during this time of isolation, Baxter Radio is intended to offer an alternative education and entertainment option.

The lockdown, although necessary, continues to have a devastating effect on the economy and the arts industry in particular. This initiative gives some artists the opportunity to work and provides an outlet for their creative talent.

Artists such as Marc Lottering (Aunty Merle, The Musical; Aunty Merle, it’s a Girl!), Susan Danford (John Kani’s Missing, Still Breathing), Jennifer Steyn (The Goat, or who is Sylvia?; The Inconvenience of Wings), Faniswa Yisa (Knuckle City; Ityala Lamwele), Andrew Buckland (Endgame; The Inconvenience of Wings) and Nicky Rebelo (Aunty Merle, It’s a Girl!; Scenes From an Execution), as well as trailblazing young theatre-makers Tiisetso Mashifane (Sainthood), Khayalethu Anthony (The Champion; Solomon and Marion) and Kanya Viljoen (Raak). They have teamed up with The Baxter to provide readings of award-winning books, an isiXhosa setwork, some classics and brand new plays written specifically for the Baxter Radio initiative.

Baxter CEO and artistic director, Lara Foot, explains, “I was concerned about the artists who are losing income during this lockdown and the many learners in communities who are unable to play outside and who do not have access to the internet. I wanted to find a way for The Baxter to bridge the gap and create a platform that would contribute to a solution for both these challenges”.

She continues, “I’m not a fan of live-streaming because I believe that theatre doesn’t exist without the special connection between actor and audience. To distill theatre through a screen is what I call anti-theatre. However, the old and trusted medium of radio asks the audience to listen and engage, which is comparable to the form of theatre.”

“When I listened to the first editions of Baxter Radio, I was delighted and moved, and fondly remembered my childhood obsession of listening to stories on the radio.”

This initiative is also a perfect value-added service to the #BaxterCoffeeAngels, who have donated to its ‘Buy The Baxter a coffee every month’ campaign.

Susan Danford reads popular children’s stories which include the Zambian tale The Hare’s Revenge from Nelson Mandela’s Favourite Stories for Children, Madiba Magic, Tacky The Penguin written by Helen Lester and Julia Donaldson’s A Squash and a Squeeze. Additional children’s stories in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu were supplied by Jacana Publishers.

Learners in Grades 10 to 12 will be able to tune in to listen to the reading of the isiXhosa set-work Buzani Kubawo, coordinated and directed by Faniswa Yisa and featuring 14 actors.

Classic plays such as Harold Pinter’s Landscape and Herman Charles Bosman’s Street Woman will be performed by Jennifer Steyn and Nicky Rebelo. Brand-new works by Tiisetso Mashifane and Khayalethu Anthony make up some of the new South African works content. Mashifane has created original content narrated in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans, which is a series of comedic short stories titled A Guide to Understanding Smaller Humans and is an attempt at understanding the world of young children through testimonies of amused older members of their families.

Marc Lottering will read Yusuf Daniel’s award-winning book Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken), a series of short stories which are a fond remembrance of an era growing up on the Cape Flats. It pays homage to everything from the culinary offerings between neighbours of different faiths during religious festivals, to evening entertainment at popular nightclubs.

The Baxter’s in-house production team assisted with technical support and sound effects for some of the stories.

The Baxter hopes that community and commercial radio stations will take advantage of this initiative which is aimed at benefitting communities and theatre lovers during these uncertain times.

As part of The Baxter’s efforts to ensure its continuity and sustainability for years to come, a new fundraising campaign urging the public to “Buy The Baxter a cup of coffee every month” has also been launched. Donating to this campaign is simple and will enable the iconic theatre to continue creating cutting-edge and new South African works and support talented artists. The request is simply to donate R30 (or more, where possible) a month, through a scheduled payment (debit or stop order). For more information on how to contribute to this vital campaign visit http://www.baxter.co.za/BaxterCoffeeAngels.

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NEP Standardizes On Sony’s HDC-3500 And HDC-5500 4K HDR Live Production Camera Systems

Sony Electronics Inc. announced early March completion of an agreement with international outsourced technical production partner NEP Group for the purchase of more than 50 Sony HDC-3500L and HDC-5500L cameras. A longtime Sony customer and collaborator, NEP will use these products to support live sports productions and entertainment events worldwide, giving at-home viewers front row seats.
“Our mission is to ensure we are bringing home viewers a spectacular image that replicates the experience of being at a live event,” said Glen Levine, president, U.S. Broadcast Services, NEP. “We have collaborated with Sony over the years and expressed our desire for a new camera that not only provided flexible HDR imagery, but one that was quiet, ran on triax and worked seamlessly alongside our other Sony cameras to provide backward compatibility. Sony truly listened and hit the mark when they created the newest HDC camera systems.”

The HDC-3500 is highlighted by a 2/3-inch 4K global shutter, three CMOS sensor system, which enables the camera to offer high modulation depth and wide dynamic range for HD and 4K production. The camera system supports HD, HDR and 4K, as well as IP capabilities. The HDC-3500 has an exchangeable transmission side panel, which NEP is using to support both fiber and triax operation.

Sony’s HDC-5500 is a multi-format live camera employing the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS image sensors, which ensures image quality in HD, 4K and HDR live production. The cameras achieve a high frame rate up to 4K 2x and HD 8x.

Sony and NEP have shared a longstanding relationship, which is highlighted by NEP’s on-going use and advocacy of Sony cameras and monitors, which are the backbone of many of NEP’s mobile production units.
“As these camera systems were designed and developed, Sony relied heavily on feedback from key users, including NEP,” said Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics. “This allowed us to create a robust and user-friendly model that incorporates new features such as HDR and Global Shutter imagers. Our HD cameras give users the option to customize their cameras with the capabilities they need most, while pushing the envelope of what is possible in live production.”

For more information on Sony’s professional cameras and production solutions, please visit pro.sony