Sony is providing a range of HD production technology to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its production of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 6 to 23.
NBC Olympics is using more than 70 Sony HD studio and portable field cameras – a combination of the XDCAM and HDC models. For the Sochi Games, NBC is also using Sony’s F55 4K camera to capture footage at various event venues. NBC crews will use the Sony cameras to capture events and record athlete arrivals, interviews, press conferences and other assignments that require studio and portable recording and capture.
NBC is using Sony’s MVS production switcher technology — both the MVS-6530 and MVS-7000X versions — to handle feeds from each sports venue to the International Broadcast Center, and also to originate HD cable coverage on its various networks.
NBC will also use more than 500 Sony professional monitors, a combination of its professional LCD video production and public displays and hundreds of the TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors (BVM and PVM series) for critical evaluation.
“We are pleased to be working once again with Sony, and we are confident their HD production equipment and expertise will help NBC Olympics bring home the best images possible from the Games,” said David Mazza, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics. “Sony’s support is unsurpassed, and the best-of-class stability of Sony broadcast equipment allows our staff to focus on the task of bringing home the best stories to all our viewers watching the Games on the networks of NBCUniversal.
Enhancing the Sony camcorders’ video capture qualities is Sony’s professional audio products, including the ECM Series lavalier and electret condenser microphones.
To keep everything running smoothly until the Closing Ceremony, Sony’s Professional Services Group is deploying an extensive network of resources to provide 24/7 support for all broadcasting equipment and operations for NBC Olympics’ Sochi Games coverage. Sony’s Systems Solutions team has once again been selected to integrate NBC’s International Broadcast Center and its studios in Sochi.
This is the 8th consecutive Games that Sony has provided support for NBC.
“For each Games, the production requirements increase and become more complex as TV viewers now expect a dynamic and immersive entertainment experience, especially when it comes to sports,” said Alec Shapiro, president of Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group. “The equipment we will have on the ground in Sochi, from our HD production technology and newest 4K cameras – is the perfect combination of technology to meet NBC’s challenging schedules and deliver the highest-quality images and performance.”
Key Sony equipment to be used at the Sochi Games includes:
• Camcorders – XDCAM PDW-F800, PMW-400, PMW-200, PWM-320
• Cameras – F55 (4K), HDC-2500, remote P/T/Z (BRC-H700, BRC-H900)
• Production switchers – MVS-6530 and MVS-7000X
• Displays – OLED (BVM-F170, BVM-F250, PVM-740, PVM-1741, PVM-2541, FWD and LMD Series
• Live production – NXL-IP55 IP live production unit
About NBC Olympics
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. For more information on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Sochi Olympics, please visit: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/
About Sony Electronics
Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group develops and manufactures video and audio technologies for a range of professional production applications – from 2D to HD to 3D to 4K and more. These include broadcast television and motion picture production, live event production, event videography, ENG/EFP, digital cinematography, digital cinema, videoconferencing, medical, visual imaging, digital signage, remote system diagnostics and monitoring, and IP surveillance and security. Sony professional technologies are used in a range of market segments including houses of worship, government, healthcare, education, and hospitality, among others. For more information, visit, www.sony.com/professional.