LAS VEGAS, NAB Booth C11001, April 7, 2013 – Sony’s new 50p/60p digital triax camera live production system allows sports broadcasters and rental houses to increase their operational efficiency and produce incredible content using existing triax infrastructures.The camera system offers broadcast-quality transmission at both 1080 50p/60p and 1080 100i/120i frame rates, regardless of whether the venue has pre-installed optical fiber or triax cabling.
Sony’s digital triax camera system comprises four new digital triax transmission products: the HDC-2570 HD portable camera, the HDFX-200 digital triax camera control unit (CCU) adapter, the HDTX-200 digital triax camera adapter and the HKC-TR27 side panel digital triax adapter. The system delivers broadcast quality content at 1080 50p/60p through traditional triax cables.
“This system integrates easily into existing live production infrastructures, with extremely low latency” said Toshi Ikumo, marketing manager for system cameras at Sony Electronics. “Each of the components is also designed to be extremely flexible, a key factor in sports production for example, making it easy to switch from triax to fiber as required from venue to venue.”
HDC-2570 HD Portable Camera
At the heart of the digital triax camera system is the HDC-2570 HD portable camera. The camera uses Sony’s latest 2/3-inch Power HAD CCD, coupled with a 16 bit A/D converter and advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The HDC-2570 camera also has a digital triax transmission interface, capable of 50i/60i and 50p/60p or 1080 100i/120i, 720 100p/120p image capturing, commonly referred to as “2x slow motion.”
The HDFX-200 adapter converts digital triax signals to SMPTE 311M optical fiber and is designed for use in OB trucks or studio equipment rooms. It has a compact body that fits in just one 19 inch rack. An LED optical signal indicator is located on the front panel, with the triax connecter and optical fiber connecter based at the rear panel. Users can select either using remote/manual switches.
The HDTX-200 adapter converts optical fiber signals to triax signals for Sony’s HDC-2000 series cameras located on-site This is ideal for sports live production venies, where triax cables are commonly installed. The adapter has a robust aluminium die-cast body, ideal for outside use.
The HKC-TR27 adapter is a carbon graphite side panel adaptor designed for use with the HDC-2400/2500 series system cameras and the HDC-2550 analog triax camera. The lightweight adaptor is designed for fast and easy changes. Users can easily swap the side panel transmission unit to enable digital triax transmission capability.
Sony’s Digital Triax Camera System will be available in June 2013. The HDTX-200 will be available in August 2013.