Sony’s HDC-F5500 Getting Its First Trial For Live Broadcast

Sony's HDC-F5500 Getting Its First Trial For Live Broadcast

Sony’s new HDC-F5500 live system camera will get its first-ever trial run with a live broadcast of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 23rd.

Put on by Sony, EMG Group, and BT Sport, the event sees Fury defending the WBC heavyweight title. The HDC-F5500 features a variety of additions and workflow improvements over previous Sony cameras. Here’s the description from the official website “Building on the success of Sony’s acclaimed HDC-5500, HDC-F5500’s Super 35‑mm 4K CMOS sensor delivers extraordinary clarity, realism, and shallow depth of field with every scene, from wide beauty shots to tight close-ups. Numerous workflow enhancements—including IP networking, remote multi-camera operation, and in-CCU recording—improve the most demanding live entertainment productions including sport, music, and drama.”

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The new camera was first introduced in December 2021, and its use in Tyson vs Whyte marks a world-first 4K HDR broadcast workflow. As reported by Broadcast Now, Andy Beale, chief engineer of BT Sport, commented by saying, “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.”

Head of live production solutions at Sony, Norbert Paquet, also commented on the event by saying “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.”

You can see more about the Sony HDC-F5500 on the official website. Tyson vs Whyte is a pay-per-view event on Fox Sports and ESPN Plus.

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