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Palm-sized video production

Palm-sized video production

Palm-sized video production

The HXR-MC88 features the Fast Hybrid Auto Focus System

An entry-level, palm-sized camcorder that aims to bring professional video acquisition to users in education, corporate and government environments is leading a raft of new launches from Sony. The HD HXR-MC88 promises high picture quality but with straightforward operation and is equipped with the manufacturer’s BIONZ X image processing engine. Its 14.2 megapixel 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor is said to deliver impressive background bokeh defocus effects and sensitivity for capturing high-quality images with less noise, both in dark or bright conditions.

The HXR-MC88 features the Fast Hybrid Auto Focus System and comes with 12x optical zoom, which can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while maintaining full resolution using Super Resolution Technology. In addition, the 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony’s Digital Extender can double this range up to 48x, to satisfy the demand for wide-angle to telephoto shooting. The XLR audio input terminal and microphone holder add to its operability.

The SRG family
The SRG family

Staying with cameras, Sony’s range of IP-based PTZs has been expanded with two new models, the SRG-X400 and SRG-X120, which join the BRC-X400 and provide users with a future-proof 4K upgrade option. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are designed for a variety of corporate, education, healthcare, house of worship and government applications. On the other hand, 4K resolution comes standard on the BRC-X400, which is ideally suited for broadcast studio and reality TV production as well as live event capture.

All three cameras incorporate the manufacturer’s 4K Exmor RTM CMOS image sensor, while a built-in, high-resolution 4K lens accommodates wide-angle shots up to 70°. For added flexibility, the cameras can be ceiling mounted. They boast a horizontal resolution of 1,000 or higher TV lines in full HD to capture fine image details. The SRG-X400 is equipped with 40x zoom capability using Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, while the SRG-X120 camera has a 12x zoom.

Similar to the BRC-X400, both the SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 support SDI, HDMI and IP and are equipped with NDI|HX capability through an optional licence. Connection via a single IP cable provides power supply, image output and camera controls.

Lastly, Sony has introduced Live Element Orchestrator alongside two new SDI-IP converter boards, the NXLK-IP50Y and NXLK-IP51Y, offering support for SMPTE ST 2110 standards with HDR compatibility, the latter also supporting 12G-SDI.

The Live Element Orchestrator provides overall system management of an IP-based production system and is compatible with both Sony and third-party solutions. Enabling resources to be shared across multiple locations, configurations to be set up centrally and operations across all equipment to be monitored, the solution optimises system performance.

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