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Sony builds up its camcorders

Sony builds up its camcorders

Sony builds up its camcorders

The CBK-FS7BK kit includes an extension unit with a wireless audio receiver slot

Sony has optimised its PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7 II XDCAM camcorders for news gathering with the new CBK-FS7BK ENG-style buildup kit and the LA-EB1 adapter that connects a B4 lens and an E mount.

The CBK-FS7BK kit has been designed to allow users to shoulder-mount their cameras for longer, making it suited to use in news, interviews, documentaries and reality television production. It includes an extension unit with a wireless audio receiver slot and has built-in network capability. The buildup kit also possesses a viewfinder and a cheese plate, as well as an adjustable shoulder plate designed for optimal weight balance. Streaming and file transfers are made possible via wireless LAN or 4G/LTE connections. QoS performance streaming is provided thanks to the camcorder’s Dual Link connection for the multiplexing of two cellular networks. Facilitating the use of the E mount and B4 lens accessories, the LA-EB1 enables the FS7 and FS7 II to capture images with deep and shallow depths of field.


Two new IP extension adapters have been added to Sony’s lineup of Live Production solutions that transform the current HDC series of SDI system cameras into IP cameras with an SMPTE ST 2110 interface. The HDCE-TX30 enables direct remote production capability for any of the HDC-2500, HDC-3100 and HDC-3500 camera heads by offering instant SMPTE ST21101 IP Live Network connectivity. The HDCE-RX30 – a complementary solution to the HDCE-TX30 – offers native SMPTE ST21101 IP Live Network connectivity, allows users to route any camera head to any HDCU-2500, HDCU-3100 or HDCU-3500 CCU and provides SDI and IP mixed system configurations as well as 4K/HD, HDR/SDR mixed operation based in SDI.

The MKS-R4020 and MKS-E1620 are two remote-control panels that strengthen the reliability of commands through Live Element Orchestrator. The MKS-R4020 is a remote-control panel that comes with 40 assignable LCD buttons that allow users to change configurations, including monitor input, remote control panel assignment and multi-viewer layout, while the MKS-E1620 is a remote-control panel with 16 encoders that can adjust various parameters of live equipment, including a system camera’s HDR colour and contrast. The PWSK-4509 is an optional interface board that offers SMPTE ST 2110 support for the PWS-4500 4K/HD live production server. The addition of the interface board allows the server to seamlessly connect with an IP live production environment and enables it to receive and transmit multiple video and audio signals with 25GbE (SFP28) via an IP network.

Sony’s Venice full-frame digital motion picture camera has also been given new functionality with the version 5.0 firmware update. It has received additional HFR capabilities and added workflow flexibility, allowing users to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1.

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