In Broadcast - February 2014 - 58
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Sony Reduces 4K Camcorder Size
ony's newest 4K Handycam
AX100E is ideal for people
who want to capture and enjoy
their special memories on their 4K
BRAVIA TV in the highest possible
Approximately 75% smaller and
66% lighter than the FDR-AX1E for
comfortable one-handed shooting,
its small body is roomy enough to
pack in the best of Sony technology.
It's the ﬁrst 4K Handycam that
features a large back-illuminated
1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor.
Far larger than the sensor in normal
consumer camcorders, this captures
ﬂawless 4K Ultra HD images (3840
x 2160 pixels) with four times the
detail of Full HD while also allowing
beautiful bokeh background
The 4K sensor is paired with
Sony's BIONZ X processor that
employs area-specific noise
reduction and detail reproduction
technology for vivid footage.
Together with the camcorder's
advanced Cinematone Gamma/
Colour function, progressive 25p
recording gives a sumptuously
warm, rich look to your footage.
The Handycam AX100E uses
a newly-developed ZEISS VarioSonnar T* lens with 12x optical
zoom that's been ﬁne-tuned for 4K
shooting. Deﬁnition is ﬁnespun right
into the corner of the frame, thanks
to the 11 group/17 element lens
that incorporates AA (advanced
aspherical) and ED lens elements.
Working in harmony with the large
1.0-type sensor, BIONZ X processor
and ZEISS lens with a seven-bladed
aperture, the lens assures ﬂawless
movies and still images, with the
option of creating impressive bokeh
effects - just like a professional
videographer. For even more
polished results, Optical SteadyShot
keeps footage smooth and stable
when you're shooting handheld.
In another 4K Handycam ﬁrst,
Dual Video Recording lets you
simultaneously record high quality
movie clips and ready-to-share
MP4 files. Capture movies in
XAVC S (at up to 4K/60 Mbps or
HD/50Mbps) or AVCHD formats to
view, edit and enjoy with the highest
resolution. At the same time, a more
compact lower-resolution copy of
your footage is recorded in MP4
format. After shooting, just touch
your NFC-enabled smartphone or
Sony's new 4K Handycam FDR-AX100E
tablet to wirelessly transfer webfriendly MP4 clips from the AX100E
for quick online sharing.
Creative options are broadened
further with high frame rate
recording that captures the action
in HD quality (1280x720).
Playback of video and still
photos on a 4K TV is as simple as
connecting the supplied HDMI cable.
Even if you're not watching on a 4K
set, it provides Super-sampled Full
HD Play back which automatically
down-converts 4K footage to 2K
(Full HD), using the enormous
amounts of data in every 4K frame
for spectacular results.
As an extra reﬁnement, touching
the camcorder's display during 4K
playback trims the area immediately
round the area you've touched for
playback as a Full HD movie.
The 4K Handycam FDR-AX100E is
available across Europe May 2014.
Studiotech Launch Quick Deploy Mobile Production Studio
lobal systems company
Studiotech have launched
a new Mobile Production Studio
system. In the field, the new
system gives quick access to all
the necessary facilities to manage
multi-camera events such as news
gathering, conferences, concert
backstage coverage, spor ts
reports etc. It fully complies with
IATA transportation regulations
of size and weight, and a major
advantage is its quick and
easy set up and installation.
system allows up to four cameras,
broadcast or industrial, using
embedded audio, up to 100
metres from the control unit.
The connection for each camera
is via a specially developed
single cable supplied on a
drum. The system requires
just a single mains connection.
The central control unit features
a Sony MCS-8M multi format
compact switcher with one
mix effect. Inputs include the
signals from the four cameras,
a nd Progra m a nd Preview
output signals are
The new Studiotech Mobile Production Studio system
provided and may be routed to
transmission and/or to each of
the cameras if desired. A Sony
PWM-50 XD CAM HD 422 card
recorder/player is provided
fo r re c o r din g o r p l ayo u t s.
An XLR connection is provided
f o r t h e i n te r c o m h e a d s e t
at each camera position.
A 24" screen is mounted in the
lid of the transportation case
and displays all sources and
output signals through a ten
signal multiviewer. The origin of
each signal is clearly indicated.
A ﬁ bre interface developed by
Studiotech enables coding and
decoding for the audio and
video signals and the optical
signals. The single mode ﬁ bre
connectors are interfaced via
connectors and cables going
to and from the came ra s.
The fibre inter face used to
transform the SDI and intercom
ve r s a i s
one of the
concept of the studio system.
Each junction box of the camera
system has a control panel
managing amongst others the
monitoring signal switching
and the intercom PTT. There
are five connectors for DC
supply, Tally, intercom headset,
input video and output video.
Fo r e a c h of th e c a m e r a s
Studiotech supplies a manual
drum with a single 100m cable.
In practice, each drum remains
close to the Central Control
Unit and the required length of
cable is unwound to the camera
position. The cable includes a
dual optical ﬁ bre which carries
video and audio in both directions.
Each camera system comprises
a Vinten tripod, a camera, and
a ju n c ti o n b ox d eve l o p e d
by Studiotech ser ving as a
dedicated inter face between
the mobile studio and each
camera. Almost all industrial
and broadcast cameras can be
integrated without modiﬁ cation.
By default, the proposed industrial
camera is Sony PWM-200. The
default broadcast came ras
are Sony PWM-300/320/400.
The Studiotech Mobile Production
system is now available directly
from Studiotech Belgium or via its
network of global ofﬁces.