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Sony brings Utopia to life

10 December 2014
Sony brings Utopia to life

New reality TV show Utopia is set to hit Turkish television screens soon, having been captured using Sony technology. Acer Media chose Sony’s professional products to produce the show for TV8, which will be available to view both online and via televisions.

The show, originally developed in the Netherlands, follows the lives of 15 competitors, who are filmed as they live together in a remote uninhabited area where they have to build a community from scratch. The competition will take place over ten months, with the camera crews and production teams also living in the same remote location, using Sony technology.

The Sony products used to shoot Utopia include BRC-Z330 and BRC-Z700 robotic cameras, and EVI-H100S robotic cameras for night shooting. Sony’s fully digital DWX wireless microphone series will then provide peerless digital audio, with full remote control of the transmitters being enabled through Sony’s Cross Remote RF control function.

Sony Professional sales manager Koray Köymen commented: “We’ve previously been fortunate enough to work with Acer Media on numerous projects before, including Survivor. We continued this co-operation on the Utopia project, where we had the opportunity to use the latest remote robotic cameras and digital audio technology.

“We’d like to thank Acer Media for this opportunity, and we look forward to working more with the team in the future. We’ll continue to work together to provide the best viewer experience we can for Turkish audiences, harnessing the latest Sony technology.”

The BRC-Z330 and BRC-Z700 robotic cameras can be mounted on ceilings or any other flat surface, and have wide-range pan/tilt/zoom features.. The BRC-Z330 is the smallest camera of its kind on the marketplace, ensuring a discrete shooting presence, the company claims.

The DWX series of digital wireless microphones will provide 24 channels of UHF wireless microphone technology, and eight Sony AN-01 UHF antennas, alongside the RMU-01 wireless remote control units, will be used to cover the full 10,000m2 area.

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