Wireless link for Sony’s 3D Steadicam9 September 2011
Hire firm Presteigne Charter has made the first purchase in Europe of Sony’s new shoulder-mounted 3D camcorder, the PMW-TD300. The purchase will also include tests with a new wireless link for the camera which permits convergence control by MPE-200 processor over standard RF link.
The new entry-to-mid-level imager priced around Euro 25,000 was announced at NAB and is officially launched at IBC. It uses the XDCAM EX codec and comes with a pair of ½-inch Exmor Full HD CMOS sensors. It can record over six hours of HD to four 64GB SxS cards.
Sony has worked with Broadcast RF to devise a wireless link for Steadicam use. According to Sony’s Mark Grinyer: "By using the link the camcorder effectively looks to a convergence operator in a OB truck as if it were a 3D rig. This is something that live 3D sports productions in particular have been crying out for."
The camcorder and link have been tested by Sony with Sky and OB provider Telegenic in laboratory conditions.
Presteigne Charter previously devised its own 3D Steadicam radio camera. (www.tvbeurope.com/main-content/full/3d-steadicam-rolls-into-pre-production)