Sony Professional Solutions Europe has signed an agreement with Italy’s national public broadcasting company, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) for the further supply of over 300 pieces of equipment from the XDCAM line, which includes: shoulder-mount camcorders PDW-680 Series, studio decks PDW-HD1200 Series, editing drives PDW-U2 Series and XDCAM stations XDS-PD1000/2000 Series. With this latest acquisition, RAI now has over 1000 units of XDCAM equipment with disc technology.
In 2008, RAI made an important choice: to migrate to HD and a file-based infrastructure, taking significant steps towards digitalisation and investing in a workflow based on an XDCAM HD 422 to 50Mb tape solution. The XDCAM solution represents a genuine value-added product that meets RAI’s need for a platform capable of managing the transition between removable media and the tapeless goal, linked to the accessibility of content files.
RAI studios and production centres will be aligned to the standard file format, defined as XDCAM HD422. RAI was the first international broadcaster to select the XDCAM HD format for the migration of its television production infrastructure.
“The XDCAM format is now the most widespread production system for broadcasting with more than 400,000 units across the world. It is also still synonymous with quality, flexibility and reliability. RAI’s choice was in line with over 250 leading broadcasters worldwide, who have chosen this platform for their applications”, said Benito Mari, country sales manager, media solutions, Sony Professional Europe.