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Scottish TV chooses Sony for news

Scottish TV has invested in Sony cameras and kit to support newsgathering workflows across its five sites

Scottish TV has invested in Sony cameras and kit to support newsgathering workflows across its five sites. The Scottish broadcasters has purchased 25 Sony PMW-400L cameras; 25 Sony CBK-WA101 wireless adapters; eight PMW-1000 memory recording decks; and four PMW-50 SxS Field Gear units. The investment also included a full suite of Sony audio products from the DWX Series, consisting of DWR-S02D slot-in digital wireless receivers, DWT-B01/E belt-packs and DWTP01/E plug-on audio transmitters, coupled with Sony ECM-77BC lavalier microphones.

Scottish TV aims to transition to HD, and with the PMW-400’s compatibility with both the IMX50 and HD422 standards, the tools will support current needs as well as helping Scottish TV prepare for a high definition future.

Sony’s CBK-WA101 wireless adapters enable transmission of content over a wireless network from any of the company’s new PMW-400Ls. Connecting directly to the PMW-400L, the CBK-WA101 adapter enables the transmission of both proxy files and high-resolution content to a broadcast station, on premise server or cloud environment via 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi.

“With five dedicated production sites across Scotland, and a wide geographical area to cover, easily integrating footage into the news production workflow is both challenging and vital to us,” said Sam Dornan, channels operations manager at Scottish TV. “The proven XDCAM codec was one of the main reasons we decided to invest in Sony’s technology. The strength of the workflow that the codec enables means that our teams will be able to easily ingest, edit, and export their content as video files, crucial as we look to the future for our newsgathering teams.”

Colin Mendham, the sales manager at CVP who managed the deal, commented: “We’ve worked closely with Scottish TV as it transitions to Sony’s XDCAM tools, ensuring we deliver the best support we can. Having initially worked with Scottish TV to identify its needs in newsgathering technology, we then conducted exhaustive technical and operational tests, field trials and head-to-head comparisons, and Sony’s equipment came out on top.”