Geoff Rudder, General Manager – National Resources at Global Television, recalls the first day of NAB 2012 in Las Vegas, when the company had just made the significant acquisition of 24 Sony HDC-2400 Camera chains. The equipment would join Global’s existing fleet of over 140 HDC cameras.
Says Rudder, “In order to stay ahead of the game we are continually acquiring the best technology. We decided on the Sony HDC-2400 Camera chains as they are Sony’s top of the line cameras with unparalleled picture quality, operator familiarity and flexibility of formats. The HDC-2400 Cameras also enable us to mix and match accessories and chain components with our existing HDC-1500 Cameras for even greater versatility.”
Established in 1988, Global Television is a leading provider of outsourced television production services. With some of Australia’s most advanced studio and OB facilities, Global Television facilitates more than 2,000 hours of television content each year, ranging from mid-size outside broadcasts to large scale, highly complex and logistically demanding events. Several production vans in Global’s fleet are capable of 24 on-board camera control unit (CCU) camera chains and also able to handle additional inputs from other out-rigged sources.
Global Television counts as its key clients major television networks and producers and has a hand in a diverse array of programmes including dramas, studio-based shows, entertainment events and live sporting coverage. Its Sydney and Melbourne studios are the base for major Australian productions such as the game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ as well as seasonal productions like ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’. The company’s studio OB capabilities allow it to facilitate external studio productions such as ‘The Voice and Neighbours’.
Key to meeting the market’s needs has been Global’s progressive migration from standard definition to High Definition, in which the company has benefitted from its longstanding relationship with Sony.
Adds Rudder on the acquisition of the HDC-2400 Cameras, “When you offer high calibre broadcast services like Global Television does, the picture quality of the cameras and the switchers we use are paramount. 3G SMPTE fibre connections, 2/3-inch CCD and 16bit A/D Convertor are examples of why Global Television chose the HDC-2400 Camera chain.”
The HDC-2400 was very quickly put through its paces on last year’s relaunch of the hugely successful reality TV series ‘Big Brother’ for the Nine Network, one of Australia’s major commercial broadcasters. “Big Brother’s production requires the HDC-2400 to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – non-stop recording over an 11-week period. It clearly proved the reliability of this camera,” says Rudder.
Another area in which Global Television excels is live sports coverage. Sports-loving Australians count on Global Television to bring them their regular fix of AFL, cricket, NRL, tennis and other major sports.
As the HDC-2400 will be, according to Rudder, “predominantly used in the coverage of major Australian sporting events in varied OB environments, stadiums and event venues”, it was absolutely vital that the equipment Global Television brought on board be best in its class.
The HDC-2400 Camera will be paired with the Sony HDCU-2000 Camera Control Base Station for studio and OB use. Rudder is also hoping that “Sony will have format updates to even make the base stations ready for the future and be part of the 4K live production solution.”
Global Television is always at the forefront of technology and facilitated Australia’s first 3D sports telecast, the 2010 Australia vs. New Zealand soccer friendly for FOX Sports Australia; the world’s first live terrestrial 3D sports broadcast with the NRL State of Origin in 2010 for the Nine Network; as well as 3D broadcasts of the AFL Grand Final and the NRL Grand Final that year (for the Seven Network and Nine Network, respectively).
The company’s reputation for excellence has also seen Global Television deliver International Broadcast Centre requirements for the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the upcoming 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in which Global is also providing Host Broadcaster services in conjunction with its joint-venture partner, Sunset+Vine.
With its footprint of quality services growing across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, Global Television uses a wide range of other Sony products and solutions including HDC-3300 SSM Camera chains, BRC-H700 and HDC-X310 POV Cameras, PDW-700 Camcorders, and numerous and varied models of Sony monitors including the PVM-2541 OLED model.
Concludes Rudder, “These purchases have enabled Global Television to grow and strengthen its close, long-term relationship with Sony which, in addition to the quality of Sony broadcast equipment, also allows us access to broadcast industry-leading service and support resources.”