New Hampshire-based Game Creek Video, a longtime Sony Electronics customer, selected 10 of its HDC-F5500 shallow depth-of-field system cameras to meet the needs of entertainment, sports and business customers. The cameras feature a Super 35mm 4K CMOS global shutter image sensor and high frame rate capabilities. Plus, they enable cinematic capture alongside additional models from Sony’s HDC series of cameras. This includes 2/3 inch options such as the HDC-5500.
Together they offer precise color matching, easy systematization, complementary accessories, and a familiar layout and form factor for ease of use and reliable image quality. They’re also ideal for multi-camera productions, says the San Diego, Calif.-based company.
Additional features of the F5500 HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera include wide color gamut support, high sensitivity, low noise, various frame rates up to 120 fps in 4K mode, and 60p output. The F5500 also includes a locally or remotely controlled eight-stage motorized ND filter for precise depth-of-field control. The camera’s direct 4K/12G-SDI output facilitates wireless operation and recording. The camera is also compatible with existing camera control units (CCUs). Thus, they are easy to move between Game Creek trucks and take advantage of existing infrastructure.
“Our rollout of the F5500 is another step forward in the tremendous collaboration between Game Creek Video and Sony,” said Pat Sullivan, President and Founder of Game Creek Video. “With each successive HDC model, beginning with the 1500 and continuing with the 2500, 4300, 4800, P50 and 5500, Sony and Game Creek have advanced the art of broadcast video capture. Game Creek customers and millions of viewers have benefited.
A successful collaboration
“We believe the F5500 is the future of larger sensor multi-camera production,” adds Riley Helsen, director, client solutions, Game Creek Video. “Our customers were asking for a solution that could properly balance the look of cinematic production with the setup efficiency they are used to with an integrated broadcast camera system. The F5500 does that.
“As live entertainment productions seek to expand artistic expression through cinematic storytelling, we are thrilled to provide Game Creek Video with a shallow depth-of-field studio camera that ignites customers’ creative vision,” says John Studdert, Head of Multimedia Solutions, Sony Electronics. . “As a long-time customer and early adopter of our 2/3-inch cameras, we [feel]honored to have chosen the F5500 to catalyze their success. We look forward to continuing to partner with Game Creek to innovate, develop new solutions, and create more milestones together.
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Sony and Game Creek Video share a rich history, highlighted by a number of “firsts”. Game Creek Video took delivery of the first HDC-1500 in the United States in 2004. It purchased the first HDC-4300 in 2015. The company then made a landmark purchase of the HDC-5500 in 2019 to expand its 4K HDR operations. This latest HDC-F5500 standardization represents the camera’s biggest sale for entertainment use. The company says it has provided customers with state-of-the-art Sony technology, including more than 500 cameras. As a result, Game Creek Video claims to have improved options and capabilities and advancing the state of live production.