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Innovative equips cutting-edge OB truck 4K ONE with Panasonic cameras

Australia’s Innovative Production Services (Innovative) has, over its 25-year history, successfully moved from live events to high-end outside broadcast (OB) production. For its cutting-edge broadcast truck, 4K ONE, Innovative chose to equip it with Panasonic cameras.

Jeremy Koch, Director at Innovative, explained, “Since our experience was based primarily in live events, we researched and discussed our options with those we knew in our industry and that we trusted. This led to us putting the Panasonic UC4000s at the top of our list and once we tested them and saw the pictures, we knew they were the right cameras for us.”

Besides wanting a top-level broadcast camera with features such as 4K, Super Slow Motion and excellent support, Innovative had two big requirements that played a major role in their decision to buy Panasonic cameras.

Koch continued, “The two kickers were having excellent colour reproduction in particular for stage lighting, especially rich saturated colours like Congo blue and having the ability to sub-hire more cameras of the same type from other companies we knew.

“Having Panasonic cameras ticked all of these boxes … and more.”

When their assessment was complete, Innovative purchased multiple Panasonic AK-UC4000GSJ 4K studio cameras with AK-UCU600 CCUs, AG-CX350EN 4K handheld cameras with wireless backs and AW-UE160KEJ 4K pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras.

Koch added, “With The HUB, we needed a minimum of four studio camera chains, so we started with the AK-UC4000GSJs. When we won our next major project, we needed some PTZ cameras that could keep up with the AK-UC4000GSJs and also a great compact handheld camera that would work well for wireless shots in various situations. 

“At that time Panasonic had their AW-UE150KEJ which is an excellent camera, but we wanted even better levels of performance in low light situations. When we found out the new AW-UE160KEJ was coming out with a new sensor, engine and some amazing features, we knew this would be the answer.”

All the Panasonic cameras purchased by Innovative for 4K ONE are high quality 4K cameras that are built to be reliable and offer years of use when used for live events. Apart from the equipment’s excellent image quality, colour reproduction and skin tone reproduction, all the cameras are ‘connected’ and so can all be tied back to the 4K ONE for central control — the AK-UC4000s via SMPTE fibre, the AG-CX350 via wireless link and the AW-UE160 via LAN/fibre.

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