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Sony equips Nine Network’s new HQ and ease-of-use studio

To build a new headquarters and studio in North Sydney, Australia, Nine Network looked for a mixture of fibre-attached system cameras setup as a mix of robotic pedestals, traditional pedestals, jibs and handhelds.

Stephen Willmott, Nine Network Studio/Live Technology and Automation Specialist, said, “We also required high quality all in one pan/tilt/zoom-capable cameras for smaller studios. Overall, we required SMPTE 2110 compatibility where possible, ease of use, a networked camera control system to enable multiple control rooms access and control of cameras, a potential path to 4K and excellent quality pictures.”

Having made the decision to choose Sony’s cameras, Nine’s new state-of-the-art HQ now consists of a studio with a mix of predominantly Sony HDCU-3100 or HDCU-3500 cameras with a number of BRC cameras for additional angles. 

Nine’s smaller studios use BRC cameras exclusively and there are a few ‘stand-up’ style positions where on-air talent can just walk up to a camera, put on a mic and start broadcasting with Sony’s BRC-X1000 cameras.

Willmott explained, “The Sony equipment has allowed us to be flexible in moving cameras around the facility as required show to show, seamlessly expanding our camera inventory, while maintaining familiar functionality and a high picture quality.

“Since launching the facility, we have commissioned another studio with five additional cameras to service our expanding sports commitments, a commentary booth with a BRC-X1000 and a temporary guest Covid-isolation studio.

“The Sony cameras are central and critical to all of this and give us the ability to create and broadcast any production quickly and efficiently.”

In addition to the cameras, Nine also deployed over 90 Sony professional LMD series monitors throughout the facility. These are used for reference, editing and general review applications. The professional monitors were combined with numerous large display panels used for multi-view applications.

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