Sony Electronics has recently launched its latest member of HDC family camera systems. HDC-5500 is a new multi-format live camera, capable of direct 4K signal output in 12G-SDI, carrying the 2/3-inch 4K global shutter, three CMOS sensors that ensure superb image quality in HD, 4K, and HDR live production. By installing optional software, users can achieve a high frame rate up to 4K 2× and HD 8×. HDCU-5500 is a half-rack-sized new camera control unit (CCU) used with HDC-5500. This CCU provides both 12G-SDI 4K output interface and IP interfaces, SMPTE ST 2110, and NMOS IS-04/05 by hardware option.
The combination of HDC-5500 and HDCU-5500 is connected by a single fiber cable without a baseband processor unit. This pair also offers ultra-high bitrate (UHB) transmission that transmits two channels of 4K signals at a time.
Installing a wireless side panel option, HKC-WL50, the HDC-5500 can be operated as a wireless camera as well as used with a camera stabilizer. Using newly developed signal-processing technology between the camera and CCU, the UHB transmission enables the transmission of two camera signals simultaneously by a single fiber cable, increasing the operational flexibility of the camera system.
The 4K Trunk feature efficiently transmits two sources from HDC-5500 to CCU – one source from the host HDC-5500 itself and a second camera connected to the HDC-5500’s 12G-SDI input. In addition, 4K Prompter is transmitted from the HDCU-5500 to camera head, also utilizing the UHB transmission.
The HDC-5500 can utilize an interchangeable side panel, which can ensure backward compatibility with current HD camera control units such as the HDCU-2500/3100 series.