The camera investment was sparked in the early stages of Syracuse’s contract with ESPN; before ESPN3 carried some of the university’s sports events, it provided a list of video tech it wanted Syracuse to use, including the Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV broadcast cameras and two Fujinon HA2x9 7BERD box-style lenses.
“We acquired the cameras as part of a broader video production upgrade we did specifically for the ESPN3 contract, and they have performed exceptionally well,” said John DeFrancisco, Manager of Technical Operations for Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome, in a previous statement.
How It Works
According to a statement by Hitachi, the new broadcast cameras will deliver great content through this process:
“The two Hitachi Z-HD5000s are similarly configured, including 7-inch color viewfinders, tripods, and the Fujinon box-style lenses with powerful 2X zoom extenders and Digi-semi-servo lens controllers for ergonomic operation. Featuring high-performance 2/3″ CCD imagers, advanced digital signal processing and powerful picture controls, the Z-HD5000 cameras consistently produce outstanding image quality and exceptional dynamic range even under rapidly changing lighting and production conditions.”
The Hitachi cameras will also blend with the functions of Syracuse’s 5 HD cameras to capture multiple shots and angles during sports games. The content shot at the games is sent to ESPN in real-time through the network’s dedicated fiber lines.
With the help of the new Hitachi cameras, the university expects to create greater visibility of its sports teams, and deliver eye-popping video to audience members.
“We’re delivering a broadcast quality live show, complete with graphics and instant replays,” said Jacquie Ontano, Head of Production at Syracuse, in a previous statement. “When our season is set, ESPN tells us which Orange games they want to have on ESPN3. Most of our games are in demand because our teams are quite competitive.”