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Polo Production Prefers PMW-300

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Sony's PMW-300 camcorder has been selected by production company Blue Tuna to shoot all of Sky Sports' live polo coverage in the UK this Summer.

Blue Tuna opted for seven PMW-300s to shoot three tournaments in the UK, including the British Open Polo Championships and the Dukes Polo Tournament, as well as the Bulgari Gold Cup tournament at the Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande, Spain. The footage was then broadcast via Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in South America.
The PMW-300 features three 1/2-inch Exmor™ Full-HD CMOS sensors to provide high light sensitivity and low image noise.
Sony's 3Dimensional Noise Reducer technology (3DNR) reduced noise between frames, creating the resolution needed for live HD production.
The director also used a Sony PVM-2541A 25-inch TRIMASTER EL OLED monitor and two 17-inch PVM-1741A OLED monitors for production monitoring throughout each of the shoots.
All seven of the PMW-300s were provided by rental company Shoot Blue.
"Having used the PMW-300 before, I knew we would be able to achieve outstanding image quality during every shoot," said Jon Howarth, managing director of Blue Tuna. "By using a Fujinon ACM-21 lens adapter, we were able to use the same range of lenses we would use with any HD system camera, and most importantly, achieve the same high image quality."
"One of the other reasons we opted for PMW-300s was the fact that they record internally using ISO recording. This meant that unlike an OB production using HD system cameras, we had full recordings for each of the different camera angles, as well as the central recording of the final mixed output.
"This gave us far greater flexibility when it came to mixing the recorded version of the footage, as we could draw on multiple camera angles after the shoot had finished."

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