Sony is test recording the PGA Tour in Hawaii with live 4K and HDR right now

by on January 15, 2016

Stephan Jukic – January 15, 2016

The PGA Tour season i son the eve of beginning and Sony will be on hand to make sure that profesional golf gets shot in a way that few have ever seen before thanks to 4K video recording equipment.

In other words, the 2016 Sony Open will be running from January 17th onwards and the electronics and media giant Sony will be using it as a testing ground for live production of the tournament in 4K resolution, as part of a wider emphasis on live sportscast production and broadcasting.

Multiple Sony professional 4K production cameras will be set up throughout the course and Sony will make particular use of their new HDC-4300 pro 4K recording rig for capturing action at the 17th hole in a resolution more than 4 times that of Full HD 1080p resolution.

The Sony camera systems that will be present at the PGA Tour are some of the world’s first to use 2/3-inch 4K image sensors and in their tasks, they will be performing a dual function. On the one hand, these cameras will offer up the video for the main broadcast, creating matching images for the additional cameras that are going to film the rest of the event. Then, secondly, the new HDC-4300 4K camera will also be used to grab 4K HDR video and send them to separate servers as part of a continuous Sony effort at perfecting HDR video production and capturing the kind of footage which would be well suited for its newer 2015 and 2016 4K UHD HDR-capable TVs.

One of Sony's HDC-4300 professional 4K cameras

One of Sony’s HDC-4300 professional 4K cameras

According to Alec Shapiro, president of Professional Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics, “Golf Channel is giving us prime real estate to get the best possible angles in 4K. Sports in general are a perfect match for 4K, but gold is especially impressive. With 4K, viewers can really see every break of the greens and see the texture of the grass.”

Sony will then be using the Tournament to show off 4K sportscast content for demonstration events. As a result, multiple viewing areas will be in place at Waialae Country Club, where the PGA Tour is being held and these viewing areas will let viewers on site get a good look at just what Sony’s 4K and HDR 4K live broadcasts of the Tournament look like up close.

More conventionally, the Sony Open in Hawaii has been airing live on the Golf Channel in prime-time since Thursday, January 14th and will run until Sunday, January 17th in non-4K resolution.

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