Eclipse Innovations supplies Phumelela with the first Sony FB80 and BRC series cameras for sporting in SA

James Garden (Eclipse Innovations), Jaycee Milner (Sony) and Kevin Keating (Phumelela Gaming and Leisure)

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Phumelela Gaming and Leisure have recently acquired the new Sony HXC-FB80 and BRC-X1000 cameras. Delivered through Johannesburg-based broadcast and media production company, Eclipse Innovations, the purchase by Phumelela marks the very first sale of the HXC-FB80 and BRC-X1000 cameras for sporting in South Africa.

Phumelela Gaming and Leisure is responsible for all contribution feeds of horse racing from Turffontein, Vaal, Fairview and Kimberley Race Courses in South Afirca. These pictures are distributed around the world daily. “Phumelela are always updating their systems to keep in line with global trends and broadcast standards. The Sony HXC-FB80 and BRC-X1000 cameras will be installed in our OB van and used to cover daily horse race meetings and monthly boxing tournaments,” comments a representative from Phumelela who praises the price point, flexibility and performance of the cameras.

The Sony HXC-FB80 is a full HD studio camera system with 4K upscale and HD HDR capability. Sony dubs the camera as an ideal solution for 4K/HD live production, delivering efficient operation and expanding applications in the business and industry market, in addition to the content creation applications for broadcast and production. Sony’s first 4K remote camera, the BRC-X1000 is a 4K pan tilt zoom camera with 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor that remotely captures broadcast quality 4K images with smooth, silent PTZ and excellent low-light sensitivity.

When the discussions to procure new HD cameras for the race course began, Eclipse Innovations knew that the Sony HXC-FB80 HD/4K camera chains would be the best fit for the race track. “This FB80 camera is the latest HD/4K offering from Sony and in our view one of the best available to the market at the moment,” explains James Garden, MD of Eclipse Innovations. “When we needed to look at the remote camera requirement, we used the BRC-X1000 IP camera. This will be operated over fibre and fully controlled in the OB vehicle. With this system being IP-based we can scale it up to 100 remote cameras, future proofing this capital expenditure as and when the need arises. When it comes to budgets in the broadcast market it is always something we need to keep in mind as suppliers, as well as to look at final costs for customers in order to get them the most bang for their buck, and the Sony FB80 proved to be the option that best suited the application and budgets. In so many cases clients experience open wallet surgery when doing technical upgrades and it is our aim to best service our customers not only in terms of service levels but also with the most suited products.”

Paul Martin, business head for Broadcast and Media sales in Africa at Sony Professional Solutions MEA comments: “We are very pleased that Phumelela have chosen Sony cameras to capture the excitement and action of horse racing and boxing. These camera systems will help future proof their content for viewers to enjoy on the fast-growing choice of High Dynamic Range TV sets and display devices.”


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