Hot Spot boosts live events production quality with versatile FB80 cameras

Treviso-based production and facilities specialist Hot Spot has invested in six Sony HXC-FB80 camera chains to enhance its OB capability for coverage of sports, theatre and live entertainment.

Basketball stadium with people seated in the seats and a FB80 Sony camera overlaid

How we helped

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The Challenge

  • Italian full-service video specialist needed upgraded acquisition capability to meet client demand for live sports and OB productions
  • Required superior picture quality and reliable operation
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The Solution

  • OB vehicle equipped with six Sony HXC-FB80 Full HD camera systems with hybrid fibre connectivity and HXCU-FB80 camera control units
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The Outcome

  • Enhanced Full HD image quality with impressive sensitivity and colour reproduction
  • Compact size, seamless integration and reliable operation in busy OB environment

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We were very impressed by the lightness, reliability and simple operation of the FB80, together with its excellent sensitivity and image quality with beautiful colour reproduction.

Alessandro Alverà, Senior Producer, Hot Spot TV Production and Facilities

Covering a wide range of sport and live events

Founded in 2004, Hot Spot is a full-service video production and facilities company based in Treviso in northern Italy with an additional operations centre in Mozambique. Employing over 30 staff, Hot Spot produces a wide spectrum of live events including coverage of football, basketball, cycling, volleyball, ice hockey, swimming and rollersports as well as theatrical productions. The company’s extensive output also spans promotional films, documentaries, commercials, animation and motion graphics.

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Row of HXC-FB80 Sony cameras

Upgrading OB facilities with HXC-FB80

To meet growing customer demand for live events production, Hot Spot has upgraded one of its Outside Broadcast vehicles with the addition of six camera systems based on Sony’s versatile HXC-FB80. Providing extensive signal and control interfaces for smooth integration in live OB and studio-based production workflows, the cost-effective HXC-FB80 offers support for HD HDR and 1080p workflows. It also provides a 4K upscaling output (via HXCU-FB80 Camera Control Unit) that’s ideal for creating future-proofed content in Ultra HD.

Impressive picture quality, reliability and versatility

As Hot Spot Senior Producer Alessandro Alverà explains, the all-round capabilities of the HXC-FB80 made it an ideal replacement for the previous cameras in their OB vehicle: ‘We were very impressed by the lightness, reliability and simple operation of the FB80, together with its excellent sensitivity and image quality with beautiful colour reproduction.’

Sony HXC-FB80 Camera