HDC-F5500 Super 35mm 4K system camera delivers inspiring performance at Montreux Jazz Festival

May 3, 2022

Swiss broadcaster RTS worked with Sony to capture on-stage performances at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival, using the new HDC-F5500 system camera that features a highly sensitive 4K Super 35mm sensor.

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Large sensor captures immersive live images

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of music’s most celebrated live events and the second largest annual jazz festival in the world.

Held on the shoreline of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva, this year’s 56th festival in July 2022 marked the live music debut of Sony’s HDC-F5500 system camera. Realising uniquely immersive images thanks to its sensitive Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor, the new camera allowed public broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) to capture wide beauty shots as well as tight close-ups of the 2022 artist line-up.

Thrilling visual experiences

Alongside its dazzling roster of international performers, Montreux is one of the world’s most digitally advanced music events. “Audio-visual production has always been central to everything we do” says Nicolas Bonard, CEO of Montreux Jazz Festival Media Ventures. “We were one of the first festivals to film all its concerts in 1957, and one of the first to go from Standard Definition to High Definition”.

“The Montreux Jazz Festival provides two weeks of unmissable live entertainment from some of the world’s most exciting and biggest names in music” notes Nicolas. “We are proud to continue the festival’s tradition of innovation by working with Sony and RTS to deliver an unparallel creative execution to the artists’ performance, and a thrilling visual experience for music lovers from around the world. Sony and the Festival have already worked together in the 2000’s to deliver Full HD AV productions. This partnership is the continuation of a long tradition.”  

HDC-F5500 is on stage of Montreux Jazz Festival

Complementing today’s live workflows

The HDC-F5500 offers a seamless enhancement to today’s live production workflows. Compatibility with a wide range of Sony HDC system components and accessories – like remote control panels for live shading and painting work – makes it easy to enjoy the camera’s benefits within existing live infrastructures.

“As our OB vehicles are equipped with the HDC-5500, the release of the HDC-F5500 is a great opportunity for us to go with a large sensor in a smart way” says Yannick Dumartineix, Head of Production at RTS. “We only have to replace the camera head and maintain the rest of the chain.”

The HDC-F5500 is also fully compatible with Sony’s ground-breaking SR Live for HDR production workflow, allowing broadcasters to satisfy multiple programme delivery requirements with reduced hardware and crewing requirements.

Refined artistic expression and operational flexibility

Other refinements include a motorised 8-step ND filter that can be controlled locally or remotely for increased operational flexibility. The integrated filter allows precise selection of focus depth as well as controlled capture of fast-moving subjects, even in bright lighting conditions. Another highlight is the camera’s wide colour gamut, with support for BT.2020, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and HLG matching the colour science inside Sony’s other flagship cameras.

The HDC-F5500 also features Sony’s global shutter technology. Preventing rolling shutter distortion and flash band effects, it’s ideal when shooting against LED video walls that are a common fixture in many entertainment and sports venues.

 

HDC-F5500 in motion

We’ve been thrilled to continue the festival’s tradition of innovation by working with Sony and RTS to deliver an unparallel creative execution to the artists’ performance, and a thrilling visual experience for music lovers from around the world.

Nicolas Bonard, CEO
Montreux Jazz Festival Media Ventures

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