On April 23rd 2022 Tyson Fury successfully defended his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against challenger Dillian Whyte in front of a 94,000 capacity crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium.
In a European sports broadcasting first, Sony’s large-sensor HDC-F5500 system camera featured as part of a 4K HDR live production workflow that brought together BT Sport and OB facilities specialist EMG UK to cover the hotly-anticipated event.
At Wembley the HDC-F5500 took the critical ‘Camera 1’ position alongside a total of 26 Sony HDC series system cameras covering the action.
“Camera 1 is really important at boxing events” says Martyn Edwards, Project Director at EMG UK. “It always starts with a big wide shot of the ring and the big screens, and it pushes in to get right into the action. That cinematic feel you get from it really plays well here.”
Boasting a highly sensitive Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor that’s capable of achieving a uniquely artistic look for live sports, the HDC-F5500 is designed for seamless integration into familiar production workflows. It also features Sony’s global shutter technology that’s ideal when shooting against LED video walls that feature in many sporting venues.
EMG have got a long history of innovative outside broadcasting with Sony, and we always find that their systems work fantastically. So it really has been a seamless integration for us.
Project Director at EMG UK
“When it comes to sporting events, we’re constantly seeking to try out the latest technologies to improve on our existing workflows and deliver a world class viewing experience” comments Andy Beale, Chief Engineer at BT Sport. “High visibility events like the fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte are the perfect setting to trial new cameras in a live context.”
“There’s definitely been an increase in the demand for us to create more cinematic productions” says Charlotte Winter, OB Manager at BT Sport. “We’ve been partnering with Sony for a really long time. Integrating the F5500 we’ve had great hands-on support, which has really helped us in what’s a very, very busy production.”