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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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HD100 may be used by ABC

In an article by Jay Ankeney, in the latest print edition of TV Technology, page 17, entitled "Good Morning America goes HD", Ankeney quotes Preston Davis, president of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for ABC, as stating that Davis predicts the new HDV recording format will play an increasingly larger role in Good morning America's remote productions. Davis stated that ABC currently uses DV cameras such as the PD-150, which they will gradually replace with 720p HDV cameras, and that ABC feels HDV is a very suitable format for ABC's early transition into high-definition television news.

The only 3-chip 720p HDV camera on the market is the new HD100. The HD100 is roughly the size of a PD150, so it can be assumed that the HD100 is the camera that Preston Davis is referring to. Interchangeable lenses on the HD100 has to be another feature that's attractive to ABC.

The above statement has nothing to do with the obvious ability of the HD100 to be a hardlined uncompressed 720p60 to HD-SDI news and sports camera. It refers to the HD100 as a replacement for ABC's PD150's, for ENG use. ABC, ESPN, and Fox all broadcast their HDTV in 720p. I think wisdom dictates that smaller production entities, like those of us on this board, especially those that shoot eng-style mobile television, and who freelance or do contract production for those networks, should find this information quite interesting. It's way too early to dismiss the HD100 as just a 24p documentary or feature camera. It may prove to be much more versatile in application than us second guessers on internet chat boards think...
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Old July 20th, 2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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I was not aware of that. Thanks for the info Steve,

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