Despite the great strides made by 4K TV sales in Taiwan, TV stations, especially terrestrial stations, have recognized the need to increase production of original 4K content more suited for local consumers.
One such station is free-to-air Chinese Television System (CTS) which is part of the Taiwan Broadcasting System.
“In line with the nation’s ‘Forward-looking Infrastructure Plan,’ CTS has identified 4K as a key component of our goal to bring high-quality local programmes to our viewers,” said Chao-I Lee, Manager Engineering Department at CTS.
Founded in 1971, CTS is renowned for its wide range of quality programmes including dramas, variety shows and sports.
CTS is well remembered for its 350-episode Chinese drama classic Justice Bao which was launched in 1974. It was the longest running TV series produced entirely by CTS and aired in over 80 countries. The series still enjoys a cult following. Most recently, CTS was the exclusive TV station to broadcast the 2017 Summer Universiade, an international multi-sport event that was hosted by Taiwan.
CTS assessed several 4K partners and after a lengthy evaluation, selected Sony. It was the first time that CTS has acquired Sony equipment for its studios.
“Sony impressed us with their diversified 4K product line and after-sales service. To reduce the learning curve, Sony also provided regular on-site training support,” Lee added.
The Sony 4K equipment selected by CTS include the BRC-X1000 – Sony’s first 4K remote camera. CTS identified this compact and powerful robotic camera for its uncompromising picture quality as well as its versatility to complement other broadcast cameras for capturing images in hard-to-reach positions. The remote camera can be easily deployed in TV newsrooms, remote studios and sports stadiums. It’s also particularly suited for efficient multi-camera set-ups under the control of a single operator.
Another equipment that impressed Chao-I and his team was Sony’s PXW-Z450, the world’s first 4K HDR shoulder camcorder. “The BRC-X1000’s low-light sensitivity and silent pan-tilt zoom functions were stand-out features. Together with the PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder, it will give the CTS crew more creative options,” Lee continued.
CTS acquired three Sony PXW-Z450 4K HDR shoulder camcorders.
To complement the two Sony cameras, CTS also invested in the BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX™ Professional Master Monitor for its studio and post-production suites. Selected for its excellent High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and wide colour gamut, the BVM-HX310 also offers easy system integration with CTS’ current production workflows.
“We’re very encouraged by the seamless integration of the new Sony equipment and we’re confident that CTS will continue our collaboration with Sony,” Lee concluded.