Sony XDCAM HD Selected by “The One”

July 28, 2006
Reality TV show producer Endemol USA is using the Sony XDCAM HD Professional Disc system as the originating format for "The One: Making a Music Star," a 10-week summer series on ABC.

Endemol previously used the SD version of the XDCAM system on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." According to the company, with this new show, the availability of a high-definition version allowed Endemol to acheive the same production efficiencies, while also responding to the demands for more HD programming. Specifically, the production company is using Sony's PDW-F350 HD camcorders and PDW-F70 decks.

Each week, contestants perform live with audience members voting to keep their favorites in the competition. The winner will receive a recording contract with a major record company. The show's concept centers on capturing the contestant's behind-the-scenes experiences as they prepare for their performances.

Key to the show's production plans is using the camcorder's wireless capabilities. While recording, the camcorder automatically generates a timecode-accurate 2Mbps MPEG-4 proxy that is captured to the Sony Professional Disc optical media. In addition, the high-resolution proxy material is transmitted via wireless microwave links and used as a reference for making edit decision lists. Edits are carried out without the need to ingest the high-res video.

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