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HDNet broadcasts first HDTV from Afghanistan

HDNet broadcasts first HDTV from Afghanistan

The Broadcast News Networks (BNN) and HDNet are broadcasting the first high-definition television war reports from Afghanistan.

BNN reporter Peter Arnett and two crewmen broadcast high-definition television reports from Afghanistan using the Sony HDCam700a.

Two crewmen, along with BNN reporter, Peter Arnett, will spend the next few weeks broadcasting news stories from the war zones in Afghanistan, Kabul and Pakistan. This is the first time a war has ever been broadcast in HDTV.

The crew is using the Sony HDCam700a. The compact and 17lb. camera is designed to ensure reliable high-definition image and sound capture in the field. The forty-minute HD video recording in small cassettes is highly advantageous for a wide range of program origination and digital electronic cinematography applications.

Additional features of the Sony HDCam700 include:

  • Lens commonality
  • A PowerHAD>> CCD with very low noise and a wide dynamic range to ensure image capture within a wide range of scene illumination.
  • Audio recording format with supports four channels digital AES/EBU audio. Camcorder provides two input channels with redundant recording.
  • Picture sharpness has a high horizontal MTF of 2M pixel CCD maintained up to 24Mhz luminance.
  • A Memory Chip "setup Card"
  • HD Color Playback

The camera crew broadcasting from Afghanistan captures images with the Sony HDCam700. The camera is compact and lightweight, designed to ensure reliable high-definition images and sound capture in the field.

After capturing the images with the Sony HDCam700a, the crew records the footage in Afghanistan and Peter Arnett writes his own script there, complete with sound byte notes. The footage and the script are then sent to HDNet editing studios in Denver, Colorado, where the show is edited to Peter Arnett's script.

As soon as HDNet receives the next show's tape and script, they edit the show to premiere the following day during prime time. Then the show airs anywhere from once to 3 times a day over the next week or more, until the next tapes arrive, and then the pattern repeats with the next segment.