Hearst-Argyle Deals For Sony XDCAM Gear

Hearst-Argyle Television, owner of 25 television stations and manager of three additional TV stations and two radio stations, has decided to go tapeless with Sony’s optical disc-based XDCAM camcorder and decks, in both HD and SD.

“With Sony’s XDCAM system, we expect to significantly streamline production from acquisition to publication across multiple platforms,” said Marty Faubell, vice president of engineering for Hearst-Argyle Television. “Today, video is file-based and this new environment will provide increased opportunities for our stations and their creative staffs.”

The creative services departments at WCVB Boston, WTAE Pittsburgh, WESH Orlando and KCRA Sacramento will start to use the XDCAM HD PDW-F350 camcorder for acquisition of content to be used for internal and external communications, promos and advertising.

WLWT Cincinnati, WYFF Greenville, WXII Winston Salem, KOCO Oklahoma City and KITV Honolulu will be using the SD PDW-530 camera and optical decks for newsgathering.

The systems will be used initially by Hearst-Argyle in a hybrid non-linear editing production chain, transferring content back to tape for air.