‘Sesame Street’ converts to HD

The children’s show is the first production of New York’s Kaufman Astoria Studios to take advantage of the facility’s new HD infrastructure.
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Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street” program has converted to HD production using Sony HD broadcast cameras and switchers.

Currently shooting its 39th season, “Sesame Street” has been based at New York’s Kaufman Astoria Studios for 16 years. It is the first production there to take advantage of the studio’s new HD infrastructure, which includes 10 Sony HDC-1000 portable and HDC-1500 studio cameras and an MVS-8000A multiformat production switcher.

According to Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of “Sesame Street,” the Sony cameras will be used for the show’s studio and field segments. Together with the MVS-8000A switcher, the HD equipment will help the production teams seamlessly capture and blend the show’s mix of live-action and animation elements.

In addition to “Sesame Street,” Kaufman’s six stages are also the production home for a range of television and independent motion picture productions. NEP Broadcasting created and maintains the Sony-based HD system for Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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