YES Network relies on Canon compact HD lenses for WFAN-AM simulcast

Capturing widescreen HD video in a tightly confined radio studio was the challenge faced by the YES Network, one of the most-watched regional sports networks in the country that launched a 24/7 HD channel earlier this year.

The YES Network, which televises the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets and also simulcasts WFAN-AM’s top-rated “Mike and the Mad Dog” show live daily, met the challenge by selecting four Canon U.S.A. DIGISUPER 22xs Compact Studio lenses, which deliver traditional box-style HD studio lens performance in a size scaled for portable HD cameras.

To present its “Mike and the Mad Dog” simulcasts optimally in HD, YES Network’s four DIGISUPER 22xs lenses in the WFAN studios are each being mated to a Sony HDC-X300 HD camera attached to a Telemetrics robotic camera mount for use during the simulcasts. They are controlled from 40mi away at the YES broadcast center in Stamford, CT.

Smaller in size than a traditional studio HD lens, the DIGISUPER 22xs HD lens is designed for use with portable HD cameras configured for studio use. Officially designated as the model XJ22x7.3B IE-D, the DIGISUPER 22xs is based on Canon's classic studio lens design principles. The lens weighs 13.4lbs, which provides an appropriate HD studio lens/camera package that can be supported on a modest-sized pedestal or a sturdy tripod system. Like the full-size Canon HD studio lenses, the DIGISUPER 22xs features Canon’s X-Element and Power Optical System.

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Editor’s note: YES Network also has updated its audio production capability for its HD production. To learn more, read: “The YES Network sounds good with Calrec Sigma console".