NEP Australia has augmented its inventory of cutting-edge Canon lenses to support NEP’s ultra-high definition (UHD-4K) cricket coverage for FOX SPORTS.
NEP’s order of more than 60 Canon lenses comprises 35 box lenses – featuring the recently announced UHD-DIGISUPER 111 and UHD-DIGISUPER 122 lenses, and the existing UHD-DIGISUPER 90s – along with 25 new UHD ENG lenses. The expanded lens suite will be deployed in four of NEP Australia’s mobile production trucks as part of a major upgrade to make them fully UHD capable, and will roll out progressively from November 4th with the first of NEP’s live 4K cricket broadcasts for FOXTEL’s new dedicated 4K channel.
“It’s important that we address this market’s demand for higher-resolution content and use the latest technology to provide our customers with industry-leading services,” said Marc Segar, NEP Australia’s Director of Technology. “This deal shows how committed the NEP Group is to providing the right solution for each client’s specific situation. FOX SPORTS is looking for the highest quality possible without compromise, and NEP will provide that.
“NEP already has nearly 50 UHD lenses in place and it all starts with the lens. We can confidently say NEP has the most extensive higher-resolution facilities in the world.”
FOXTEL’s dedicated 4K channel will see FOX SPORTS broadcast cricket matches in ultra-high definition for the first time. The channel will feature every men’s Test match in Australia as well as One Day Internationals, T20 matches and selected Big Bash League games.
“We’re excited that our longstanding partner NEP is investing in next-generation sports broadcast production in Australia,” said Paul Stewart, Senior Manager of Canon Australia’s Professional Business. “It was imperative we provide the highest quality lenses with industry-leading performance to meet the critical optical challenges this pioneering broadcast project presents.
“Our newest 4K premium field lenses, the Canon UHD-DIGISUPER 122 and UHD-DIGISUPER 111, are state-of-the-art in broadcast lens technology. These groundbreaking lenses will deliver the long focal length, high zoom ratio and exceptional colour reproduction requirements for large stadium live sports broadcast production in 4K.
“We look forward to supplying the new UHD-DIGISUPER 122 and UHD-DIGISUPER 111 lenses to NEP Australia soon in what will be one of the first deliveries of these lenses world-wide.”
NEP Australia’s latest Canon inventory joins the UHD lenses already in use in the company’s internet protocol (IP) trucks.