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Finepoint Broadcast Hire invests in Sony PWS-4500 production servers

Finepoint Broadcast's Hire Division is investing in Sony PWS-4500 production servers to support its customers in their coverage of 2019 UK and outside broadcast events.

“The PWS-4500’s target applications are master recording and advanced replay operations for live production companies for whom the server’s ability to record the output from high frame rate cameras and deliver easily controllable slow motion is a major asset,” says Finepoint Broadcast Managing Director Giles Bendig. “It is ideal for the sports and live stage OBs which form an ever expanding part of our rental business. Using fully solid-state storage, it can record the output high frame rate cameras and deliver easily controllable slow motion at up to 8x HD or 2x UHD. Operators can select HD video sequences of any desired length from any section of a UHD source, achieving 4:1 pan/scan zoom with no loss of HD resolution.”


“We have been very impressed both by the PWS-4500’s versatile connectivity and its very robust build quality,” adds Finepoint Broadcast Hire Manager Clive Northen. “While most of the slow-motion production server manufacturers offer SDI/IP hybrid compatibility, one of the biggest selling points of the PWS-4500 is its smooth connectivity to Sony high-speed HD and UHD cameras. Another is its outstandingly robust build quality.”


“While other servers rely on fragile hard drives, the PWS-4500 uses stable non-volatile NAND flash memory,” details Chief Engineer Andy Mckenzie. “Picture quality is excellent thanks to the XAVC codec, with very smooth slow-motion, Full HD, UHD and real 4K resolution plus high dynamic range compatibility. The PWS-4500’s ability to cut Full HD video from up to three recorded UHD sources, even in 2x speed, is a huge advantage.”

Finepoint Broadcast Ltd operates in the UK from its head office in Kingswood, Surrey, and a sales office located at Pinewood Studios. Finepoint has been supplying broadcasters with a wide range of production and OB equipment since its establishment in the 1970s, complemented by a unique blend of exceptional service and extensive product knowledge.

As a leading dry hire service-provider addressing the global marketplace, Finepoint provides 24 hour support backed by a team of in-house engineers checking every piece of equipment in the fleet. Finepoint also has sales divisions dealing with new and used equipment and professional audio visual sales and installations. When coupled with the hire division, this enables the company to offer a uniquely wide choice of products and services at very aggressive prices.

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