Originally Posted by mikemikeb
Yup. As I remember, CBS had a press release talking about how they hired PVI for production trucking for 2007's HD Golf coverage. Also, at the end of every CBS NFL game I've seen this year, there's been a credit at the bottom of the screen describing how Sony provided the HD cameras. Considering how both NBC/SNF and CBS use Sony HD cameras, if both rented from NEP, I wouldn't understand why CBS has consistently
better, more vivid "3D"-like colors than NBC.
Because as stated above, there is a great degree of subjectivity in how the actual operators fax out the cameras from event to event and even from network to network. Most high end cameras (of any manufacturer, whether Sony, Thomson or Ikegami) offer pretty accurate color reproduction. Certainly if you compared against a test pattern the different brands of cameras would be almost indistinguishable from one another except for the most professionally trained of eyes -- and even then that's questionable -- in almost every regard. Again the camera will only respond relative to how it's been setup in the first place, and if NBC is further desaturating their picture, or otherwise affecting the video & chrominance at the transmission stage downstream, these will have significant effects as well. Also on remotes the image has to go through an uplink/VYVX point as well which is another opportunity for the image to be manipulated. I do think it might be a transmission thing though as NBC's live studio programming (Today Show, Football Night, and Nightly News) seem to be fine.
[/quote]However, given that Sony has sponsored NFL broadcasts for a while (and I even remember "Sony HDTV" monikers on CBS programs denoting HD NFL games last season), I'd be surprised if Sony didn't provide every HD camera for every NFL game.[/quote]
I don't know of very many mobile vendors that have complete Sony outfits. The NEP ND4 truck was specially built for Sunday Night Football and that contract. I don't think CBS has a similar contract with Sony other than that of a presenting sponsor. As discussed there are barely enough trucks to keep up with the HD demand to begin with between major HD renters (NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Regional Sports Networks), thus many shows are forced to go with whatever facilities are available. Honestly in the grand scheme of operating and building a production truck, the brand of camera (especially high end camera) is less important to the final product than you might think.
[/quote]I never said that NBC was all Sony. Perhaps that's why Notre Dame games look worse (more pale colors) than SNF games -- they could be using different cameras.[/quote]
Again it's rare that the reason for noticeable differences in chroma levels are the result of the imaging sensor of the camera. We're talking about $100,000 pieces of gear. If you were just looking at a raw test pattern most people would have a difficult time easily differentiating between manufacturers.