There are many cameras on the market today that offer a variety of formats. In the midst of the transition from SD to HD it can be difficult to decide what camera to buy next. A camera that offers the benefit of multi-formats in one is the PDWF800 XDCAM. Crew West purchased a PDWF800 XDCAM about a year ago and has gotten a lot of use out of it because it can be easily switched from SD to HD. We have used the XDCAM for various clients including ESPN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NHL Network, and NFL Films to name a few. The XD camera has slow & quick motion features. It can shoot in 1080i, 720p, and SD, which comes with HD/SD cross conversion between 1080i and 720P. The PDWF800 is great for ENG, corporate, or documentary shoots.
This year Sat West and Satellink met in Dallas, Texas for Super Bowl XLV. Our KU satellite trucks and C-Band truck kicked off Super Bowl week. KU and C-Band satellite uplinks are of course our specialty. ESPN has hired Sat West and Satellink for their KU satellite uplinks for several years. This year our C-Band satellite truck worked for Direct TV transmitting Celebrity Beach volleyball in 3D! The Sat West KU satellite truck was covering all Steeler press conferences for ESPN in HD. The Satellink KU truck was covering the Packers press conferences for ESPN in HD as well.