Wexler Video adds 25 Sony XDCAM HD units

Wexler Video is the latest production house to go tapeless for HD, purchasing 25 of Sony s new XDCAM HD optical disc camcorders. The camcorders will be equipped with Canon lenses and will be delivered in May.

There is a growing need for cost-effective video production solutions that make high-definition quality available to those working on an SD budget, said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Wexler Video. Many TV shows are ready to go HD right now but their only barrier is budget constraints. The XDCAM HD technology removes those barriers and offers features not even available on many higher-end cameras.

Sony s new PDW-F350 model offers true variable frame rate recording capabilities; also commonly known as over-cranking and under-cranking or slow-motion/fast motion functionality. According to Wexler, this feature, among others, will appeal to professionals in reality TV production and newsmagazine programming, where the standard-definition version of the XDCAM system is already prevalent. Our clients are already used to the workflow benefits made possible by the XDCAM system, including immediate random access to data, in-camera editing capabilities and proxy transfer, said Joel Ordesky, vice president of technology for Wexler Video. Now they can put an HD infrastructure in place for the future while still realizing the same optical efficiencies they ve become accustomed to.

The Sony camcorders will be equipped with Canon s portable HD lenses, including the KH21ex5.7 IRSE telephoto and KH10ex3.6 IRSE wide-angle models. The 2x extender on both the wide and the long lens are critical to our clients, Ordesky said. These lenses include features that they ve come to depend upon and can t do without for their production requirements.