By: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Editorial Director
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 7:04 pm
Ikegami will hit IBC with a number of new products, including the Unicam HD camera line. These multi format HD cameras – which also provide 3G-SDI 1080/50p performance – include the new HDK-97A 16-bit portable HD companion camera that supports not only 1080i/720p, but also 3G signals such as 1080/50p 4:2:2 and 1080/50i 4:4:4. The HDK-97A employs advanced new progressive AIT CCD imagers and an all-new digital video processing system for superior picture detail and accurate rendition of color gradations.
Delivering a choice of 1080/50p 4:2:2 or 1080/50i 4:4:4 color sampling, the new high bit-depth HDK-97A is designed for traditional-style multi-camera production applications. A docking-style camera, the new HDK-97A also features a 3G fibre-transmission system from the camera head to its (also new) CCU. Transmission options include an HD-SDI QTV signal for teleprompter (or vanity/program monitor) use and an HD-SDI “trunk channel” that allows for connection of a second camera that doesn’t have its own built-in fibre transmission system (such as a POV camera, including one paired with the HDK-97A in a stereoscopic 3-D application).
The HDK-97A camera operates with new and existing CCUs, including the 3G CCU-970, the 3G half-rack BS-97, and the new low-profile BSF-55 fibre base station. The HDK-97A allows easy change-over between fibre and triax adaptors, with Ikegami’s CCU-970M capable of supporting both cable types with simple front-panel switch selection.
The HDK-970A is the full studio version of the HDK-97A, featuring the ruggedness and ease-of- service long associated with full studio-body cameras. Two hundred watts of utility power is available for prompter powering, and the studio versions includes new styling and coordinated color with their portable companions.
The new HDK-55 is the most affordable member of the Unicam HD camera series, and uses 1080i 2.3 megapixels AIT CCDs. New features include Quick EZ Focus and chromatic aberration correction. Like the other portable cameras in the Unicam HD series, the HDK-55 is a compact low-profile camera head with docking adaptor for fibre or triax cable use.
Providing multi format HD convenience and easing the transition from SD to HD, Ikegami’s new BSF- 55 compact, economical fibre base station is just 1.5 rack units in height and weighs only 16 lbs., yet it supports SMPTE cable distances up to 2 km (1.2 miles). Including both up- and down-converters, the BSF-55 readily supports the transition from SDTV to HDTV with inputs and outputs in both formats as a standard feature. The BSF-55 operates with the full range of HDK-series camera heads, supporting both 1080i and 720p in either 59.94Hz or 50Hz.
As the newest member of the Unicam family Ikegami is proud to present the wireless adapter WA- 97. Characterized by its extremely low delay of 48 ms in total, this adapter is applicable on the HDK- 97A and is capable of a full remote control. In addition a new base station with 2- and 6-times diversity is available.
Co-developed, sold, and supported by Ikegami, the Hi-Motion II ultra-slow-motion HD camera system from NAC Image Technology – a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced imaging and motion-analysis systems – uses a three-CMOS-sensor camera head with built-in memory to deliver more than 10x speed for clear, sharp ultra-slow-motion playback. For instance, time- critical sports action can be recorded at up to 1000 fps.
As a dual-format 1080i/720p system, it provides simultaneous output of live normal-speed video and ultra-slow-motion replay video. The Hi-Motion II ultra-slow-motion HD camera can be used as both a “traditional” HD portable/field camera and an ultra-motion HD camera that can work side-by-side with other Ikegami HD cameras on production trucks to deliver the exceptional imagery today’s HDTV sports viewers demand.
The Hi-Motion II cameras provided stunning ultra-slow-motion coverage of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and are also used at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Ikegami’s line of high-quality competitively priced HD flat-panel LCD monitors, which include the “50 Series” high class displays and “04 Series” of economical displays, will be joined this year by the new HLM-907WR 9-inch high-resolution LED-backlit LCD panel.
The compact new HLM-907WR is equally suited for rack-mount, truck, or portable applications. Other Ikegami space-saving and affordable HD flat-panel LCD monitors range from the cost-effective “04 Series” HLM-904WR and HLM- 1704WR multi format 9- and 17-inch models, to the “50 Series” multi format HD monitors providing wide critical viewing angles, built-in vector and waveform monitoring, and full 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Ikegami “50″ Series monitors include the HLM-3250W (32-inch), HLM-2450WB (24-inch), and HLM-1750WR (17-inch) models, all of which feature accurate color and gamma reproduction, embedded audio-level metering, time code reader display, and optional 3G-SDI inputs.
Versatile HD Cameras
Ikegami’s groundbreaking development of Emmy-winning tapeless camcorder technology is seen in the GFCam HDS-V10 HD camcorder for workflow-efficient tapeless ENG. Part of Ikegami’s GFSeries product line, the HDS-V10 HD camcorder employs three 2/3-inch CCD sensors (selectable between native 1080i and native 720p) and uses MPEG-2 compression and the MXF file format for an open-codec HD/SD recording architecture compatible with Avid and other leading editing systems. The HDS-V10 uses GFPak Flash-RAM media at up to 128 GB capacity with a convenient USB port for instant access from laptop or desktop editing systems. Users can also choose Ikegami’s CF Adaptor loaded with off-the-shelf CompactFlash Type I media. The many advanced features of the HDS-V10 HD include Bluetooth for instant export of thumbnail clips directly to laptops for fast logging, metadata insertion, and other workflow advantages.
Ikegami also offers a wide selection of HD POV “box” cameras for applications ranging from TV traffic-and-weather to “goalpost cams” to airborne videography. Products include the HDL-45E, a three-CCD 1080i camera delivering exceptional detail, sensitivity, and low-light performance. The HDL-45E features Ikegami’s AVC (Automatic Video Level Control) and ATW (Auto Tracing White) image-processing features to compensate for light level and color-temperature changes. Both the HDL-45E and the also available HDL-51 include image flip capability for use in 3-D rigs.
Especially for gyro platform use in helicopters and of course other applications, Ikegami offers the HDL-F30, a two-piece HD camera with separate optics, essentially a direct replacement for the prior generation SDTV separate optics camera.
The new ultra-compact 3-chip video system MKC-310HD delivers outstanding HDTV quality encapsulated in a minimalist ergonomic design. The small and lightweight camera head with minimal dimensions includes a newly developed optical block and CMOS chips for C-mount applications. As a more low-priced ultra-compact camera, the single chip MKC-210HD is also available.