Univision Selects Ikegami Tapeless GFCAM HD Camcorders for Stations’ In-Studio Productions

The Univision Television Group, a division of Univision Communications Inc., has chosen Ikegami Electronics’ GFCAM (HDS-V10) tapeless HD camcorders for in-studio productions at its owned-and-operated stations nationwide. The stations will transition to HDTV production, using them on robotic pedestals and jibs and in hand-held use.

GFCAM is a rugged three–⅔-in.-CCD ENG camcorder available in native 1080i or 720p versions. It can record to inexpensive readily available consumer Compact Flash media contained in GFPAK cartridges.

The camcorder records HD images in MXF-compliant MPEG-2 at frame rates of 60i, 24p, 25p, and 30p using a programmable codec that facilitates implementation of advanced codec technology. Designed as a broadcast-grade ENG camera, GFCAM can also be converted into a full-featured HD studio or field camera by attaching Ikegami’s FE-C100A SMPTE fiber camera adaptor, which transmits HD-SDI video, intercom, control status, and two channels of audio up to 1.2 miles. Ikegami’s FE-B100A base station transmits return HD-SDI or prompter video, intercom, genlock, and control signals to the GFCAM’s camera head, further expanding the system’s capabilities.

The GFCAM tapeless HD camcorder features many Intelligent Recording innovations. These include Retro Loop (so videographers never miss a shot), time-lapse, and “Pakless” recording to continue shooting without interruption even while exchanging GFPAK media. GFCAM also features proxy generation and instant export of thumbnail clips via Bluetooth to laptops for fast logging, metadata insertion, and other HD production-workflow benefits.