NAB 2012: Ikegami To Intro Unicam Lineup

Ikegami this year will hit the NAB show floor with the new Unicam HD camera line with 3G-SDI and multi-format HD performance, as well as the The Hi-Motion II Ultra-Slow Motion HDTV camera system (co-developed, sold, and supported by Ikegami) from NAC Image Technology.

“Picture quality, production convenience, and cost-efficiency are paramount in today’s television industry, and Ikegami is dedicated to providing producers with the multi-format HD cameras and equipment they need to satisfy today’s HDTV viewers and tomorrow’s audiences as well,” states Alan Keil, VP and Director of Engineering for Ikegami.

The Ikegami HDK-97A is part of the new Unicam lineup.

Also on display will be such established Ikegami products as the tapeless, workflow-efficient GFCAM HD/SD ENG Flash memory camcorder, multiformat HD megapixel CMOS portable and field cameras, and the line of Ikegami-designed-and-built flat-panel LCD HDTV monitors, including the “50 Series” Grade-One displays and the “04 Series” of economical displays.

Leading off Ikegami’s NAB 2012 exhibit is the new Unicam HD camera line. These multiformat HD cameras provide 3G-SDI 1080/60p performance and include the HDK-97A 16-bit portable HD companion-camera and the HDK-97C 3G field production camera. They support not only 1080i/720p but also 3G signals such as 1080/60p 4:2:2 and 1080/60i 4:4:4.

The HDK-97A uses progressive AIT CCD imagers and an all-new digital video processing system and a choice of 1080/60p 4:2:2 or 1080/60i 4:4:4 color sampling.

A docking-style camera, the new HDK-97A also features a 3G fiber-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 fiber transmission system (such as a POV camera, including one paired with the HDK-97A in a stereoscopic 3-D application).

The HDK-97C compact low-profile docking-style 3G HD field production camera (which also delivers 1080/60p 4:2:2 and 1080/60i 4:4:4) employs next-generation CMOS 2.5-million pixel 2/3-inch sensors for low-power consumption and high performance.

The HDK-97C and its companion Ikegami Unicam cameras operate with new and existing CCUs, including the 3G CCU-970, the 3G half-rack BS-97, and the new low-profile BSF-55 fiber base station. The HDK-97C allows easy change over between fiber and triax adapters, 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 200 watts of utility power, available for prompter powering.

The new HDK-55 is the most affordable member of the Unicam HD camera series, and uses 1080i 2.3-million pixel 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 adapter for fiber or triax cable use.

Ultra Slo-Mo Cam
The Hi-Motion II Ultra-Slow Motion HDTV camera system (co-developed, sold, and supported by Ikegami) from NAC Image Technology uses a three-CMOS-sensor camera head with 96GB of built-in memory to deliver greater than 10x speed for clear, sharp ultra-slow-motion playback of HD sports action, as was so seen in Super Bowl XLVI game coverage. A dual-format 1080i/720p system, it provides simultaneous output of live normal-speed video and ultra-slow-motion replay video.