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Hitachi Debuts SK-UHD4000 At CABSAT

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey has said it will stage the first ever Middle East showcase of its SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra-HDTV broadcast camera system at CABSAT 2015.

The camera system provides 4K UHD performance capabilities and a simple upgrade pathway, as it can use the 2/3-inch B4 mount lenses found in conventional HD broadcast cameras.

The use of standard HD lenses with the SK-UHD4000 eliminates the need for special conversion adapters. This feature allows broadcasters to effectively use their existing lenses and shoot video in 4K resolution.

"The SK-UHD4000 is our most advanced camera system: an innovative 4K Ultra-HDTV camera that makes it easy to produce programs shot in 4K resolution which is forecast to become the industry standard in the near future," said Cemal Yilmaz, General Manager of Hitachi Kokusai Turkey. "It provides effective solutions to the challenges of live sports broadcasts outdoors, such as sensitivity and depth of field."

The SK-UHD4000 is equipped with a newly developed Hitachi 2/3-inch MOS sensor.

The 2/3-inch B4 lens mount enables broadcasters to use their existing lens stock. Operationally, since the SK-UHD4000 has a 2/3 inch prism, optical characteristics such as depth of field and focus will be the same as a 2/3 inch Broadcast HD camera. For demanding applications, such as live sports broadcasts, 4K-resolution content can be produced just as easily as with conventional HD programs.

Hitachi’s newly developed 2/3-inch MOS sensor delivers high levels of sensitivity and resolution, whilst the optical system originally developed by Hitachi Kokusai Electric allows for the reproduction of colour in high-fidelity.

The camera control unit for the SK-UHD4000 stands 88 mm (2U size) tall. The compact size of the camera control unit lends itself to operation which the confines of OB vehicles.

The SK-UHD4000 generates HD and 4K video signals separately, enabling HD and 4K video outputs at the same time and to extract HD-quality video from 4K footage.

The SK-UHD4000 features Hitachi Kokusai Electric’s proprietary technologies for digital video signal processing, optical transmission, and high-efficiency power supply - the combination of these technologies achieves a lower level of power consumption. The amount of power consumed by the camera head is suppressed to 38W – equivalent to the power consumption of a 1080p HD broadcasting camera.

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