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Ikegami's To Showcase Two New Cameras At NAB

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UHD HDR, HFR and IP are set to take center stage on the Ikegami exhibit (C-4426) at the April 23rd through 27th 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Product highlights will include the UHK-X700 and UHL-F4000 cameras, BSX-100 UHD base station and ULE-217-HDR HD monitor.

"UHD HDR has become the global industry standard for broadcast feature production as it allows content creators to maximize the commercial lifetime of their work," comments Ikegami Electronics president Toshi Mitsuoka. "UHD HDR is especially useful for capturing the extremes of light intensity which video producers need to accommodate during sports and stage events. Our flagship camera, the UHK-X700 supports high frame-rate capture for slow-motion and can be pedestal or tripod mounted, or operated over the shoulder. We will also be demonstrating the highly versatile UHL-F4000 which is ideal for UHD HDR robotics in a studio environment, on location or airborne. Also making its first NAB Show appearance will be the BSX-100 multi-format base station. This simplifies the transition from SDI to IP and SDR to HDR. It also supports combined HD and UHD operation. On the monitoring side, we will be showing our cost-efficient ULE-217-HDR 21.5 inch SDR/HDR switchable broadcast monitor."

Making its NAB Show debut, Ikegami's UHK-X700 camera incorporates three 2/3-inch CMOS UHD sensors with a global shutter to minimize artifacts when shooting LED screens or scenes illuminated with flash or strobe lighting. It provides the high signal quality, versatile connectivity and robust build that are essential in today's multi-resolution media world. That includes full HDR/SDR support plus the ability to choose between BT.2020 and BT.709 color spaces. High frame-rate shooting at up to 2x speed in UHD or up to 8x in HD via the base station is possible as an option. When combined with the Ikegami BSX-100 base station, the camera supports simultaneous output in UHD/HD video formats. UHD video is available as a 12G-SDI feed directly from the camera head, allowing the UHK-X700 to be integrated into a wireless system. Weighing only 5 kg, the UHK-X700 comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F10 when operating at UHD/59.94p. Peripheral options include the OCP-300 control panel and SE-U430 system expander. Ikegami also offers a choice of three types of viewfinder for this model: VFL201D 2-inch LCD, VFL701D 7-inch full HD LCD, VFE741D 7.4-inch OLED.

Also new for NAB, the Ikegami UHL-F4000 is a compact and lightweight UHD HDR camera with low power consumption. Designed for use in applications such as aerial video capture and studio robotics, its high sensitivity sensors capture broadcast quality color video across a wide range of night or day conditions. Image adjustment capabilities include noise removal and digital zoom. The camera head uses three CMOS global shutter sensors capturing natural images completely clear of geometric distortion and flash band effects. Features include haze reduction, image sharpening, vertical image reversal and HD-from-UHD segment selection. A 40 Gbps duplex optical fiber connection communicates between the camera head and CCU. These can be positioned up to 6 miles apart. The optical fiber can be integrated into one bidirectional core via an optical circulator and passed through a single-core optical rotary joint used for a small gimbal. 12 volt DC power is the only other required connection to the camera head, others signals including genlock and remote control interface to the CCU. The CCU is also compact and light in weight. It simultaneously outputs HDR-compatible UHD and HD video. Video processing is performed on Ikegami's AXII engine which supports a variety of imaging styles.

The Ikegami BSX-100 is a 12G/3G fiber base station offering a coherent upgrade path for broadcasters and production companies as they progress from SDI to IP, from SDR to HDR and from HD into HD/UHD dual-format workflow. Designed as a multi-platform camera control unit, the BSX-100 is available for Ikegami HD and UHD camera systems, offering 12G and 3G HD-SDI connectivity. SMPTE ST.2110 media-over-IP interfacing is available as an option for use across 10 GbE and 25 GbE networks. An optional UHD output software key allows use of HD cameras in a variety of configurations including simultaneous production in HD and UHD resolutions. HDR video with very high quality reproduction from dark to bright areas is supported together with wide color gamut as standard. The BSX-100 provides full support for HLG. It includes HDR to SDR conversion and can be operated in any desired combination of HD or UHD resolution and SDR or HDR simultaneously. Housed in a 3U high half-rack-width low-mass unit, the BSX-100 is easily integrated into locations where space is limited.

Ikegami's ULE-217-HDR is a cost-efficient and energy-efficient HDR/SDR switchable monitor designed for use where space and weight are at a premium. Equipped with a Full-HD 1080p display, it features 3G-SDI in/out connectivity plus VGA and HDMI inputs including support for HLG and HDR10 HDR. The HDMI input accepts all commonly used resolutions from 480p up to UHD and 4096 x 2160p 60Hz 4K. Operating features include horizontal and vertical image flip, area selection and full/over/under-scan. The monitor occupies a rugged metal housing with integral loudspeakers and consumes 24 W or less.
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