Sunday, April 14, 2024

Ikegami Broadcast Production Cameras and Monitors at NAB2024

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, Ikegami USA will demonstrate the latest versions of its wide range of broadcast quality camera systems and monitoring equipment at the 2024 NABShow in Las Vegas.

Exhibit highlights on booth C3819 in the Central Hall will include the UHK-X600, UHK-X700, UHK-X750, HDK-99, UHL-43, and UHL-F4000 cameras plus a full range of monitors.

“Our emphasis at NAB 2024 will be on the advance to 2160p 4K-UHD as the globally preferred standard for producing high-value television content,” says Alan Keil, Vice President and Director of Engineering at Ikegami Electronics (USA), Inc. “Latest-generation Ikegami solutions offer a budget-friendly license-key way to add new tools or meet new standards as or when required: higher resolution, high dynamic range, wide colour gamut, and high frame-rate production as well as from SDI to SDI/IP hybrid or full IP connectivity. In addition, a major Ikegami product launch is scheduled to be announced at or shortly before the show. Stay tuned!”

The UHK-X600 is a studio/portable camera with three 2/3-inch oversampling UHD CMOS sensors providing 1000 TVL resolution, minimal aliasing, plus 2000 lux sensitivity at f10 (60p). Standard features include full support for Hybrid Log Gamma HDR with the ability to select between BT.2020 and BT.709 chroma spaces. The UHK-X600 can be pedestal or tripod mounted or operated over the shoulder. Dimensions are 13.4 x 9.6 x 6 inches and weight is just over 11 pounds. Global shutter imagers minimise artefacts when televising LED screen walls or flash/strobe-illuminated stage environments. License-key based options include support for 2x, 3x, and 4x high frame rate capture plus optional 4K processing delivering 2000 TVL resolution when operating in 2160p. Plug-in hardware based options include a SMPTE ST 2110 compatible media-over-IP interface board and optional 12G output board. The UHK-X600 accepts a wide range of B4 lenses and supports chromatic aberration correction, vignetting correction, ramping compensation, and remote control of back focus (when also supported by the lens). Core of the UHK-X600 electronics is a power-efficient ASIC which encapsulates a wide range of high-grade video processing functions into ultra-compact component dimensions. When combined with the Ikegami BSX-100 base station, the camera optionally supports simultaneous output in UHD and HD video formats.

Ikegami’s UHK-X700, meanwhile, is designed to combine high signal quality with versatile connectivity. The camera can be pedestal or tripod mounted or operated over the shoulder. The front end comprises three 2/3-inch CMOS UHD sensors with a global shutter to minimise artefacts when shooting LED screens or scenes illuminated with flash or strobe lighting. Full HDR/SDR support is included plus the ability to choose between BT.2020 and BT.709 chroma spaces. HFR 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 or CCU-X100 camera control unit, the UHK-X700 can output UHD/HD video formats simultaneously. IP interface of video, audio, and intercom I/O is available conforming to SMPTE ST 2110 standards as an option at the base station or CCU. UHD video is available as a 12G-SDI feed directly from the camera head, allowing integration into a wireless system. Weighing only 11 pounds, the UHK-X700 comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F10 when operating at UHD/59.94p.

The UHK-X750 is a full studio camera with all of the UHK-X700’s features except those that apply to portable shoulder operation. It offers a lower centre-of-gravity and easier staging compared to a portable camera with telephoto lens and supporter. In addition, the Ikegami UHK-X750 full studio camera features a greater design emphasis on ease of service and cool operation.

The HDK-99 is a docking-style camera for portable and studio applications. It employs three 2.6 megapixel CMOS image sensors delivering high picture quality in HDR at 1920 x 1080 resolution with progressive-scan. Processed 4K can be sourced from the camera control unit. HLG mode maintains the high contrast required for HDR and conforms to the ITU-R BT.2100 international standard. Noise is less than -62 dB and sensitivity is F11. The sensors natively support 1080i /59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/50, 1080p/29.97, 1080p/25 and 1080p/23.98. Also supported are 1080p/59.94, 1080p/50, 1080i/119.88, and 1080i/100 3G HDTV formats. A lens aberration correction function minimises resolution loss and coloured edging caused mainly by optical lens deviation. Quick EZ Focus Assist enhances the viewfinder signal, enabling the camera operator to make critical focus adjustments. Area size, area colour, edge colour and display time on the viewfinder are all adjustable from the camera menu.

Ikegami’s UHL-43 compact box-style camera.

The UHL-43 is a compact box-style camera designed for applications such as robotic studios, live-event broadcasting, parliamentary television, and point-of-view image capture. The camera head can be used on practically any support device such as a remote pan and tilt, long-reach arm or overhead mount. The UHL-43 employs three 2/3-inch UHD CMOS sensors in the same workflow and remote control structure as the UHK-X700 and UHK-750. Unlike cameras using a single chip with Bayer pattern for colour separation, the integration of three UHD resolution CMOS sensors and a prism block provides true 2000 TVL capture resolution, high-quality colour reproduction, and complete freedom from colour aliasing. The UHL-43 is also available as an HD model, UHL-43HD, which can be upgraded by a software license key to deliver 4K-UHD. HLG HDR is supported as standard in HD and UHD. Output options supporting 12G-SDI or 4 x 3G-SDI over electrical cable or optical fibre are available. All control functions are accessible at the camera head or via a choice of Ikegami physical and virtual remote control panels from Ikegami’s OCP-series. The integral Ethernet interface allows easy control from practically any distance, making the camera ideal for remotely supervised field production.

A compact and lightweight UHD HDR camera with low power consumption, the UHL-F4000 is designed for applications such as helicopter-mounted aerial video capture in a wide range of night or day conditions. The camera head has three UHD CMOS global shutter sensors capturing natural images completely clear of geometric distortion and flash band effects. Image adjustment capabilities include noise removal, digital zoom, haze reduction, image sharpening, vertical image reversal, and HD-from-UHD segment selection. A duplex optical fibre connection communicates between the ultra compact camera head and small-sized CCU which can be positioned up to 10 km apart. The optical fibres can be integrated into a bidirectional core via optical circulators and passed through a single-core fibre optic rotary joint. 12 volt DC power is the only other required connection to the camera head. Other signals include genlock and remote control interface to the CCU. The CCU is compact and lightweight, simultaneously delivering HDR-compatible UHD and HD video.

Broadcast Production Monitors

Ikegami will also show examples from its range of broadcast production monitors. These include three 4K/HD models: the 31 inch HQLM-3125X and HQLM-3120W plus the 17 inch HQLM-1720WR and three HD displays: 24 inch HLM-2460W, 17 inch HLM-1760WR and 9 inch HLM-960WR. A key 4K/HD model is the HQLM-3120W, a 31 inch 4K/HD wide colour gamut production monitor equipped as standard with two 12G-SDI input channels for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. It employs a 4096 x 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images. The display has a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 178 degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles. Integral features include waveform monitoring, vectorscope, and vertical interval timecode display plus closed-caption monitoring. Audio facilities include 5.1-channel surround-sound down-mix output.


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