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Ikegami appoints Video Signal as broadcast channel partner

Ikegami announced a new addition to its team of broadcast channel partners with the appointment of Video Signal s.r.l. Operating from headquarters in Milan and offices in Rome, Video Signal will handle the entire Ikegami broadcast product range including studio, EFP and POV cameras, viewfinders, interfaces, control units and picture monitors.

“Video Signal has achieved a very good reputation both for its experience and meticulous attention to detail,” comments Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division Manager at Ikegami Electronics (Europe) GmbH. “We anticipate its main focus will be on the Italian TV production and broadcasting sector where it can offer fast and effective service with full support from our head office in Germany.”

“Ikegami has a long history of excellence and innovation from SD and HD right through to 4K-UHD and 8K,” adds Video Signal’s founder and CEO Alessandro Trezzi. “The Ikegami product range complements our product portfolio very effectively, enabling us to offer optimal equipment and systems for practically every element of the broadcast production, content management and distribution chain.”

Ikegami introduces UHL-43 compact HDR camera

Ikegami announces the EAME introduction of its UHL-43 compact box-style multi-purpose digital camera. Debuted at the April 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas and now available in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the UHL-43 is designed for applications such as robotic studios, outside broadcasting of live events such as sports, parliamentary television, point-of-view image capture, weather coverage, traffic surveillance and public security monitoring.

With main-unit width/height/depth dimensions of just 145 x 155 x 169 mm and weighing just 2.6 kg, the camera head can be used on practically any support device such as a shoulder harness, long-reach arm or overhead mount.

The UHL-43 employs three 2/3-inch 4K-native 8 megapixel CMOS sensors in the same workflow and remote control structure as Ikegami’s Unicam XE series UHK-430 and UHK-435 cameras. Unlike cameras using a single chip or pixel-offset technology, the integration of three 3840 x 2160 resolution CMOS sensors and prism optics provides true UHD capture resolution, high quality colour reproduction and complete freedom from colour aliasing.

Combining high sensitivity (F11 in 4K 50p) and very high signal-to-noise ratio (typically 62 dB), the UHL-43 can be deployed even in conditions of low illumination or high contrast. Fully supporting HDR, it delivers detailed picture quality across the full range of brightness levels from deep black to peak white while also capturing wide colour gamut. Hybrid Log Gamma mode is included, conforming to the ITU-R BT.2100 international standard for high dynamic range. Custom gamma curves can also be set and stored within the camera.

Available as an HD-HDR model, the UHL-43 can be upgraded via a retrospective software update to deliver 4K-UHD. Output options supporting 12G-SDI or 4 x 3G-SDI over electrical cable or optical fibre are available. An RJ45 Ethernet connection enables remote camera operation via network hubs with low latency for use in remotely controlled studio production.

All control functions are accessible at the camera head or via a choice of 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 outside broadcasting.

Ikegami to demonstrate HQLM-3125X 4K-UHD master monitor and HDR option for HLM-60 series at IBC

Ikegami’s recently released HQLM-3125X is a 31 inch 4K-UHD master-grade monitor with a 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution and high brightness (1,000 candela per square metre). Designed for critical image evaluation in broadcast production control environments, the panel employs double-LCD-layer technology to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with true black reproduction. A layer of light-modulating cells allows pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity, reducing light leakage and black floating. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the monitor incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). 1D and 3D LUTs are supported. The HQLM-3125X can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or locally from the front panel.

In the same series, the Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor for a wide range of broadcast applications. It is equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840 × 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami will also demonstrate an HDR option for its HLM-60 family of high-definition broadcast quality monitors. This option includes electro-optical transfer function tables for HLG, S-Log and S-Log3 in addition to conventional gamma. It can be added as a retrospective upgrade to all monitors in the HLM-60 series which currently comprises models HLM-2460W, HLM-1760WR and HLM-960WR. All three can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or from the front panel.

Ikegami’s HLM-2460W incorporates a 24-inch 10:9 Full-HD 1920 x 1200 pixel 400 cd, 10-bit resolution LCD panel. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. Operating features include 2x and 4x zoom, dual-picture split, dot-by-dot display, timecode display, user-marker display (preset/user-configurable) and shadow function, under-monitor and in-monitor channel identification display. Test signal generation, waveform monitor and vectorscope facilities with adjustable image and test signal mixing are also provided.

A smaller version of the HLM-2460W with similar features, the HLM-1760WR has a 17-inch Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel.

Optimised for use in ultra-compact mobile production vehicles, Ikegami’s HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel. This model offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight, AC or DC operation and low power consumption. An optional battery bracket is available. A USB connector on the front panel allows setup file storage and recall as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

Ikegami introduces Media-over-IP interface for CCU-430 camera control unit

Ikegami, a leader in HD and UHD cameras and production equipment for television content creators and broadcasters, is expanding its range of support options with a slot-in Media-over-IP interface module for the CCU-430 camera control unit. Scheduled for introduction at the upcoming Media Production Show in London, the Media-Over-IP GW module incorporates a 25GbE optical interface to enable the transmission of uncompressed video. This conforms to the SMPTE ST-2110 IP standard and can be realised in conjunction with either one 25GbE module or two 10GbE SFP modules. 2 x 12G SDI is included as standard for easy workflow transition.

Two recently introduced monitors will be demonstrated at the show: the high brightness HQLM-3125X broadcast master monitor and the HLM-1760 with high dynamic range electro-optical transfer function support.

The Ikegami HQLM-3125X incorporates a 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution LED-backlit double-LCD panel with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a panel brightness of 1,000 candela per square metre. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the HQLM-3125X incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features. Square-division and two-sample interleave sources can be connected to the monitor via 3G-SDI × 4. Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). 1D and 3D LUTs are supported.

In the same series, the Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840×2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami announces HDR support option for HLM-60 monitors

Ikegami, a leader in HD and UHD cameras and production equipment for television content creators and broadcasters, announced that high dynamic range (HDR) support is now available as an option for its HLM-60 monitor series.

The new option includes EOTF tables for Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 in addition to conventional gamma. Existing monitors in the HLM-60 series can be upgraded with the new option retrospectively.

The HLM-60 series includes models HLM-2460W, HLM-1760WR and HLM-960WR.

Ikegami’s HLM-2460W is a 24-inch Full-HD monitor with a 1920 x 1200 pixel 10-bit resolution LCD panel. It offers 400 candela per square metre brightness, very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight and low power consumption. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. The HLM-2460W incorporates a full 1920 x 1080 pixel high brightness and high contrast LCD panel. This has a wide viewing angle, fast motion response, and high-quality colour reproduction, achieving real pixel allocation without resizing. The monitor’s gradation characteristics make it ideal for a wide range of broadcast applications, including use in monitor walls.

A smaller version of the HLM-2460W with similar features, the HLM-1760WR monitor has a 17-inch Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel.

The Ikegami HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel. This model offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight, AC or DC operation and low power consumption. An optional battery bracket is available. A USB connector on the front panel allows setup file storage and recall as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

Ikegami is a leading supplier of high quality professional broadcast equipment. The Ikegami name is recognised globally for state-of-the-art television cameras, medical cameras and CCTV equipment. World-class CMOS imagery, 4K and 8K technology, multi-format flexibility and unparalleled customer support define the Ikegami experience for users in broadcast, sports venues, mobile production, houses of worship, education, corporate and many more applications.

Ikegami to show latest 4K and HD product range at CABSAT 2019

Ikegami, a leader in advanced cameras and production equipment for television content producers and broadcasters, will demonstrate the latest additions to its product range at the CABSAT exhibition in Dubai’s World Trade Centre from March 12 -14, 2019. The show is the largest of its kind in the Middle East, attracting visitors from Africa right across to India.

Featuring on the Ikegami stand #D3-20 in Hall 3, will be four cameras (UHK-430, HDK-99, HDK-73 and HDL-45E), as well as four production monitors (HQLM-3120, HLM-2460W, HLM-1760WR and HLM-960WR).

Ikegami UHK-430 4K-native IP-ready camera system

The UHK-430 is a 4K-native IP-ready camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR processing. Its three 2/3 inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 ultra-high definition resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses.

Additional features include 12G, SQD, 2SI, 3G and IP CCU outputs plus an integral processor which allows 40 gigabit/s uncompressed full bandwidth video transmission. In its standard form, the UHK-430 weighs just 4.5kg and comes with a 2 inch viewfinder and portable lens. Dimensions are 149mm wide x 243mm high x 340mm front-to-back.

The integral Ikegami AXII processor enables the UHK-430 to deliver a wide range of features power-efficiently, including a 16-axis colour matrix and focus-assist for 4K and HD video modes. BT.2020 extended colour space specification is supported in 4K mode. BT. 709 colour space is supported in HD modes and can also be switched in during 4K operation.

Ikegami HDK-99 Full-HD HDR camera system with 4K processing

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 F12. 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.

Integral to the HDK-99 is the Ikegami AXII processor which allows fast and precise colour matching for live multi-camera applications. 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 HDK-73 3-CMOS Full-HD HDR camera

The HDK-73 is a dockable multi-role high-definition camera designed for standard-dynamic-range and HDR broadcast production. It is available as complete system including CCU, connecting fibre, viewfinder and remote control. Image capture is to 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, each capable of 1920 x 1080 resolution images with an extremely wide dynamic range of 1,000% in HDR mode, high sensitivity (F13 at 50 Hz) and high signal-to-noise ratio. The sensors natively support 1080i/59.94 and 1080i/50, as well as 720p/59.94 and 720p/50 scan formats. Major features include full digital signal processing, advanced digital detail correction with independent horizontal and vertical correction of red, green and blue signals and optional anti-moiré filtering.

Hybrid log gamma processing is operator-selectable for HDR picture origination, enabling high-contrast scenes to be televised with full picture detail across the entire brightness range from highlights, mid-range to shaded areas. Full digital signal handling is performed by the AXII processor operating in up to 38 bit depth.

The HDK-73’s dockable structure allows studio configuration with fibre base stations as well as self-contained operation with a camera adapter for wireless or onsite recording applications. A fibre adapter can be attached directly to the camera head without need for external cables. External devices such as wireless transmission or a solid-state recorder can be attached for stand-alone operation, making the camera suitable for live sports, news gathering or field production.

An optional system expander (SE-H750) converts the portable camera into a full facility studio camera with studio viewfinder and studio lenses. The HDK-73 is fully compatible with the T-430 or T-791A tripod mounting plates. The T-430 provides increased stability and strength in holding the camera. For ease of use, the camera can slide into the plate from either the front or rear.

Ikegami HDL-45E POV camera

The HDL-45E is a 1.5G robotic point-of-view camera with three 2/3-inch 2.3 megapixel AIT CCDs, LSI digital processing and 14-bit A/D conversion. It is designed for remote-control applications such as news and weather presentation. An integral four-position optical filter can be operated from various remote panels including independent control of ND and ECC filtering.

Ikegami HQLM-3120W 31-inch 4K/HD production monitor

The HQLM-3120W is a 31-inch 4K/HD production monitor supporting BT 2020 UHD, HDTV, HDR and SDR. It is equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The monitor employs a 4096 x 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel with LED backlighting and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami HLM-2460W 24-inch and HLM-1760WR 17-inch Full-HD monitors

The HLM-2460W is a 24-inch Full-HD monitor with a 1920×1200 pixel 400 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel supporting ITU 709 HLG. It offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight and low power consumption. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. The HLM-2460W achieves real pixel allocation without resizing. Its gradation characteristics make it ideal for a wide range of broadcast applications, including use in monitor walls.

A smaller version of the HLM-2460W with similar features, the HLM-1760WR features a 17-inch display again supporting ITU 709 HLG. The panel is a Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD.

Ikegami HLM-960WR 9-inch multi-format LCD monitor

The Ikegami HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel supporting ITU 709 HLG. This model offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight, AC or DC operation and low power consumption. An optional battery bracket is available. A USB connector on the front panel allows setup file storage and recall as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

For more information, visit www.ikegami.de

 

Ikegami sees growing interest in High Dynamic Range TV production

Ikegami, a leader in advanced cameras and production equipment for television content producers and broadcasters, reports rapidly growing interest in high dynamic range (HDR) production equipment among delegates attending the 2018 International Broadcasting Convention. Held in Amsterdam every September, IBC is Europe’s largest annual broadcast trade show. The event this year attracted 1,700 exhibiting companies and 55,884 registered attendees.

“Broadcast technology is advancing on several fronts, not least in Japan where the world’s first 8K Hi-Vision television channel is scheduled to commence in December,” comments Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast and Professional Video Division manager at Ikegami Electronics (Europe) GmbH.

“Of more immediate interest to content producers and television network owners at IBC was the increasing number of HDR-compatible domestic television receivers now available to consumers. HDR offers a very impressive improvement in picture quality compared with traditional TV displays, capturing much higher contrast images while at the same time retaining picture detail at every level from dark shade through to bright highlights. These improvements are particularly impressive during outside-broadcast coverage of real-world events such as open-air sports or indoor stage productions.”

“The transition from standard dynamic range (SDR) to HDR broadcasting will take several years but it was evident that many broadcasters are keen to adopt an HDR standard that will at the same time retain compatibility with the large existing population of SDR television displays. Two of the world’s largest broadcasters, the BBC in Britain and NHK in Japan, have cooperated on the development of the HLG (hybrid log gamma) standard which offers exactly that compatibility and at the same time improves the pictures delivered to SDR sets. HLG is being adopted by a growing number of major manufacturers and is fully supported by Ikegami.”

“We demonstrated two HDR-compatible dockable cameras at IBC 2018: the 1080p HDK-99 and the HDK-73. Both are full high definition 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution models with three CMOS imagers and full digital processing. Each model allows the full dynamic range to be captured within a single exposure setting, eliminating the need to adjust the optical aperture or imaging sensitivity in mid shot. The difference in picture quality is breathtaking when seen on HDR-compatible displays such as our new HQLM-3125X broadcast production monitor.”

We also demonstrated the new HQLM-3125X HDR broadcast master monitor. This incorporates a 4,096×2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution LED-backlit double-LCD panel with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a panel brightness of 1,000 candela per square metre. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the HQLM-3125X incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features. Square-division and two-sample interleave sources can be connected to the monitor via 3G-SDI × 4.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). In addition to its picture monitoring role, the HQLM-3125X can operate as a waveform monitor and vectorscope. It can also display vertical-interval timecode, eight channel SDI-embedded audio level and closed-caption subtitles.

In the same series, the new Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840×2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images. Weight is just 9.5 kg.

Supplementing Ikegami’s HDR demonstrations at IBC2018 was a display by Hochschule RheinMain (University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden Rüsselsheim) promoting HDR to SDR down conversion. The Enhanced Video Imaging project centres on an automatic process which detects and brights dark sections of video while at the same time retrieving the detail in over-exposed sections. EVI is designed to produce better images easily and economically but optimising lighting balance and exposure as well as correcting hue and saturation.

Ikegami sets HDR at centre stage for IBC 2018

Ikegami, a leader in advanced cameras and production equipment for television content producers and broadcasters, will introduce its latest HDR-compatible range of camera systems and an expanded range of monitors at the 14 to 18 September IBC 2018 exhibition in Amsterdam. Ikegami will be represented by senior managers from the company’s global network of sales and support offices.

“The 2018 summer of sport encouraged many production companies to invest in High Dynamic Range which enables them to capture images with a much wider dynamic range than previously possible,” comments Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division manager at Ikegami Electronics (Europe) GmbH.

Lighting in television studios is carefully controlled to prevent over-exposure of highlights or corresponding under-exposure of shaded areas. Broadcasters televising large public events from locations such as open-air stadiums or theatre auditoriums face the much greater challenge of real-world lighting; from very bright sunlight on white stadium canopies to the darker detail of shaded viewing stands.

Lätzsch adds, “Our HDK-99 and HDK-73 cameras allow the full dynamic range to be captured within a single exposure setting, eliminating the need to adjust the optical aperture or imaging sensitivity in mid shot. The difference in picture quality is nothing short of stunning when viewed on HDR-compatible displays such as our new HQLM-3125X broadcast production monitor.”

4K UHD is also attracting an increasing level of attention from content producers as a way to maximise the long-term value of their programmes. The HDK-99 delivers a processed output from its control unit, allowing the camera to be used in a mixed-format production environment.

The SD to HD transition is still in progress after nearly 20 years and it is quite possible that the transition to UHD will take a similar timescale given the practicalities of delivering high bandwidth content to the viewing public. The Ikegami strategy is to support and encourage the highest possible production standards without forcing the pace of technical development faster than broadcasters choose to adopt.

Ikegami HDK-99 Full Digital 3-CMOS Full-HD 1080p HDR Camera

Debuted at the April 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, the HDK-99 succeeds Ikegami’s very popular HDK-95C as the elite offering in the Unicam HD series. A docking-style camera for portable and studio applications, it employs three 2.6 megapixel high-performance CMOS image sensors delivering high picture quality in HDR at Full-HD 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 a high F12. 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. Integral to the HDK-99 is the Ikegami AXII processor which allows fast and precise colour matching for live multi-camera applications. A Lens Aberration Correction function minimises resolution loss and coloured edging caused mainly by opticallens deviation.

Quick EZ Focus Assist provides distinct enhancement to 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 HDK-73 3-CMOS 1080i HDR Camera

The Ikegami HDK-73 is a dockable multi-role 1080i high-definition camera designed for SDR and HDR broadcast production. It is available as a complete system including CCU, connecting fibre, viewfinder and remote control. Image capture is to 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, each capable of capturing Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution images with a dynamic range of 600 per cent in normal mode and an extremely wide 1200 per cent in HLG mode, high sensitivity (F13 at 50 Hz) and high signal-to-noise ratio. The sensors natively support 1080i/59.94 and 1080i/50, as well as 720p/59.94 and 720p/50 scan formats.

Major features of the HDK-73 include full digital signal processing, advanced digital detail correction with independent horizontal and vertical correction of red, green and blue signals, and optional anti-moiré filtering. Hybrid log gamma processing is operator-selectable for HDR picture origination, enabling high-contrast scenes to be televised with full picture detail across the entire brightness range from highlights, mid-range to shaded areas.

The HDK-73’s dockable structure allows studio configuration with fibre base stations as well as self-contained operation with a camera adapter for wireless or onsite recording applications. A fibre adapter can be attached directly to the camera head without need for external cables. External devices such as wireless transmission or a solid-state recorder can be attached for standalone operation, making the camera suitable for live sports, news gathering or field production.

NEW: Ikegami HQLM Series and HEM Series Monitors

Ikegami is expanding its range of monitors with six new models:

  1. The HQLM-3125X HDR broadcast master monitor employs a 4,096×2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution LED-backlit double-LCD panel with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a panel brightness of 1,000 candela per square metre. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the HQLM-3125X incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features. Square-division and two-sample interleave sources can be connected to the monitor via 3G-SDI × 4.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). In addition to its picture monitoring role, the HQLM-3125X can operate as a waveform monitor and vectorscope. It can also display vertical-interval timecode, eight channel SDI-embedded audio level and closed-caption subtitles.
  2. The HQLM-3120W is a 31 inch 4K/HD production monitor equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard 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.
  3. Model HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard 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 16.5 inch 3840×2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images. Weight is just 9.5 kg.
  4. The HLM-2460W is a 24-inch Full-HD monitor with a 1920×1200 pixel 400 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel. It offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight and low power consumption.  Multi-format SDI. 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. The HLM-2460W achieves real pixel allocation without resizing. Its gradation characteristics also make it ideal for a wide range of broadcast applications, including use in monitor walls.
  5. A smaller version with similar features, the HLM-1760WR has a 17-inch  display (with a Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel).
  6. The Ikegami HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full HD 1920×1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel. This models offer very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight and low power consumption. The HLM-960WR is economical in power consumption (AC or DC). An optional battery bracket is available. The monitor has a USB connector on the front panel, allowing setup file storage and recall, as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

Also on show

Also on show at IBC 2018 will be the Ikegami UHK-430 3-CMOS UHD camera and aggressively priced HC-HD300 docking-style studio/field camera, the Ikegami PF-531A ultra-low latency HD/SD digital microwave link and the iHTR optical multiplex fibre transmission link.

Ikegami sets HDK-73 and UHK-430 cameras at centre stage for Media Production Show

Ikegami Electronics (Europe) will demonstrate two recent additions to its range of broadcast-quality cameras at the Media Production Show in London’s Olympia exhibition centre, taking place from 12 to 13 June 2018.

Ikegami HDK-73 3-CMOS Full-HD High Dynamic Range Camera

The HDK-73 is a dockable multi-role high-definition camera designed for standard-dynamic-range and high-dynamic-range broadcast production. It is available as complete system including CCU, connecting fibre, viewfinder and remote control. Image capture is to 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, each capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution images with an extremely wide dynamic range of more than 600 per cent, high sensitivity (F13 at 50 Hz) and high signal-to-noise ratio. The sensors natively support 1080i/59.94 and 1080i/50, as well as 720p/59.94 and 720p/50 scan formats. Major features include full digital signal processing, advanced digital detail correction with independent horizontal and vertical correction of red, green and blue signals, and optional anti-moiré filtering.

Hybrid log gamma processing is operator-selectable for HDR picture origination, enabling high-contrast scenes to be televised with full picture detail across the entire brightness range from highlights, mid-range to shaded areas. Full digital signal handling is performed by a newly developed processor operating in up to 38-bit depth.

The HDK-73’s dockable structure allows studio configuration with fibre base stations as well as self-contained operation with a camera adapter for wireless or onsite recording applications. A fibre adapter can be attached directly to the camera head without the need for external cables. External devices such as wireless transmission or a solid state HDD recorder can be attached for stand-alone operation, making the camera suitable for live sports, news gathering or field production.

An optional system expander (SE-H750) converts the portable camera into a full facility studio camera with studio viewfinder and studio lenses. Conversion between portable and studio configuration can also be achieved quickly. The HDK-73 is fully compatible with the new T-430 tripod mounting plate or the conventional T-791A plate. The T-430 provides increased stability and strength in holding the camera. For ease of use, the camera can slide into the plate from either the front or rear foot of the camera.

All critical creative functions can be accessed easily on the camera itself. Quick EZ Focus assist and chromatic aberration correction allow fast adjustment when shooting live. The Quick EZ Focus Assist function provides enhancement to the viewfinder feed for critical focus adjustment. Area size, area colour, edge colour and display time are adjustable in the camera menu. Customers can choose between three high performance viewfinders: a 2 inch LCD monocular, a 7.4 inch direct-view OLED or 7 inch LCD viewfinder.

Ikegami’s OCP-100 matching controller provides pushbutton and rotary encoder operation and includes functions such as colour temperature adjustment. The optional model OCP-300 supports Ikegami’s conventional one-by-one ICCP control and Arcnet based control systems plus Ethernet-based control. The OCP-300 includes a touchscreen LCD with rotary encoders and an SD memory card slot for full camera setup and data filing. Also available is the compact OCP-10 which can control basic functions such as iris, white balance, black balance, paint, gamma and master black. Ideal for field production or in limited space situations, the OCP-10 supports Ethernet-based control allowing customers to choose between Ikegami’s traditional ICCP control and Ethernet-based control system. The OCP-300 supports Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+).

Two 1.5G HD-SDI output signals are selectable between camera, viewfinder, return and monitor, including the ability to monitor an incoming feed. The base stations for the HDK-73 support four channels of return video. The selected channel can be output at the camera as HD-SDI, upconverted if the input is SD, and used to feed a talent monitor. A separate prompter channel with an SD input at the base station and SD output at the camera is also provided.

Also compatible with the HDK-73 is the BSF-300 base station. The BSF-300 and FA-300 fibre adapter can accept either a common optical LC-Duplex connector for single-mode fibre cables or a mating OpticalCON DUO connector for hybrid fibre/copper camera cables. This allows cost-efficient and flexible integration for a variety of applications. The PSU-300 supplies power to the fibre adapter and camera head via a hybrid cable whilst the connection to the base station is via a pair of fibres, extending the overall cable length.

Ikegami UHK-430 3-CMOS UHD Camera

The Ikegami UHK-430 is a high-end UHD camera employing three newly-developed 3840 x 2160 native 2/3 inch CMOS sensors which provide full resolution plus the depth of field required for studio and outdoor production. The UHK-430  allows very high quality UHD and high dynamic range production while at the same time interfacing easily with current HD systems. Ikegami’s iLog (HLG) can be used to achieve high contrast to handle high dynamic range. Based on logarithmic gamma processing, this integral feature allows more image information to be retained for greater headroom and colour grading.

Two-piece construction allows the concept of the optical extender block adaptor, enabling the sensor head to be detached as a compact unit for easy deployment on support devices such as long-reach manually-controlled camera poles. In this mode, the head can be operated up to 50 metres from the camera body. The head can also be replaced by other assemblies as they become available, such as a Super 35mm large-sensor front-end compatible with Positive Lock lenses. Camera heads for special applications will also become available as part of the UHK-430 product range, including a high frame-rate version. Additional system features include 12G and IP CCU outputs and a newly designed Ikegami processor which allows 40 gigabit/s uncompressed video transmission.

In its standard form, the UHK-430 weighs just 4.5 kg and is used with a 2-inch viewfinder and portable lens. An integral B4 bayonet mount allows direct docking with conventional 2/3 inch UHD lenses. UHD content can be produced for demanding applications such as live remote, sports or events just as easily as for conventional HD programmes. Camera head dimensions are 149 mm x 243 mm high x 340 mm front-to-back.

“The new processor enables the UHK-430 to deliver a wide range of features including a 16-axis colour matrix and focus-assist for 4K and HD video modes,” comments Ikegami Electronics UK general manager Trev Sword. “BT.2020 extended colour space specification is supported in UHD mode. BT. 709 colour space is supported in HD modes and can also be switched in during UHD operation. The processor also contributes to low power consumption.”

Designed for use with the UHK-430, the compact 3U 18.5 kg model CCU-430 camera control unit supports easy migration from HD to UHD live production. Features include switchable 4 x 3G-SDI UHD output as well as HD output. An optional plug-in board makes UHD video, HD video, and HD cutout from UHD available simultaneously. Other options include 12G-SDI and video-over-IP interfaces plus the SE-U430 system expander which allows use of a studio viewfinder and large studio lens with digital interface on Unicam XE series cameras.

A built-in 40 gigabits per second optical transceiver enables full bandwidth UHD resolution signal transmission between camera and CCU. Uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 signals allow very high quality chroma keying. Dual HD outputs are provided for prompter and talent monitor feeds plus return video lines from studio to viewfinder. The camera also has a Gigabit Ethernet data port to allow networked control.

Ikegami’s UHK-435 at IBC2017

Ikegami, a leading manufacturer of specialised cameras, image processing and transmission equipment, recently announced that it has launched the latest addition to its UNICAM XE series the UHK-435. Alongside this Ikegami will exhibit a range of updates to its existing product line at IBC2017, taking place 14 to 19 September, at the RAI, Amsterdam.

The UHK-435 is the world’s first 2/3-inch 3-CMOS sensor 4K/HD studio camera. It captures the extended depth of field required for studio and outdoor production and can be used with B4 bayonet-mount large studio or OB lenses. The camera delivers wide dynamic range and wide colour gamut, fully supporting HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) conforming to HDR International Standard (ITU-R BT). UNICAM XE series peripherals such as the CCU-430 camera control unit, VFL 701 D 7-inch full HD LCD viewfinder and 7.4-inch OLED viewfinder are fully compatible with the UHK-435. The viewfinder can be positioned close to the extended line of the optical axis. Interfaces are available for a wide range of signal protocols including Quad 3G-SDI, 12G SDI and IP.

With HDR taking centre stage, the latest addition to Ikegami’s Unicam HD camera series the HDK-73, which was launched at NAB 2017, will now boast HDR compatibility. The camera, which features F13(1080i50) high sensitivity 2/3-inch CMOS sensors with exceptional picture quality in either 1080i or 720p, now features a HLG hybrid log gamma for HDR picture origination. This new feature means it is now possible to shoot a scene with high dynamic range without losing gradation in the highlights.

Other additions to Ikegami’s pipeline include a new 12G-SDI interface option for its CCU-430. The new 12G-SDI interface allows greater flexibility for content creators, with the CCU-430 also designed to support 3G-SDI, simultaneous-output and VoIP, allowing for greater resolution, frame rates, colour fidelity and future trends for 4K systems.

Also on display on stand 12.A31, is Ikegami’s 4K monitor HQLM-3120W. The new monitor is equipped with two channels of 12G-SDI input as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers.

Another first will be two new monitors in Ikegami’s HD 60 series the HLM-1760WR and the HLM-960WR. The HLM-1760WR is a space-saving 17 inch video monitor with low power consumption, wide critical viewing angle, excellent brightness and contrast, fast response time and faithful colour reproduction. Employing an LED-backlight Full HD (1920×1080) panel, it incorporates multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI(HDCP) and VBS inputs as standard. The HLM-960WR is a compact and affordable solution for various broadcast monitoring applications. The new addition is a multi-format 9-inch monitor with Full HD (1920×1080) LCD panel and LED backlight available with 3G-SDI input comes as standard.

Ikegami will also be showing a prototype of its new 4K HDR monitor and 4K POV camera for robotic or unmanned studio operation.

With the announcement earlier this month that Ikegami has been appointed as a reseller partner for Snell Advanced Media (SAM), the two companies will demonstrate camera control over IP between the Ikegami stand 12.A31 and the SAM stand 9.A01.

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