NEUSS, Germany—Ikegami Electronics (Europe) has announced that it will be demonstrating the latest additions to its range of broadcast production equipment at IBC2022 (opens in new tab)RAI Amsterdam, 9-12 September.
Products making their IBC debut at the Ikegami booth at 12.A31 include the UHK-X700, UHK-X750 and UHL-F4000 cameras and the BSX-100 UHD/HD fiber base station.
“UHD, HDR, IP and HFR will be the key topics of our IBC2022 presentations,” says Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division Manager at Ikegami Electronics (Europe). “The transition from SDI to IP technology is gaining momentum for both studio and OB applications given IP’s greater systemization flexibility and ease of extensibility. HFR recording is also in high demand, especially for slow motion sports recording. “
The Ikegami UHK-X700 is a ruggedly built camera that combines high signal quality with versatile connectivity, according to the company.
The camera supports HFR recording for slow motion and can be mounted on a pedestal or tripod, or operated over the shoulder. Its front end consists of three 2/3-inch CMOS UHD sensors with global shutter to minimize artifacts when shooting LED screens or scenes lit with flash or strobe lights.
Full HDR/SDR support is included, plus the ability to choose between BT.2020 and BT.709 chroma spaces. Optionally, HFR recordings are possible at up to 2x speed in UHD or up to 8x speed in HD via the base station. Combined with the Ikegami BSX-100 base station or the CCU-X100 camera control unit, the UHK-X700 can output UHD/HD video formats simultaneously.
IP interfaces for video, audio and intercom I/O are available as an option on the base station or CCU and comply with SMPTE ST.2110 standards. UHD video is available as a 12G-SDI feed straight from the camera head, enabling integration into a wireless system. The UHK-X700 weighs just 5kg, comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F11 when operating at UHD/50p.
Ikegami’s UHK-X750 full studio camera will also be unveiled at IBC, with all the advanced features of the UHK-X700 except those applicable to shoulder-portable operation, the company said.
The UHK-X750 offers a lower center of gravity and easier staging compared to a handheld telephoto camera with support. In addition, the Ikegami UHK-X750 full-fledged studio camera features a greater design emphasis on serviceability and cool operation.
Another IBC first includes the Ikegami BSX-100 UHD/HD multi-format fiber base station
The Ikegami BSX-100 is a UHD/HD fiber base station. It offers broadcasters and production companies an efficient upgrade path as they progress from SDI to IP, from SDR to HDR and from HD to UHD, including HD/UHD dual format workflow. Designed as a multiplatform unit, the BSX-100 is available for Ikegami HD and UHD camera systems and offers connectivity with Unicam HD or Unicam XE camera models, or both. SMPTE ST.2110 Media-over-IP interface is available as an option for use on 10GbE and 25GbE networks. HDR video with very high quality reproduction from dark to light areas is supported by default along with a wide chroma gamut. The BSX-100 includes HDR to SDR conversion and can operate in any desired combination of HD or UHD resolution and SDR or HDR simultaneously. Housed in a 3U, half-rack width, lightweight unit, it easily integrates in places with limited space.
Another IBC first is the Ikegami UHL-F4000 compact multipurpose UHD HDR camera
The Ikegami UHL-F4000 is a compact and lightweight UHD HDR camera with low power consumption. With its small form factor and low weight of only 1.1 kg, it is optimized for applications such as aerial video recording and studio robotics. Features include haze reduction, image sharpness, vertical image flip, noise reduction and digital zoom. The camera head uses three highly sensitive CMOS global shutter sensors capable of capturing broadcast quality color video over a wide range of day and night conditions, completely free of geometric distortion and flash streak effects. A 40 Gbps duplex fiber optic link communicates between the camera head and the CCU, which can be positioned up to 10 km apart. The optical fiber can be integrated into a bidirectional core via an optical circulator and passed through a single-core rotary optical joint used for a small gimbal. The CCU is compact and lightweight while simultaneously delivering HDR-compatible UHD and HD video.