Ikegami Reports Growing Interest in UHD in Europe

While many are still hesitating before jumping onto the 4K (Ultra High Definition) bandwagon, Ikegami said it’s seeing lots of interest from customers and attendees to its various industry trade shows for its UHD and even 8K technology.

For example, at the recent IBC Show in Amsterdam, the company said it saw “accelerating interest” in ultra-high definition (UHD) among visitors to its exhibit stand.

“The transition from HD to UHD will give content producers the ability to offer domestic television viewers a fourfold improvement in picture resolution,” said Masanori Kondo, President of Ikegami Europe. “High dynamic range imaging will also add tremendously to the home viewing experience, matching the latest developments in picture display technology. UHD will also enable producers to maximize the commercial life of their programs as the broadcast marketplace progresses to higher technical standards.”

To encourage feedback from potential customers, Ikegami showcased at IBC this year a 4K-native new Unicam 3-CMOS 2/3-inch camera that matches the ergonomic and operational features of conventional Ikegami Unicam HD cameras. The company said the design goal is to deliver the deep focusing capabilities required for broadcast operations combined with ultra high quality color reproduction. Compactness and light weight are obviously important issues as well.

“High dynamic range was much in discussion and has long been our specialty,” Kondo said. “Ikegami can stream component RGB 444 direct from camera head to control unit. This enables us to produce uncompressed RAW data from a 4K native sensor matching the UHD color space defined in ITU Recommendation 2020. The 4K-native new Unicam camera will be capable of easy integration into 4K studio and 4K field/OB truck systems. A 2/3-inch B4-mount will allow direct docking with conventional lenses plus a focus-assist function.”

Ikegami displayed its SHK-810 portable 8K camera, developed in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). The SHK-810 incorporates a 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS single sensor delivering 4,000 television lines of horizontal and vertical resolution.

Ikegami displayed its SHK-810 portable 8K camera, developed in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). The SHK-810 incorporates a 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS single sensor delivering 4,000 television lines of horizontal and vertical resolution.

Ikegami also displayed its SHK-810 portable 8K camera, developed in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). The SHK-810 incorporates a 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS single sensor delivering 4,000 television lines of horizontal and vertical resolution. The sensor allows the tight depth of focus, which is often requested by producers of drama programs. The SHK-810 has 8K, 4K and 2K outputs, all in native quality. It can be used in a fully 8K production environment or alongside 4K and/or 2K cameras. Regular PL-mount lenses can be used.

Ikegami's BS-98/CCU-980 hybrid 2K/4K rack-mountable optical-fiber transmission links made their first appearance. When used in combination with current Ikegami Unicam HD cameras, the BS-98/CCU-980 can deliver HD and 4K processed UHD signals simultaneously. This allows users to employ their existing HD cameras and accessories, including lenses, for 4K productions as economical bridge equipment until they are confident that 4K viewing will become popular in the broadcast marketplace.

The Ikegami HDK-97ARRI broadcast-style production camera with digital cinema characteristics and HDK-97A 16-bit full digital 3G HDTV portable camera were exhibited with the BS-98/CCU-980 hybrid 2K/4K optical fiber links in a demonstration of 4K live pictures. The HDK-97ARRI is a joint venture between Ikegami and ARRI.

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