WKTV Upgrades Newscasts With Hitachi DK-Z50 Cameras

NBC affiliate, WKTV, based in Utica, NY, has upgrade live news production to HD. The Heartland Media station chose Hitachi DK-Z50 multi-purpose, HDTV box cameras as part of the project.

Five Hitachi DK-Z50 cameras are deployed throughout the news studio, under the control of a Ross Video Overdrive automated production system. Four of the cameras are paired with Ross CamBot 500-Series robotic camera heads for unmanned operation, and together cover six areas of the studio – the main news set, weather and sports sets, promo operations, the ‘Update Center’, and the ‘News Talk’ area for sit-down interviews with invited guests. A fifth DK-Z50 in the newsroom is used for ‘stand-ups’ with on-camera talent.

The DK-Z50 cameras have 2/3in CCD imagers, with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion and advanced digital signal processing. Familiar with earlier Hitachi cameras from his nearly 40 years of experience in broadcast television, WKTV Chief Engineer Tom McNicholl began evaluating recent models during his research for the station’s HD upgrade. After seeing Hitachi cameras in action with Ross Overdrive at another station in nearby Syracuse, McNicholl took a close look at the DK-Z50 at the NAB Show.

The Hitachi DK-Z50 provides the picture quality we need to satisfy our viewers, while being economical enough to fit our budget. Combining this great price-performance ratio with the positive experiences I’d had with Hitachi cameras in the past, the DK-Z50 became the clear choice
Tom McNicholl, WKTV chief engineer

The station is also affiliated with The CW and MeTV, and late last year added CBS to its roster. WKTV produces over 30 hours of live newscasts every week. In addition to broadcast distribution over its NBC, CBS and CW channels, newscasts are streamed live on the WKTV website.

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