UNC Enhances NCAA Men’s Basketball Coverage With Ikegami

Go Heels Productions, the video production arm of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has adding four new Ikegami HDK-95C camera systems for live event broadcasting, which includes the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions.

UNC’s eight total Ikegami HDK-95C cameras are central to an intense schedule, which sees Go Heels Productions covering over 200 live events per academic year. 28 Division One sports are on campus, including their men’s basketball team, which stands as the 2017 NCAA champions.

Go Heels Productions is currently producing in 720p and 1080i HD formats, but are also 4K-ready with the Ikegami HDK-95C’s 4K Multi-format Base Station. “Being equipped for 4K is essential,” says Ken Cleary, Assistant Athletic Director for Go Heels Productions. “We didn’t want to be without an upgrade path when 4K starts to take off. The BS-98 means we’ve protected our investment, with the flexibility to expand as soon as we’re ready.”

Controls feel approachable to student shooters, while offering extreme flexibility for advanced operators. “Many of our camera operators are undergraduate students – they may not be highly skilled at first, but they are very eager to improve,” Cleary notes. “The HDK-95C’s functionality helps them to perform well right off the bat, without overwhelming them, and then they dive deeper into details as they ramp up.

HDK-95C

Part of Ikegami's Unicam HD line, the HDK-95C HD portable digital camera is equipped with native multi-format 2.5 million pixel, 2/3 inch CMOS sensors. It also features an upgrade path to 24p and 3G formats, including 1080/60p and 4:4:4 24p.

UNC’s HDK-95C cameras have withstood the very worst of weather, with zero breakdowns. “We’ve shot in 100-degree (37˚C) temperatures, in the middle of a hurricane, and we shuttle the cameras all over on the back of a golf cart,” says Cleary. “The HDK-95C cameras are rugged and robust enough to handle all of that.”

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