GSS Selects Ikegami HDL-F3000 Camera for WJXT-TV ENG ‘Copter

For their ENG helicopter, Florida TV news station WJXT-TV is using a new B512 Broadcast Series system from Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS), equipped with the Ikegami HDL-F3000 high sensitivity compact two-piece separate optics camera. The ‘copter mounted camera can be remote controlled from the studio, helping to reduce costs.

Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) B512 camera system powered by GSS’ GroundControl™ wireless bi-directional gimbal control solution, rhas been chosen for WJXT-TV’s ENG operations. As the smallest and lightest broadcast system on the market, WJXT-TV can fully remote-control the B512’s gimbal and camera from the studio, allowing them to fly their Robinson R44 helicopter while safely and expertly controlling, viewing and broadcasting in real-time to greatly reduce overall costs. The addition of the B512 also allows the helicopter to carry a full load of fuel, which translates to a substantially longer flight time.

With its compact and light camera head, the 2.2-lb Ikegami HDL-F3000 helped GSS’ B512 to significantly cut the weight of WJXT-TV’s prior solution. The new system reduces the solution size footprint, improving helicopter safety and reducing fuel consumption by adding ground-clearance and improving the helicopter’s aerodynamic profile.

In another first, WJXT-TV’s pioneering ENG solution uses its own LTE 4G (3GPT LTE) network for both camera and gimbal control, while also relaying 1080 video down to WJXT’s production facilities. Accelerated Media Technologies’ ENGenesis solution powers the system’s core networking technology.

The Ikegami HDL-F3000 is deigned for airborne gyro applications.

The Ikegami HDL-F3000 is deigned for airborne gyro applications.

The HDL-F3000 is Ikegami’s high sensitivity compact two-piece separate optics camera for gyro-stabilized gimbal applications. Equipped with 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, it achieves a minimum illumination of 0.007 lux, with image enhancement features that include noise reduction, haze removal, and digital zoom. The HDL-F3000 operates in 1080i, 720p, and 30p formats.

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