The recent spate of announcements from camera manufacturers about plans to market HD and 4K shooters capable of accepting B4-mount standard lenses has been welcomed by the industry and appears to have brought live UHD broadcast launches closer.
With the emergence of high-resolution (2K, 4K) single-sensor cameras in 2006 (Red Digital Cinema was first), many claimed that television production and digital cinematography would never revert to three-chip CCD cameras—the workhorse since RGB prisms made their way into video cameras—again.
Ikegami’s NAB2015 exhibits include a 8K showcase showing advances in the high resolution format, Super Hi Vision. Ikegami is working with Japanese broadcaster NHK to develop cameras in the format which will see its next major test transmission at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Ikegami is also highlighting a new 4K camera and new 4K base station compatible with existing Ikegami Unicam cameras.
Bonded cellular system technology progress is marked with MoJos and IP-based live stream sharing services.
At this year’s NAB Show, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America (aka, Fujinon) showed two new lenses in its 4K Ultra HD Series, a Field Box Lens and a portable ENG-style lens that are designed for use with any 2/3-inch sensor camera for pristine 4K production. Both models—the new UA80x9 and UA22x8, respectively—will ship later this summer. The company said it is now booking lens demonstrations with customers.
Looking for a reliable one-channel digital recorder? Perhaps the Micron HD from Fast Forward Video (FFV) has your name on it. Based on the same technology as firm’s Omega range, the Micron HD is a digital video recorder that – says the company - delivers picture quality in JPEG2000 at an affordable price.