Oman TV uses Ikegami HDK-73, Hi-Motion II cameras for OB production vehicle
Ikegami HDK-73 3-CMOS high dynamic range camera systems and a Hi-Motion II slow motion camera were selected by Oman TV for integration into an outdoor broadcast production vehicle. Operating from Oman TV’s headquarters in the capital, Muscat, the newly upgraded vehicle will be deployed for live coverage of sporting, cultural and news events throughout the Sultanate. The equipment was supplied by Ikegami Electronics Europe via local integrator Al Nemer Al Aswad, based in Muscat.
“This investment is part of a technology upgrade designed to maximize production quality and operational versatility,” comments the senior engineer of Oman TV’s OB vehicle department. “We have had a very good experience with Ikegami equipment over the years, both in terms of product specifications and proven reliability, backed by a high level of support from the Ikegami ME team.
“The HDK-73’s ability to capture high dynamic range video has particularly great potential for OB production where camera operators have to deal with a very large difference in brightness between sunny skies and shaded areas of locations such as sports arenas.
“Ikegami provided six HDK-73 cameras that can be mounted on a pedestal for use with long-range telescopic lenses, mounted on a tripod at specific locations, or mounted on the shoulder for informal close-ups such as interviews. players. We have also integrated Ikegami BS-98 fiber optic transmission links to the OCP-300 operator control panels inside the vehicle.
“In addition to the HDK-73 cameras, the Hi-Motion II allows us to capture images up to 1000 frames per second for slow motion playback. It also provides full remote control as well as flicker and paint removal.
“We are delighted that Oman TV has once again chosen Ikegami cameras for its live production,” says Head of Business Development Ikegami Asim Saeed. “As a company, we are committed to ensuring that any investment in our cameras helps broadcasters adapt to the changing dynamics of the broadcast market with the seamless addition of new products. Ikegami has extensive knowledge of the markets it serves and has built a solid foundation of customer trust by providing high quality products and local support.
The Ikegami HDK-73 is a dockable multirole high definition camera designed for standard dynamic range and high dynamic range broadcast production. It is available as a complete system including CCU, connection fiber, viewfinder and remote control. Image capture is performed with 2/3 inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, each capable of capturing images in Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with extremely wide dynamic range of over 600%, high sensitivity ( F13 at 50 Hz) and a high signal to noise ratio.
The HDK-73’s sensors natively support 1080i / 59.94 and 1080i / 50 scan formats, as well as 720p / 59.94 and 720p / 50. Key features include full digital signal processing, advanced digital detail correction with independent horizontal and vertical correction for red, green and blue signals, and optional anti-moiré filtering. Hybrid log gamma processing is operator-selectable for creating HDR images, enabling television of high-contrast scenes with full picture detail across the entire brightness range, from highlights to shaded areas. Complete management of the digital signal is performed by a processor operating up to 38 bits deep.
The HDK-73’s dockable structure allows for studio setup with fiber base stations as well as stand-alone operation with a camera adapter for wireless or on-site recording applications. A fiber adapter can be attached directly to the camera head without the need for external cables. External devices such as wireless transmission or solid state recorder can be connected for stand-alone operation, making the camera suitable for live sports, news gathering or field production. Customers can choose from three high-performance viewfinders: a 2-inch LCD monocular, a 7.4-inch direct-view OLED viewfinder, or a 7-inch LCD viewfinder.
Jointly developed by NAC Image Technology and Ikegami, the Hi-Motion II delivers professional-quality slow-motion images with up to 20 times slowing down. The camera uses three 1920 x 1080 resolution CMOS sensors and features a broadcast industry standard B4 lens mount. Features include simultaneous recording and replay (96 gigabytes), up to 1000 frames per second, 1920 x 1080 capture, built-in shutter, full remote with paint, flicker suppression and system compatibility EVS via an LSM panel.