Ikegami to exhibit latest 4K, IP and HDR cameras at Broadcast Asia 2019

Ikegami UHK-430 4K-native camera system

The UHK-430 is a 4K-native camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR processing. Its three 2/3 inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses.

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Additional features include an integrated super processor which allows 40 gigabit/s uncompressed full bandwidth video transmission. In its standard form, the UHK-430 weighs just 4.5 kg and comes with a 2 inch viewfinder and portable lens. Dimensions are 149 mm wide x 243 mm high x 340 mm front-to-back.

An integrated Ikegami AXII processor enables the UHK-430 to deliver a wide range of features power-efficiently, including 16-axis colour correction and focus-assist for 4K and HD video modes. BT.2020 extended colour space specification is supported in 4K mode. BT. 709 colour space is supported in HD modes and can also be switched in during 4K operation.

In addition to introducing a 4K camera, Ikegami debuts its MoIP GW (Media over IP gateway) module as an IP option for the CCU-430. The IP standard in the MoIP GW for CCU-430 conforms to SMPTE ST-2110. The MoIP GW is available with either one 25 GbE module or two 10 GbE SFP modules. Two 12G SDI connections are included as standard for easy workflow transition.

Ikegami UHL-43 4K HDR compact multi-purpose camera

The UHL-43 is a compact 4K camera employing the same operational workflow and remote control structure as Ikegami’s UHK-430 and UHK-435 models. Housed in a one-piece form factor, it is designed for POV applications such as robotic studio production, sports, traffic and weather coverage and video surveillance. The camera has three 4K-native CMOS sensors, a sensitivity of F11 and a typical signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB, allowing use even in difficult lighting conditions. An integrated HLG mode (Hybrid Log Gamma) conforms to the ITU-R BT.2100 international standard for high dynamic range (HDR).

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This enables the UHL-43 to deliver exceptionally detailed picture quality across the full range of brightness levels from deep black to peak white. The camera also captures wide colour gamut. In addition to its native 4K, the UHL-43 can deliver HD/3G-SDI signals for main output. The UHL-43 can perform HD down-conversion or HD cutout, enabling easy integration into existing HD workflows. Ethernet control allows easy remote operation. 3G quad link is available as an option.

Ikegami HDK-99 Full-HD HDR camera system

The HDK-99 is a docking-style camera for portable and studio applications. It employs three 2.6 megapixel CMOS image sensors delivering high picture quality in HDR at 1920 x 1080 resolution with progressive-scan. Processed 4K can be sourced from the camera control unit.

HLG mode maintains the high contrast required for HDR and conforms to the ITU-R BT.2100 international standard. Noise is less than -62 dB and sensitivity is F12. The sensors natively support 1080i /59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/50, 1080p/29.97, 1080p/25 and 1080p/23.98. Also supported are 1080p/59.94, 1080p/50, 1080i/119.88, and 1080i/100 3G HDTV formats.

Integrated in the HDK-99 is the Ikegami AXII processor which allows fast and precise colour matching for live multi-camera applications. A lens aberration correction function minimises resolution loss and coloured edging caused mainly by optical lens deviation. Quick EZ Focus Assist enhances the viewfinder signal, enabling the camera operator to make critical focus adjustments. Area size, area colour, edge colour and display time on the viewfinder are all adjustable from the camera menu.

Ikegami HDK-73 3-CMOS Full-HD HDR camera

The HDK-73 is a docking-style multi-role high-definition camera designed for SDR and HDR broadcast production. It is available as a complete system including CCU, connecting fibre, viewfinder and remote control. The camera has three high-end 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors each capable of 1920 x 1080 resolution with an extremely wide dynamic range of 1,200% in HDR mode with high sensitivity (F13 at 50 Hz) and low signal-to-noise ratio. The sensors natively support 1080i/59.94 and 1080i/50 as well as 720p/59.94 and 720p/50 scan formats. Major features include full digital signal processing, advanced digital detail correction with independent horizontal and vertical correction of red, green and blue signals, and optional anti-moiré filtering.

HLG processing is operator-selectable for HDR picture origination, enabling high-contrast scenes to be televised with full picture detail across the entire brightness range from highlights, mid-range to shaded areas.

The HDK-73’s structure allows studio configuration with optical fibre base stations as well as self-contained operation with a camera adapter for wireless or onsite recording applications. A fibre adapter can be attached directly to the camera head without need for external cables. External devices such as wireless transmission or a solid-state recorder can be attached for stand-alone operation, making the camera suitable for live sports, news gathering or field production.

An optional system expander (SE-H750) converts the portable camera into a full facility studio camera with studio viewfinder and studio lenses. The HDK-73 is fully compatible with the T-430 or T-791A tripod mounting plates. The T-430 provides increased stability and strength in holding the camera. For ease of use, the camera can slide into the plate from either the front or rear.

Ikegami High Performance Monitors

Ikegami will also demonstrate the excellent picture quality of its 4K HQLM series monitors and Full-HD HLM 60 series monitors at Broadcast Asia 2019.

Ikegami’s 24-inch HLM-2460WR, 17-inch HLM-1760WR and 9-inch HLM-960WR now offer the option to support HDR EOTF tables in HLG1, HLG2, and S-Log3 as well as conventional gamma.

The HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor suitable for use in confined spaces such as OB vehicles. It is equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840 x 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel with LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images. Weight is just 9.5 kg.

Additionally on show will be Ikegami’s HQLM-3125X 31-inch master reference monitor which offers high quality 4K colour resolution and 1000 nits brightness, together with the HQLM-3120W 4K multi-format 31-inch video monitor.

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Eutelsat announces successful 8-year bond issuance

Eutelsat has taken advantage of the current competitive market environment to raise long-term financing with a 8-year maturity on attractive terms. The transaction was well received by a diversified investor base, demonstrating the market’s confidence in Eutelsat’s long-term business model.

The Bonds will be issued at 99.822 per cent and will be redeemed at 100 per cent of their principal amount at maturity. They will have a coupon of 2.250 per cent per annum and will be cleared through Euroclear France, Clearstream and Euroclear. An application will be made for the Bonds to be listed on the Official List, and admitted to trading on the regulated market, of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The Bonds will mature on 13 July 2027. Delivery and settlement are expected on or around 13 June 2019.

Together with other sources of cash on its balance sheet, the Bonds will enable Eutelsat S.A. to redeem the outstanding bonds issued on 13 December 2013 for a total principal amount of €930 million, bearing interest on its principal amount at a fixed rate of 2.625 per cent per annum and due January 2020.

This operation is expected to contribute to maximize Discretionary Free Cash-Flow and will generate a further pre-tax cash interest saving of approximately €10 million on an annualized basis from FY 2020-21, following the €24 million reduction of this item generated by the previous bond issue in September 2018. Furthermore, this transaction will allow Eutelsat to extend its debt maturity profile.

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VuWall Partners With TBC Consoles to Offer Control Room Kit for Simplified Control Room Deployments

VuWall announced a partnership to provide customers with an affordable and efficient control room kit that addresses the specific requirements of small to midsize control rooms — and fully complements VuWall solutions. Engineered to simplify the design, quoting and purchasing, and installation process for small and medium size control rooms, the new visualization kit includes TBC SmartTrac Console System and the VuWall ecosystem in one solution. Customers simply need to add the displays of their choice for a complete control room deployment.

“As the need for surveillance, monitoring, and collaboration capabilities proliferate across facilities of all sizes, customers are requesting a simple and efficient workstation that scales to smaller environments with robust monitoring and collaboration requirements,” said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO at VuWall. “TBC Consoles has long-standing expertise in designing modular technical furniture for the AV industry, making them a great partner in creating a combined solution. Now these customers have an affordable, easy-to-deploy and intuitive solution that leverages innovations often only seen in large, high-end control rooms.”

The kit provides organizations with VuWall’s flexible and powerful video wall management solutions that drives the best video wall visualization experience. It includes the VuStation KVM multiviewer, a control workstation that enables operators to seamlessly interact with multiple sources from a single keyboard and mouse on their desktop; VuScape, a series of power and modular video wall controllers for small and large-scale video walls; and VuWall Touch Panel, featuring a PoE tablet with an intuitive interface designer, that doesn’t require any programming skills to configure. As an integrated platform, organizations have a comprehensive ecosystem driving the video wall that is easy to use and deploy.

TBC’s SmartTrac Console System is designed to meet modern surveillance and monitoring demands within a lightweight aluminum and steel-based workstation that can be combined with other consoles, carts, or accessories to allow the system to adapt to any sized control room. It features full cable management, height adjustment, rack modules built into the countertop, and the ability to mount a variety of accessories without tools. These features speed up deployment and maximize versatility for any system components and user requirements.

“Our customers look to us for modern, ergonomic, and modular control room furniture,” said Jansen Hahn, chief operations officer at TBC Consoles. “In these environments, we are tasked with providing workstations where the operators can view a variety of sources on multiple monitors in a setting that incorporates all hardware and software to meet their needs and allows for future expansion. Working with VuWall allows us to suggest a package kit which does just that. We see great value in our ability to provide a number of discrete solutions that include furniture, processors, and visualization software all in one.”

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Riedel Delivers Agile, Reliable Comms and Signal Distribution for 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Riedel provided a complete solution that included not only intercom and signal distribution, but also accreditation, access control, commentary systems, and a comprehensive IT infrastructure for staff, broadcasters, and attending press members.

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The Riedel gear supplied to the Eurovision Song Contest included the new 2300-Series SmartPanels. These multifunctional user interfaces can be equipped with software apps to provide additional functionality above their primary purpose as intercom panels. With the powerful MediorNet Control App installed, users have flexible routing and control over audio and video signals using the high-resolution, multitouch color displays and intuitive touch-screen UI.

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“The 18 SmartPanels distributed throughout the venue enabled agile routing and control of both audio and video signals transported across our MediorNet network,” said Yung Min Lee, Senior Project Manager, Riedel Communications. “Eliminating the need for a separate control system, the MediorNet Control App allowed us to route, control, and communicate all at once. This flexibility translated to greater efficiency, which is crucial in large-scale productions like the Eurovision Song Contest.”

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Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network provided redundant and decentralized signal routing and transport throughout the final three shows of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Serving as the transport backbone for the main comms system, the MediorNet system was comprised of 60 MediorNet frames installed across 25 positions for the routing and distribution of more than 700 audio signals, 400 video signals, and a variety of data signals. The network spanned more than 25 kilometers of fiber optic cable.

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Riding atop the MediorNet signal backbone, Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom system and Bolero wireless intercom provided comprehensive and reliable communications for the crew working backstage, for the performers on stage, and for talent in the commentary positions. The Riedel solution featured over 170 intercom panels, 40 Bolero beltpacks, 32 radio channels on 260 analogue handheld radios, more than 10 radio talk groups supporting 150 digital handheld radios, and hundreds of audio accessories such as headsets, remote speaker mics, and earpieces.

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In the Riedel master control room, the team monitored and controlled the complex intercom and media network, as well as an advanced IT infrastructure with extensive cybersecurity capabilities. With nearly 50 network switches and 150 Wi-Fi access points, Riedel provided a 2 x 2 Gb/s redundant internet connection across the entire venue. From here, Riedel also remotely managed the access control and accreditation systems through the RFID-equipped accreditation cards of nearly 12,000 participants and guests.

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s longest-running international television song competition with this year’s broadcast estimated to have attracted nearly 200 million viewers worldwide.

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AIMS to Demonstrate AV-Over-IP Interoperability at InfoComm 2019

Both demos will take place in Booth 375 and will use real-world technology solutions based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite for video, audio, and data transport. Exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm, AIMS will highlight its ongoing efforts and latest progress in defining an open-standards approach for the pro AV industry’s migration to IP media.

“We’re excited about our first appearance at InfoComm because we’ll be able to deliver some key messages to the pro AV community. The best news is that SMPTE ST 2110 and related technologies are real, proven open standards, and real open standards drive maximum innovation,” said David Chiappini, chair of the AIMS Pro AV Working Group. “The standards cover a wide gamut of features that pro AV professionals want and need, and they’re now seeing mass adoption and use in the broadcast and production community. At InfoComm, we’ll show that true interoperability is possible in a multivendor AV-over-IP environment using equipment that end users can buy today.”

The first demo will be a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) solution that transports compressed 4K video over a Gigabit Ethernet (1 GigE) network using the SMPTE ST 2110 protocols. The second will demonstrate simple video distribution and processing over a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) network, showcasing seamless interoperability among four SMPTE ST 2110-compliant receiving devices, each from a different vendor.

“In today’s pro AV market, there’s a lot of discussion about whether to invest in 1 GigE or 10 GigE technologies,” Chiappini commented. “We understand that many professionals need to support today’s 4K installations, but they also know that 8K is on the horizon. With the two different demos, we wanted to show the built-in flexibility of the SMPTE ST 2110, an open standard that can encompass both current and future networking schemes. Without having to start over, AV pros can easily scale their installations to 10 GigE, 25 GigE, and beyond — and they can ensure long-term protection of their customers’ investment in technology and products.”

 

He added, “We encourage InfoComm attendees to stop by our booth and find out more about AIMS’ groundbreaking work, and how they can participate in helping to shape the future of multivendor AV-over-IP interoperability.”

 

Sonnet Announces Breakthrough-Priced Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Solo10G adapters add super-fast 10GbE network connectivity to a wide range of computers, enabling users to easily connect to 10GbE-enabled network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.

What It Does:

Measuring a compact 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall and featuring an extruded aluminum enclosure, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is a compact, rugged, fanless adapter for Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports. Equipped with a single RJ45 port, the adapter enables 10GbE connectivity via inexpensive CAT 6 or CAT 6A copper cabling at distances of up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. The adapter connects to a single Thunderbolt 2 port on the computer and is bus-powered for convenient, energy-efficient, and portable operation.

Why It’s Important:

The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is the simplest and lowest cost external solution yet for adding 10GbE network connectivity to computers equipped with older Thunderbolt technology, including the Mac Pro® 6,1. The Sonnet adapter offers Mac users a plug-and-play experience with no driver installation required; Windows use only requires a simple driver installation. The product is configured using operating system settings, so there’s no separate management program to install or run.

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The Solo10G adapter also supports NBASE-T™ (multigigabit) technology, the recent Ethernet standard that enables 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds on existing CAT 5e (and better) cabling at distances of up to 100 meters. This capability enables organizations with older infrastructure to simply update to multigigabit Ethernet switches and to use Sonnet’s Solo10G adapter to boost network transmission speeds up to 500% without the need to rewire.

How It’s Unique:

Unlike many 10GbE adapters, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition’s enclosure was designed to passively cool the circuitry within, eliminating the need for a fan and enabling silent operation.

The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is by far the lowest cost Thunderbolt 2 10Gb Ethernet adapter available today.

Like other Solo10G products, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition was engineered with security features essential to today’s users. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet network adapter is protected against malicious firmware modification. Any unauthorized attempt to modify the firmware to enable covert computer access renders it inoperable. These security features prevent the Solo10G adapter from being reprogrammed, except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.

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Densitron signs up as licensed HDMI® adopter

As a world leader in the design and manufacture of professional touch-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, plus OLED, TFT, monochrome LCD displays, and embedded solutions for broadcast, test and measurement, digital signage, and gaming, it has now qualified its adoption of the latest HDMI standards, the undisputed quality benchmark for connecting consumer electronic devices.

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Densitron Global Product Director Martyn Gates said, “HDMI and the organisation that champions its development, consistency, and evolution, HDMI.org, enables us and the other adopters to properly develop and market beneficial and reliably uniform technologies. This ensures that we collectively track with advances in technical standards and market demands.

“Densitron’s nearly 50 years of display and opto-electronic experience, coupled with our highly skilled team of design and development engineers, have made us the leader in providing high-resolution displays for demanding environments and this is another major component in, and acknowledgment of, that expertise.”

HDMI adoptees comprise many of the world’s largest consumer electronics and PC manufacturers who have successfully created and sold millions of consumer products worldwide.

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