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Supporting 4K-native production a key goal for Ikegami in 2024

2160p 4K-UHD has emerged as the globally preferred mastering format among television production companies creating content for linear broadcast transmission and online video-on-demand, says Ikegami.

To support this trend, the supplier of professional broadcast equipment is offering solutions such as the new UHK-X600 multi-format portable camera. The UHK-X600 can be upgraded from HD to UHD via a license-key based option as or when required. 

Among other license-key based options is support for 2x, 3x and 4x high-frame-rate capture in HD plus optional 4K format (3840×2160/50p) delivering 2000 TVL resolution. Its plug-in hardware-based options include a SMPTE ST 2110 compatible media-over-IP interface board and 12G outputs.

The UHK-X600 comes with Hybrid Log Gamma as standard including the ability to select between BT.2020 and BT.709 colour spaces. Global shutter imagers minimise artifacts when televising LED screen walls or flash/strobe illuminated stage environments.

Alan Keil, Vice-President & Director of Engineering at Ikegami Electronics (USA), said, “Customers at every level from freelance producers up to large scale media networks are demanding safeguards against what looks like a relentless transition to ever higher mastering and delivery standards.

“The license-key option provides the freedom to invest in solutions that most exactly match your current business model without risk of losing a production contract because your equipment is not future-proof.

“4K-UHD is the logical format for high-budget mastering especially in the USA where ATSC 3.0 offers a potential route for terrestrial and satellite-based 2160p direct-to-home transmission.”

Gisbert Hochguertel, Ikegami’s Europe Product Specialist, added, “The license-key option adding high-frame-rate video capture is another big advantage when and where needed for slow-mo sports, wildlife documentaries and the like.”Ikegami is also offering the UHK-X700, which includes the same features as the UHK-X600 plus UHD-frame rate (3840×2160@50p, 59.94p) operation as a standard feature. If required, the UHK-X700 can also operate in 4K/UHD 2x speed or in Full HD format at up to 8x speed.

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