Ikegami Electronics Europe has provided six HDK-73 and Hi-Motion II cameras via local integrator Al Nemer Al Aswad, based in Muscat.
Oman TV has opted for six Ikegami HDK-73 3-CMOS high dynamic range camera systems and a Hi-Motion II slow-motion camera for its new OB vehicle.
Operating from Oman TV’s headquarters in Muscat, the newly enhanced vehicle will be deployed for live coverage of sports, cultural and news-related events throughout the Sultanate. The equipment was supplied by Ikegami Electronics Europe via Muscat-based systems integrator Al Nemer Al Aswad.
Speaking about the choice of equipment, a senior engineer at the OB vehicle department at Oman TV said: “This investment forms part of a technology upgrade designed to maximise production quality and operational versatility. We have had very good experience with Ikegami equipment over the years, both in terms of product specification 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 strong potential for OB production where camera operators have to handle a very high difference in brightness between sunlit sky and shaded areas of locations such as sports arenas. Ikegami has provided six HDK-73 cameras which can be pedestal mounted for use with long-range telescopic lenses, tripod-mounted in specific locations or shoulder-mounted for informal close-ups such as interviews with players. We have also integrated Ikegami BS-98 optical fibre transmission links to OCP-300 operator control panels inside the vehicle. Supplementing the HDK-73 cameras, the Hi-Motion II allows us to capture images at up to 1,000 frames per second for slow-motion replay. It also provides full remote control plus flicker-suppression and paint.”
Asim Saeed, Business Development Manager of Ikegami, added: “We are pleased that Oman TV has chosen Ikegami cameras again for its live production. As a company, we are committed to ensuring that any investment in our cameras helps broadcasters adapt to shifting broadcast market dynamics with the flawless addition of new products. Ikegami has deep knowledge of the markets which it serves and has built up a strong foundation of customer trust by providing high-quality products and local support.”
Ikegami’s HDK-73 is a dockable multi-role HD camera designed for standard-dynamic-range and high-dynamic-range broadcast production. It is available as a complete system including CCU, connecting fibre, viewfinder and remote control. Image capture is to 2/3-inch 2.6 megapixel CMOS sensors, each capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution images with a wide dynamic range of more than 600%, high sensitivity (F13 at 50 Hz) and high signal-to-noise ratio. The HDK-73’s 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.