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2013 MTV Video Music Awards to Use FUJINON Cabrio Cine-Style Lenses on Ikegami HDK-97ARRI Cameras for Filmic Look

Video Music Awards is the first to use revolutionary combination of Ikegami HD camera, ARRI Super 35mm sensor, and FUJINON Cabrio zooms for live, multi-camera HDTV broadcast 

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will be the first live, multicamera HDTV broadcast to use Ikegami HDK-97ARRI large-format CMOS cameras paired with digital cinema style FUJINON PL19-90 Cabrio Premier PL Mount zoom lenses. On August 25th, 2013, MTV will air the VMAs live from MTV Networks VMA 2013 PL 19-90 Cabrio Ikegami HDK-97ARRIBarclays Center, a new state-of-the-art entertainment arena in Brooklyn, NY at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

“By enabling a multicamera broadcast workflow with a visually stunning film look, this perfect synergy between the Ikegami/ARRI Super 35mm CMOS sensor camera and the compact Cabrio lens offers HDTV broadcasts the look we’ve long sought,” said Danny Walters, project engineer for Viacom Media Networks, Music Group and Logo, Technical Operations and Remote division in Nashville, TN.

New Remote Productions, Inc, a business unit within Viacom, operates a fleet of remote production vehicles for use by Viacom Networks as well as third-party customers. Four production trucks will be parked in and around the Barclays Center for live coverage of the Red Carpet, the VMA All Access live stream, and the primetime event being produced by Viacom’s Moonman Productions, to be directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Prior to the NAB convention this year, MTV placed a large equipment order directly with Ikegami, including eight HDK-97ARRI cameras and eight FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio lenses, which arrived in May 2013. Walters explained that, as “big believers in the large-format imager philosophy for TV entertainment,” they began searching for the large-format sensor camera first, including models by Sony and Red, and even took a hard look at the ARRI Alexa, But when Walters learned about the partnership between Ikegami and ARRI, the maker of the Super 35mm CMOS sensor, he chose the Ikegami HDK-97ARRI because of its ability to fuse the large-format imager with a traditional broadcast workflow.

“When it came time to select the lenses, it was an easy choice,” Walters said. “We’ve been very satisfied FUJINON users for a long time, and the fact that they had produced a lens that merges a broadcast- and ENG-friendly workflow with cine-style features and characteristics made it a natural choice for this application.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL Mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. With the longest focal range of any lightweight zoom lens, the PL 19-90 covers a 31.5mm size sensor on a digital cinema style camera, with a T2.9 aperture range. Within Barclays Center, the cameras will be situated on pedestals, jibs, and Steadicams as well as in traditional handheld applications.  Technicians from Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division and Ikegami will be on-hand at Barclays Center during the live broadcast.

“While we’re early adopters of this innovative technology, we’re very excited about its potential to revolutionize the look of live entertainment and special events shows,” Walters said. Calling the VMAs one of the most demanding live shows Viacom produces each year, Walters added, “If the new camera gear survives this, it can survive anything.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

 

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Jones Mobile Installs 10 New FUJINON Lenses on Vision HD Mobile Unit

Wayne, N.J., June 13, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division is announcing that Jones Mobile Television—a video production company based in North Little Rock—installed 10 new FUJINON HDTV lenses on VisionHD, its 51-foot expanding mobile unit that was recently upgraded to HD.

The HD lens package—to be used with new Sony HDC-2400 3G multi-format HD camera systems—includes: four FUJINON Jones Mobile TV VisionHD Hard Camera with operator JPGXA88x8.8BESM and two FUJINON XA77x9.5BESM HDTV big box lenses, three HA23x7.6BERM and one HA14x4.5BERM Premier Series HD ENG field lenses.

“The video truck business is extremely demanding,” said Bob Derryberry, president of Jones Mobile Television, founded in 1993. “Our network clients have high expectations. With so much riding on major sports, entertainment, and corporate events, it’s critical to have video acquisition gear that offers superior HD picture quality and dependable performance,”

As part of an extensive $3 million upgrade, VisionHD’s interior was gutted and rebuilt as a multi-format HD truck. The truck’s onboard systems now include: a Grass Valley Kayenne switcher, Chyron Duet Hyper X3 live graphics system, Miranda and Matrox multi-viewer flat screen monitor walls, PESA Cheetah router, and multiple EVS systems for slow motion, editing, and multi-channel playback.

The truck previously carried FUJINON SD lenses that had been in service for about 13 years. According to Derryberry, “The lenses were still in very good working order when we sold them to another company for use in their studio. That speaks volumes about FUJINON lenses. Even after using them in extreme weather conditions, if you maintain them properly, they will last you many years.”

Jones Mobile TV Vision HD Fujinon lens on Handheld Camera JPGDesigned for use at large venues and sporting events, the XA88x8.8BESM is an HD telephoto “big box” field lens with an 88x zoom range. Designed for 2/3-inch cameras, the XA88x8.8BESM offers focal lengths of 8.8-777mm at 1X and 17.6-1554mm with the 2X extender.

The XA77x9.5BESM telephoto field lens, which is also a 2/3-inch big box HD lens, offers focal lengths of 9.5-732mm at 1X, and 19.0-1464mm with the 2X extender. Both DigiPower big box style lenses feature FUJINON’s exclusive aspheric technology, anti-fogging and optical stabilization, as well as EBC coating to reduce ghosting and flare and increase light transmission. The Premier Series HD ENG style lenses both offer 2X extenders and DigiPower servo technology.

“These ENG lenses complement the big box lenses perfectly,” Derryberry said. “The picture quality they produce is fantastic, and you can’t tell the difference when you’re intercutting shots from the big box and ENG lenses together.

“In my more than 30 years in broadcast television, I’ve come to know and trust FUJINON lenses, and I value the exceptional service and support I’ve received from our sales rep Dave Waddell and his colleagues over the years,” said Derryberry. “Because we can count on FUJINON, our clients can count on us.”

To learn more about Fujifilm’s lenses, please go to: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including:  photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go towww.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook.  To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

MetroEast and Portland Community Media Centers Each Acquire Eight Hitachi HD Cameras for Public Access Production

Diversified Systems Plays Key Role in Both Sales

WOODBURY, NEW YORK, June 4, 2013 – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, today announced that MetroEast Community Media and Portland Community Media—two non-profit public access media centers serving Portland, OR—each installed eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field production cameras.

Brad Fisher at Diversified Systems, a national systems integration firm with an office in Portland recommended this camera based on its price performance. He placed the order with Hitachi Sales Representative David Morris on behalf of the two customers.Diversified Portland Community Media Hitachi Z-HD5000 JPG

While the community media centers are not related, they often coordinate their equipment choices and studio configurations to ensure that their operational workflow will be familiar to all Portland residents who use both facilities. After Portland residents complete the training sessions, they are free to use the broadcast-quality studios to produce and cablecast Public Access, Educational, and Government (PEG) programming on any issue or topic.

“Both of these community media centers do an excellent job keeping their facilities running, and they do it on very limited funds. One way I feel I can help them is by making sure that their dollars are leveraged in the best way possible. I recommended the Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera because I felt it would enable their HD transitions at a very affordable price and give them the quality they deserve,” said Fisher.

Portland Community Media

Portland Community Media, which focuses on Multnomah County, receives 70 percent of its operating budget from the City of Portland. Despite the tight budget, Portland Community Media is nearly finished transitioning its facility to HDTV.

According to Bea Coulter, director of operations for Portland Community Media, they currently downconvert their HD programs to SD for broadcast by local cable systems. However, when these cable systems provide them with HD channels—which is expected within the next four months—they’ll be ready.

Z-HD5000 2 28 12Five of the eight Hitachi cameras purchased in the summer of 2012 are situated in Studio A, and three are in Studio B. These 2/3-inch Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD cameras, which replace older 1/3-inch HD cameras, were chosen because they offer higher video quality at an affordable price point.

“We immediately recognized that this camera offers high-end functionality, and the ability to produce high-quality programming. Since the people who use our studio equipment are not video professionals, the user-friendliness of this camera was very appealing,” said Coulter. “These factors made the decision to choose this camera very easy. The training, tech support and service we’ve received from Hitachi has been great, so much more than I expected from an equipment vendor.”

MetroEast Community Center

MetroEast Community Center, which serves East Multnomah County and towns east of Portland, installed four of its eightHitachi Z-HD5000’s in Studio A, which has a green screen for live graphics. The remaining four Hitachi cameras are in a fly-pack in a mobile video unit used for multi-camera remote productions, including town council meetings and high school sporting events.

MetroEast’s operating budget is funded in part by franchise fees collected from Comcast cable and Frontier Fios, two local cable systems that carry the programming. MetroEast also expects to be producing and broadcasting in full HDTV this summer.

According to Jamie Groce, technical manager for MetroEast Community Media in Portland, these Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras are the first step in their transition to HD. “Budget was a big issue for us,” said Groce. “We felt that this camera had all the features we needed at a competitive price. So it came down to bang for the buck on an all-around great product.”

Their cameras are configured for digital fiber optic cabling, which Groce said enables them to have long cable runs fairly inexpensively compared to triax or multicore cabling. The durability of fiber optic cabling is especially important when the cameras are used for field production.

Both Portland Community Media and MetroEast Community Media received cameras outfitted with FUJINON HD lenses as well as Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units and Hitachi RU-1000VR control panels. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 offers three high-sensitivity, low noise 2/3-inch IT CCDs in a lightweight 2-piece dockable camera body as well as 800 TVL resolution, F10 sensitivity, and 14-bit analog to digital conversion.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) consolidated revenues totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Systems Integrator, TSE, Installs Hitachi Z-HD5000 Cameras and HD Control Room at Eastern Michigan University

WOODBURY, New York –Hitachi Kokusai Electric America announces that TSE (Total Sports Entertainment) Services—a systems integrator based in La Crosse, WI—has installed three new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras, a YESCO video board, and a full HD production control room in the Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, MI.

Under the project management of A/V Consultant Frank Moraski, Jr, a principal of Anthony James Partners (AJP) in Z-HD5000 2 28 12Richmond, VA, the facility renovation involved LED displays from YESCO (Young Electronic Sign Company), in Logan, Utah, which in turn contracted TSE Services for the turnkey systems integration work.

Bob Johnston, regional sales manager, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, facilitated the camera order, including three Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio cameras with CU-HD500 camera control units and FUJINON HD lenses, as well as a Hitachi RU-1000VR control panel for remote camera setup. Two Z-HD5000’s are in a studio configuration on tripods, while one is used as a shoulder-mount handheld within EMU’s Convocation Center – an 8,000-seat arena where the University’s NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics events are held.

“For live event entertainment, EMU has invested in broadcast-quality, HD cameras, and the picture quality is outstanding,” said Marty Masewicz, an A/V systems integrator with TSE Services, which specializes in the design and installation of big-board displays and A/V installations for sports, education, and other applications nationwide. “As the public becomes more media-savvy, picture quality is a key consideration, especially when the image will be displayed on a huge video screen.”

Another important consideration favoring the selection of Hitachi cameras was user-friendliness, since EMU students often operate the video equipment in the Convocation Center.

According to Masewicz, the HD control room was designed to serve the production needs of other athletic facilities on the EMU campus, including Rynearson Stadium, the 30,200-seat football stadium next door to the Convocation Center. “The Hitachi Z-HD5000’s fiber camera adapters enable long-fiber runs within the arena—and eventually from other campus venues—back to the ‘production room.’” In this room, TSE installed a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 integrated HD production switcher and a NewTek 825 8-channel replay system, as well as ClickFX Crossfire and Blaze systems to feed the big-board.

At present, the Hitachi cameras will capture HD video of games and special events like graduations for display on a four-sided, center-hung YESCO LED display/scoreboard and two 50-foot courtside LED ribbons.

“In our experience,” Masewicz said, “colleges and universities have increasingly been adopting high-quality HD video displays to provide live entertainment during athletic and special events. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 is an affordable, high-performance solution, ideal for this application.”

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Systems Integrator Encore Broadcast Relies on Hitachi HDTV Cameras for House of Worship Installs

WOODBURY, New York – Systems integrator Encore Broadcast Solutions in Winter Springs, Florida, consistently relies on Hitachi HDTV studio field production cameras for house of worship installations throughout the state. The company recently installed Z-HD5000 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America at three churches: First Presbyterian of Orlando, First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs, and Faith Assembly of God in Orlando.

“The Z-HD5000 offers great functionality and is extremely easy to use,” said Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer, Encore Broadcast Solutions. “With a lot of our projects, we’re looking for high-quality cameras with a reasonable price point that operate with fiber cable and can be portable. The Z-HD5000 fits these needs perfectly, which is why I’ve consistently used the camera in recent projects. In fact, overall, I continue to rely on Hitachi cameras and have done so for years.”

One of the churches that worked with Encore last year to upgrade to HD is First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The church Faith Assembly Hitachi ZHD5000 cameras 10 11 12 8uses video to stream a formal service from the main auditorium to a 16’ x 9’ screen in a smaller room nearby that seats 300 people. The church also streams video of its services to the web. While some may use lower quality equipment for Internet streaming, Encore felt it was worth the investment to install broadcast quality equipment.

“Ultimately, you’re spending a bit more money for much better quality that will be seen on many computers and televisions. To enhance the Web viewing experience of the church’s followers, we chose high-quality video equipment while keeping a budget in mind. Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 was an ideal pick for the church,” explained Cameron.

According to Richard Swinson, Technical Arts Director, for First Presbyterian Church, “Our Hitachi cameras were an important part of our total HD upgrade. From HD images on screens in our traditional service, to HD broadcast of our contemporary service, and live HD streaming to our website, the high-quality imaging we capture with our Hitachi cameras stood out to our congregation immediately. It really makes a significant, positive difference to our members and viewers.”

Another church that recently installed Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras is First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs. Before the HD overhaul, the church used small consumer cameras. One of the design challenges for Encore was building a control room out of the church’s attic. Because the control room wasn’t near the main auditorium, they needed HD cameras with digital optical fiber CCU that allowed them to use I-MAG to broadcast sermons throughout the entire building. Three Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras equipped with optical fiber and FUJINON lenses are installed in the main auditorium of the church. The project included building a video and sound system in the church’s overflow room, where services are streamed live to members who prefer to attend services in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Faith Assembly of God in Orlando also worked extensively with Encore to build its new campus. Three Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras were installed in the main sanctuary’s 2,700-seat auditorium. Two of the Hitachi cameras are equipped with Angenieux telephoto lenses and set in the sound booth in the back of the auditorium. The third Hitachi camera is on a jib equipped with a Canon wide angle lens. Faith Assembly uses video in a variety of ways, including live streaming of its services and concert productions to reach its audience in multiple continents.

Cameron said, “As a systems integrator, our goal is to choose high quality products that give our clients the best bang for their buck. With Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 camera, I’m confident we’re doing just that.”

Jeff Cameron can be reached at (407) 448-3531 or jcameron@encorebroadcast.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Dallas-Based GeminiLSV Acquires Three Hitachi HD Studio Cameras for Expanding Video Department

WOODBURY, NEW YORK, March 20, 2013– Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, today announced that Gemini Light, Sound, Video (GeminiLSV) – a Dallas, Texas-based rental and production company – recently acquired three new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field production cameras.

While GeminiLSV is renowned for its stage lighting, sound services, and equipment rental business, the company purchased the ZHD5000 2 28 12three new Hitachi HDTV cameras in an effort to expand and strengthen its video production business.

In the first three months since the Hitachi cameras arrived, they’ve been used to produce HD video on-location for a wide range of corporate events, including conferences and expos, where big-screen HDTV digital projection, LED video walls, and other video displays play a prominent role. The GeminiLSV camera operators can use the Hitachi Z-HD5000’s on tripods, on a jib, or in shoulder-mount configuration, depending upon the needs of the job.

“The biggest selling point of these cameras for us was the ability to use digital optical fiber cable for transmission, which is extremely cost-efficient,” said John Stem, video department manager, for GeminiLSV in Dallas, Texas. “We also like that the Hitachi Z-HD5000 is a 2/3-inch HD camera that produces a brilliant picture. It’s dockable so we can dock it with a sled if we need to. All in all, it’s a very versatile piece of gear for us.”

The Hitachi Z-HD5000 features three high-sensitivity, high-resolution, low noise 2/3-inch IT-CCDs in a lightweight 2-piece dockable camera body. It produces 800 TVL of resolution, F10 standard sensitivity, 58dB HDTV signal to noise ratio, and 14-bit analog to digital conversion, utilizing high-performance Hitachi DSPs.

GeminiLSV’s Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera package also included three Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units, an RU-1000VR control panel for remote camera setup, digital optical fiber camera adapters, and Fujinon 25x HD lenses.

“Our clients expect the highest quality equipment and services from us, and we keep this in mind with every new piece of equipment we buy,” said Stem, who joined GeminiLSV one year ago to expand its video department. ”Right now our focus is on offering high-end video production services, but we plan to broaden into camera rentals as our HD video camera inventory expands.”

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

New Hitachi HDTV Camera Raises Bar on Picture Quality and Operational Efficiency

WOODBURY, New York – At NAB 2013, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will introduce the Z-HD6000 CMOS HDTV studio camera, featuring a new 2/3-inch CMOS camera processor at the 2013 NAB show taking place April 6-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will exhibit in booth C4309.

Z-HD6000.ls1With its 2.6 million pixel, 2/3-inch, 1920×1080 raster MOS RGB sensors, the new Z-HD6000 raises the bar on picture quality. The new Z-HD6000 improves operational and cost efficiency within studio environments because its camera head provides extra power, communication channels, and other built-in features not typically found in cameras of its class.

“We’ve designed the Z-HD6000 camera with integrated features that enhance the studio production workflow, while saving our customers money,” said Sean Moran, vice president of Sales, Broadcast & Professional Division at Hitachi Kokusai Electric America. “By incorporating useful operational features in the camera system, we’ve eliminated the need for external hardware and extra wiring; making our system simpler to use, integrate, and deploy.”

Access to power

Having built-in access points for extra power means that studio personnel can run a teleprompter in addition to a floor or studio monitor from the camera head without the need for external power sources. Joe Tymecki, chief technical officer of Vermont Public Television, owns four Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital HDTV studio cameras, which also have this feature.  “Because the camera head provides a high amount of power for the teleprompter, it made integrating our system a lot easier,” said Tymecki.  “It saved us the expense of the extra integration time and of having to acquire external power.”

Better communication

ZHD6000.SA1000_Lrear1With built-in access to multiple communication channels, the Z-HD6000 also provides: two IFB channels for listen only, two aux feeds that can send video to the operator, two video feeds that can go to talent and studio monitors, a second intercom channel for the floor manager or spotter, and a tally viewable in the talent prompter, among other features. “Occasionally we need a floor director or additional production talent who do not have access to wireless headsets,” Tymecki explained. “It’s nice when these extra production people can just plug into a camera head in the studio without impacting the camera operators.”

The Hitachi Z-HD6000 also offers new features and functions including: ‘no vertical smear’, F12 standard sensitivity with over 60dB of signal-to-noise ratio, and an RLAC real-time lens aberration correction function. However, the Z-HD6000 also retains all the popular features and functionality inherent in the existing Hitachi HDTV camera line, such as: fiber or digital triax cable operation, external auto-setup, advanced color correction, and improved skin tone detail.

At the 2013 NAB Show, Hitachi will also exhibit the new SK-HD2200 full body HD production camera, featuring new 2/3-inch, 1080/60p progressively scanned Ultra-Advanced UAIT-CCDs; as well as the Hitachi SK-HD1200 native 1080/60p studio/EFP camera; SK-HD1000 dockable studio/field camera; Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field camera; and DK-Z50 multi-purpose HDTV camera.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.