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THE WASHINGTON D.C. CONVENTION CENTER, BOOTH # 430, NOVEMBER 14-16--Ikegami, the world-leading manufacturer of high-quality broadcast production solutions, is exhibiting a wide range of leading-edge products and technologies vital to the needs of public-sector video and television professionals at Government Video Technology Expo (“GV Tech Expo”) 2007, at the Washington DC Convention Center.


“Government video professionals are keenly interested in leading-edge high-definition television production technologies,” observes Alan Keil, VP and Director of Engineering for Ikegami. “These include cameras that leverage the advantages of the latest CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) imagers for native multi-format HD video capture, reduced power consumption, and high-speed imaging capabilities. Tapeless HD portable cameras are also very important in public-sector videography, and Ikegami--which pioneered tapeless portable camcorder technology more than a decade ago--has had great success in this market. Tapeless HD will be of major interest at the GV Tech Expo, as will multi-purpose HD ‘box‘ cameras, and space-saving LCD HD monitors. In addition to these, high-quality standard-definition portable cameras also continue to be heavily utilized by government video professionals.”


Responding to these areas of vital interest, Ikegami‘s GV Tech Expo 2007 exhibit will feature an historic addition to the Ikegami product line: the new HDK-79EC HD Multi-format CMOS camera system. Employing three 2/3-inch 2.5 Mega-pixel specified CMOS imaging sensors to achieve supreme picture quality and multi-format HD performance, the HDK-79EC‘s 1920H x 1080V active-pixel CMOS sensors are the first of their kind in the television industry and are switchable between interlace and progressive readout modes. Providing a full 16:9 aspect ratio, the HDK-79EC‘s CMOS sensors provide: 1080/60i, 1080/24p, and 720/60p. Also available are optional 50Hz formats, 1080/50i and 720/50p, and high-speed dual-link 1080/60p, and for Super Slow Motion, 720/120p.


In addition to also employing three multi-format CMOS HD imagers, Ikegami‘s HDN-X10 EditcamHD tapeless camcorder is the first to use Avid's high quality DNxHD high-quality mastering codec to deliver HD resolution, full-raster (1920 by 1080) images that can be edited on laptop and desktop systems in real time. The DNxHD codec is an open system that can be licensed for free, ensuring viability far into the future.


The HDN-X10 EditcamHD currently employs a data rate of 145 Mbps (Megabits per second) to provide 1080/60i, 1080/24p, and 720/60p recording and playback using removable hard disk FieldPak2 or solid state RAMPak recording media. Ikegami's new 160 GB FieldPak2 provides over 2 hours of HD recording time. FieldPak2 and RAMPak media can be mounted and edited immediately without the need for digitizing or transcoding. Handy features of Ikegami‘s HDN-X10 include Retroloop (so videographers never miss a shot), Intelligent Recording (which enables the camera to automatically record to available media space), and Timelapse Recording.


Government video professionals have many unique technology needs, and among these are the use of high-quality HD cameras for image capture in inaccessible locations. Ikegami meets this challenge with its new HDL-45 and HDL-45P one-piece full-digital HD “box” cameras. Featuring advanced 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion, the HDL-45 and HDL-45P deliver superb 1080i and 720p HD image-capture, respectively, and are designed for use in such locations as traffic and weather-cam mounts, goalposts, track-side or other out-of-reach vantage points. With matching picture quality and compatibility with the same control panels as their studio camera counterparts, these box cameras integrate perfectly for flash camera, newsroom, control room, and other unmanned camera positions. Both cameras also feature a built-in servo-filter that enables insertion of a neutral density or other filters by remote control--an especially important feature for use in inaccessible installations.


Capturing the highest quality HD video from great heights is also the purpose of Ikegami‘s new HDL-F50 multi-format CMOS camera, which is designed to meet the size requirements for gyro-stabilized aerial camera mounts, such as the “ball” mounts used on helicopters. The HDL-F50‘s one-piece, space-saving design minimizes the number of camera input and output signals, simplifying signal transportation and allowing a gyro-stabilized ball mount to transmit camera signals with a minimum of slip rings. The HDL-F50‘s CMOS imager features low power consumption and provides multi-format 1080i or 720p HD image capture.


In addition to its long history of making innovative cameras, Ikegami is also well known for uncompromising quality in video monitors. The latest examples of this excellence are Ikegami‘s LCD-based HD and SD monitors. These include the HLM-2400 Wide Full HD 24-inch 16:9 LCD monitor, the HLM-910R Multi-format HD/SD 9-inch LCD monitor, and the HLM-1710WR 17-inch Multi-format LCD color monitors. All save space, are lightweight, and are low in power consumption. Compatible with all HDTV and SDTV formats, the HLM-2400, HLM-1710WR, and HLM-910R are well-suited to video security and surveillance facilities, mobile production vehicles, and all other environments in which space-saving, color-accurate, high-performance color video monitoring are a necessity.


For outstanding mobility, the HLM-910R is Ikegami‘s high-end 8.4-inch HDTV LCD color monitor with TFT LCD display. Suitable for mobile or field operation, the HLM-910R can be mounted in a 19-inch rack with a two-monitor configuration. In the field, the HLM-910P is a lightweight accessory that videographers can depend on for accurate HD/SD multi-format video monitoring. Ikegami also offers a wide variety of rack-mountable color LCD NTSC/PAL video monitors to suit the many display needs of government video professionals.


As noted earlier in this press release, high-quality SDTV portable cameras continue to be heavily utilized by government video professionals. Addressing this market is the lightweight and ergonomically advanced Ikegami HL-65W DSP portable camera for outstanding performance and sophisticated features in today‘s digital video production environments. Equipped with advanced digital signal processing ICs, the HL-65W‘s video signals are digitized with 14-bit A/D conversion and up to 38-bit internal digital processing. This delivers superb high-quality pictures with excellent S/N ratio during all operating conditions because processing such as white shading, gamma, and DTL (detail) are all performed digitally. Delivering improved color reproduction in low light areas. In addition, newly developed AIT (Advanced Interline Transfer) CCDs offer high sensitivity of f 11 and very low smear level of minus 135dB.


Visit Ikegami during GV Expo Tech 2007 at Booth # 430 at the Washington DC Convention Center.


For more information and the Regional Office nearest you, call Ikegami‘s Maywood NJ headquarters at 201-368-9171 or visit www.Ikegami.com.


Ikegami-“Tapeless Wireless Seamless.”


Ikegami Electronics is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of high-quality professional broadcast equipment. Ikegami offers a broad range of TV cameras for ENG, EFP, Studio, HDTV, CCTV and Medical Imaging. Ikegami products have received various Emmy Awards for Engineering Excellence. The company‘s universal High Definition TV cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the change over to the High Definition Television Format.


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