Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Oklahoma’s KGEB-TV captures Ikegami GFCam
KGEB-TV, the flagship station of the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network, located on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, is using a new GFCam HDS-V10 Flash memory camcorder from Ikegami for its HD studio productions. The station also has four Ikegami HDK-79EC multiformat HD CMOS-sensor cameras, which match well with the GFCam.
Manned mostly by student camera crews, the GFCam camcorder is used within two studios (more than 11000sq-ft). Footage is shot and then edited on Apple Final Cut Pro editing workstations. Being able to do a quick file transfer of footage from the GFCam into an NLE results in faster turnaround times and high quality images. The new GFCam features retro loop (so videographers never miss a shot) and a time-lapse function.
The GFCam HDS-V10, with its three 2/3in CCD imagers, records native 720p or 1080i images in the MPEG-2 MXF file format on solid-state Flash RAM media called GFPaks. The GFPaks support tens of thousands of rewrite cycles and are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. A 64GB GFPak can hold two hours of full-resolution 50Mb/s 1920 x 1080/4:2.2 HD video. GFPaks also feature a remaining-capacity indicator, a high-speed SATA interface, and a built-in USB 2.0 port for instant connection to most nonlinear editing systems.
“From an editing standpoint, I really appreciate that I can take the GFPak out of the GFCam, connect it to the computer with a simple USB cable, and then drag-and-drop the files into Final Cut and go,” says Charmaine Lee, director of creative services for KGEB. “Instead of dealing with the typical log-and-transfer process with other cameras, I can move straight to editing.”
One of the latest new features of Ikegami’s GFCam is the ability to instantly export thumbnail clips via Bluetooth directly to a laptop application for fast logging, metadata insertion and other workflow advantages.