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TBN equips New York studio with Ikegami HDK-79EXIII field cameras
Trinity Broadcasting Network has equipped its new Manhattan production facility with six Ikegami HDK-79EXIII full-digital HDTV field cameras configured for studio use.
Set inside an 1800s-era 200-seat theater in Manhattan’s Union Square, TBN NY (WTBY 54) makes the most of its classic but compact space. From this facility, TBN produces such shows as its flagship “Praise the Lord Program,” “The Dino Show” and numerous specials. With only a 20ft by 25ft stage and minimal room to maneuver, TBN needed to make the most of every inch of studio space.
The HDK-790EXIII is Ikegami's full-digital HDTV studio camera system, which is engineered for picture quality, functionality and reliability. The HDK-790EXIII incorporates newly developed 2/3in, 2.3 million-pixel 1080i AIT CCD image sensors that achieve a horizontal resolution of 1000 lines and an S/N ratio of 60dB at f10. The camera's video signals are digitized with 14-bit A/D conversion and up to 38-bit internal digital processing circuits.
Designed as a companion camera system, the Ikegami HDK-79EXIII uses the same sensor block and identical video path as the HDK-790EXIII full-digital HDTV studio camera system, which provides perfectly matching pictures and the same operating functions. Both cameras can be used for multistandard, simulcast broadcasting in HDTV or SDTV. Using the downconverter incorporated in the Ikegami CCU-790A CCU, the HDK-790EXIII and 79EXIII can be operated as high-end NTSC studio cameras. Both HDTV video and SDTV (NTSC) are provided simultaneously from the CCU-790A in both digital and analog form.
Both the Ikegami HDK-790EXIII and 79EXIII also feature advanced detail correction for richer reproduction of details in skin tones and dark backgrounds. Accurate color reproduction is delivered by Ikegami’s Matrix circuits, with three tools available for production use: overall color saturation, a six-vector color corrector and a two-channel custom color where one or two keyed colors can be manipulated over a wide range in color phase, saturation and luminance level.
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