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Ikegami Demonstrates GFCAM Tapeless ENG System
4/25/2008

Ikegami, which introduced the industry’s first tapeless camcorder at NAB 1995, debuted its Flash-based GFCAM system at the 2008 NAB Show and demonstrated the GFCAM system’s tapeless workflow at its booth. Developed in cooperation with Toshiba, a leader in Flash memory, the GFCAM system includes the GFCAM HDS-V10 tapeless camcorder, the GFSTATION GFS-V10 studio deck and GFPAK high-capacity Flash media to record more than two hours of HD video.

The GFCAM tapeless HD ENG system—which features an open-codec HD/SD architecture, proxy video and metadata convenience—leverages the increasing integration of IT networking in the broadcast industry and delivers unprecedented file-based HD workflow efficiencies extending from digital video capture to nonlinear editing to content delivery.

The GFCAM system’s HDS-V10 tapeless camcorder is an advanced, affordable 3-CCD model that offers 1080i/720p HDTV format support, multiple digital recording modes and advanced features including Retro Loop recording.

The GFSTATION GFS-V10 studio deck is a Flash-based central video management and recording system with extensive connectivity that includes a front-mounted USB port. Both the GFCAM and GFSTATION use GFPAK media, a removable Flash memory cartridge with up to 64 GB capacity and a convenient USB port for access to file-based video even when GFPAK is not installed in either the camcorder or the deck.

Responding to the growing need for stable, economical HD video archiving, Ikegami showed the HDS-300R external holographic drive at NAB, which enables users of Ikegami's GFCAM tapeless HD ENG system or Ikegami’s Editcam3 or EditcamHD tapeless camcorders to transfer edited or camera-original video content via network interfaces to 300 GB cartridges with all the advantages of tapeless nonlinear archiving and retrieval. This emerging holographic technology boasts a roadmap with large strides in increasing capacity and speed on the same cost-effective, DVD-sized discs.

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