MAYWOOD, NEW JERSEY, September 10, 2009 – Users of the new versions of Avid® NewsCutter®, Media Composer®, and Symphony™ editing systems now have direct access to – and compatibility with – HD video footage and metadata created using Ikegami’s GFCam HDS-V10 tapeless Flash memory camcorder. The capability was announced by Avid today, as a feature of the company’s AMA (Avid Media Access) plug-in architecture. Avid created (and continually updates) the AMA plug-in architecture to support codecs from major camera manufacturers to provide end-users with the best possible production workflow efficiencies.

“Ikegami and Avid share a long history of cooperation in pioneering tapeless video acquisition,” states Fumio Yamaguchi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ikegami Electronics U.S.A., Inc. “Today Ikegami’s GFCam HDS-V10 tapeless Flash RAM HD camcorder and GFSeries tapeless HD Flash memory production solution represent the industry’s most advanced broadcast-grade nonlinear HD video acquisition solution. Avid’s support for GFCam, as a result of its new AMA plug-in architecture, is the latest chapter in its long relationship with Ikegami. Together the two companies are providing television news professionals and the broadcast and production industries with leading-edge tapeless, nonlinear workflow advantages that deliver superior HD quality and speed-to-air with the powerful features and user benefits of many of Avid’s world-renown broadcast and post production solutions.”

Avid AMA provides support for both Ikegami’s 50Mbps and 100Mbps GFCam formats. As a result, users can easily connect Ikegami GFCam removable Flash RAM GFPak media to an Avid editing system via GFPak’s built-in USB 2.0 port or high-speed S-ATA interface, and begin viewing and cutting footage immediately with no need to import, transcode, copy, and/or move media or use other software to view or extract clips.

Media management for Ikegami’s GFCam is also enhanced, in that Avid’s new AMA Plug-In Architecture supports and displays all metadata associated with Ikegami GFCam video clips. Among the newest GFCam advances announced by Ikegami is software that enables shooters with a laptop or PDA to see thumbnails of clips captured with the GFCam via a Bluetooth wireless connection. Users can use and/or attach metadata and other production notes to these clips with this function.

Ikegami GFCam and GFSeries

Part of Ikegami’s GFSeries tapeless Flash RAM HD production solution, the GFCam HDS-V10 is a rugged, broadcast-grade ENG camcorder that employs three advanced 2/3-inch CCD’s and is available in native 1080i or native 720p versions. The GFCam records MPEG-2 Long GOP/I-Frame media to GFPak Flash RAM media, which supports tens of thousands of rewrite cycles. GFPaks are available in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacities. A 64GB GFPak can hold two hours of full-resolution 50Mbps 1920 x 1080/4:2.2 HD video the MPEG-2 MXF file format. In addition to a built-in USB 2.0 port and high-speed S-ATA interface referenced above, GFPaks also feature a remaining-capacity indicator. GFCam also features such Ikegami Intelligent Recording innovations as Retro Loop (so videographers never miss a shot) and a time-lapse function.

Other components of Ikegami’s GFSeries tapeless Flash RAM HD production solution include: the GFStation Flash RAM studio deck/IP-networked server; the new GF Station Portable player/recorder; GF Player low-cost desktop playback machine; GFAdapter for direct media interface to tower PC’s; the multi-slot Studio GFAdapter; and Ikegami’s Media Manager software for efficient GFSeries integration with large server-based production environments.

Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc. is a leading supplier of professional broadcasting products in the Western Hemisphere. With U.S. offices in New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, the Ikegami name is recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art television cameras and closed-circuit TV equipment. Ikegami’s universal High Definition TV cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the transition to the High Definition Television Format.

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