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Bexel, Ikegami Sign Pact for HD Camera System

Broadcast-equipment rental company Bexel Broadcast Services has entered into a cooperative marketing agreement with Ikegami for the Ikegami’s HDK-79EC HD Native Multi-format CMOS Camera System.

Bexel will bring this new HD camera technology to its top broadcast customers, live-event producers, and mobile truck companies. The HDK-79EC will be available for rent through Bexel’s ten-location national network. The agreement also calls for several cooperative marketing and operational initiatives.

The HDK-79EC employs three 2/3-inch 2.5-megapixel specified CMOS imaging sensors for multiformat HD performance. These 1920x1080 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, 720/120i.

It can be configured as a portable unit or as a studio camera (with full HD studio lens and nine-inch viewfinder) with Ikegami’s SE-79D System Expander. Additional system components include the CCU-790A full-digital camera control unit with built-in broadcast down-converter and the CB-79HD/TA-79HD Triax Adaptor System.