Ikegami HL-65W Portable Cams Bring Jaguars Fans Closer

Each of the Ikegami HL-65s is deployed throughout the 67,164-seat stadium to deliver live game-day coverage of the Jaguars and their fans, bringing images to the dual Jumbotron 60-by-156-foot scoreboards.
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At Jacksonville (Fla.) Municipal Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, production crews are using five HL-65W full-digital broadcast cameras and one tapeless DNS-33W Editcam3 form Ikegami for nonlinear acquisition.

Each of the Ikegami HL-65s is deployed throughout the 67,164-seat stadium to deliver live game-day coverage of the Jaguars and their fans, bringing images to the dual Jumbotron 60-by-156-foot scoreboards.

“The crispness of our new Ikegami cameras makes our fans’ game-day experience that much better,” said Adam Lane, Jaguars senior producer. “From our live coverage to pre-produced spots and video elements, the increase in clarity has been significant. It has been noticed by everyone from our ticket-holders to the news media.”

The upgrade to an all-digital video production plant has also benefited from the integration of Ikegami’s tapeless DNS-33W Editcam3 camcorder.

“We work on Avids and make heavy use of the ‘plug-and-play’ functionality,” Lane said. “During the week, we use the Editcam3 to shoot our sponsored elements and locker room interviews. Instead of dealing with tape, we simply offload the footage into the Avid and wipe the camera’s removable media. From both a workflow and picture quality standpoint, the Editcam3 has been a great addition here.”

The lightweight 14-bit full-digital HL-65W is equipped with advanced digital signal processing ICs that digitize its video signal with 14-bit A/D conversion and up to 38-bit internal processing. Camera settings can be stored on an SD memory card, which greatly simplifies setup. In addition, newly developed AIT (Advanced Interline Transfer) CCDs offer high sensitivity of f11 and low smear level of -135dB.

The DNS-33W Editcam3 is a 520,000-pixel AIT (Advanced Interline Transfer) CCD camcorder that features such innovations as Retroloop (so videographers never miss a shot), Intelligent Recording (which enables Editcam to automatically record to available media space), and Timelapse Recording. Editcam3 records to either its hard-drive FieldPak or to solid-state RAMPak media. Current FieldPak capacities go up to 160 GB; RAMPaks at present offer 32 MB but will increase in capacity as solid state recording technology advances. Editcam’s 80GB FieldPak2 can record six hours of DV25 digital video, with DV50 and IMX formats available as options.