Sport View Technologies brings pari-mutuel race coverage to the next level

In the fast-paced world of pari-mutuel racing, Sport View Technologies aims to be the thoroughbred of broadcast systems integrators.

To ensure every visual subtlety of a race is communicated clearly to a track's patrons, Sport View has specified the Ikegami HL-60W and HC-D57W full-digital cameras.

The company is integrating 20 new Ikegami cameras into custom design/build projects for horse and dog track racing. According to company executive director of business development Josh Shanahan, the intention is to “bring the player into the action” with the cameras. The company specified the Ikegami cameras because they react well to varying light conditions and “provide true blacks and true whites,” he said.

At the race courses where Sport View designs video systems, there can be as many as four Ikegami HL-60W-manned cameras in towers, complemented by another HL-60W "pan camera" assigned to zooming. For Sport View, the cameras must be reliable and provide the best possible video quality for race viewers.

Combining digital signal processing features with compact size and low power consumption (9.8 watts), the switchable 16:9/4:3 HL-60W delivers crisp imagery and value.

Images are captured with its three-chip AIT 520,000 pixel CCDs and new Ikegami DSP ASIC technology with 0.18-micron design. The camera offers up to 38-bit internal processing, 67dB signal-to-noise ratio, a high picture sensitivity of f 11 and low vertical smear of -135dB.

Joining the HL-60W in Sport View Technologies' race track installations are Ikegami HC-D57W camcorders, which give track videographers a mobile option for capturing images from the winner's circle.

With coverage of pari-mutuel racing quickly becoming as sophisticated as any other televised competition, superb image quality has become a necessity for a winning event.

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