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New Orleans is the center of attention for Super Bowl XLVII, with football’s championship contest more highly anticipated than ever before. Viewers who tune in for the big game’s broadcast will see events unfold through the superior imagery of 26 Ikegami HDK-79EC Full Digital Native Multi-Format HD CMOS camera systems.
The Ikegami cameras will arrive via the advanced fleet of F&F Productions, a leading mobile production company. Equipped with its Ikegami HDK-79EC cameras, F&F’s GTX-16 mobile unit will be onsite at the Superdome producing coverage of the pre game, halftime, and post game show the day of the Super Bowl. In addition, the F&F GTX-15 will be broadcasting daily network coverage, live from New Orleans’ historic Jackson Square throughout the week preceding the game
“F&F has rolled with 100% Ikegami for decades,” says George Orgera, President and CEO of F&F. “The picture quality of the Ikegami HDK-79EC is superb, and they have the reliability and support to match. These are cameras we can use to produce the world’s biggest broadcast with complete confidence.”
Ikegami’s HDK-79EC employ CMOS imagers with an advanced design providing such benefits as reduced power consumption and a lower operating temperature, according to the company. The HDK-79EC can be used with Ikegami’s CCU-890M camera control unit for built-in fiber and optional triax connectivity for convenient mobile and studio flexibility. Users can choose the type of camera cable with a simple switch at the CCU, combined with mounting the docking FA fiber adapter or TA triax adapter to the camera head. An optional 1080/60p dual-processing capability is also available.
“When it comes to this big game, the expectations for broadcasters and viewers alike elevate each and every year – 2013’s matchup in New Orleans will be no exception,” Orgera notes. “Ikegami is essential for meeting and surpassing Super Bowl standards.”
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (IBC — Stand 1.D11), September 07, 2012 — F&F Productions, a premiere mobile production company based in Clearwater, Fla., will be expanding the capabilities of its fleet of high-definition (HD) outside broadcast (OB) trucks with the additional purchase of four new Kayenne™ Video Production Center switchers, which will be upgraded to—or installed as—the new Grass Valley 3G-ready Kayenne Video Production Center with the new K-Frame available in Q4. The first of the new Kayenne switchers has already been installed for the NFL football season in the US. The remaining three switchers are scheduled for a staggered installation between December and January. Prior to this order, F&F Productions already had one Kayenne switcher installed.
This order, which will give F&F Productions an all Kayenne fleet, allows the company to do bigger productions because of the creative power of the Kayenne switcher, providing the company with a significant competitive advantage. The 3G-ready Kayenne will offer pristine 1080p (3 Gb/s) support, enabling F&F Productions to produce the high-quality productions that producers are demanding, in a wide variety of HD format—including stereoscopic 3D—allowing F&F Productions to realize a fast return on its investment and grow its business.
LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER, BOOTH C-5426, APRIL 18-21, 2005: Coverage of a U.S. Presidential Inauguration is a huge undertaking that requires critical decisions and a great amount of coordination, which is why ABC News selected F & F Productions, LLC as their preferred remote production facilities vendor for their coverage of the 2005 Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush.
“Any time there is an event of this magnitude we are working under a great deal of pressure,” explained Bill McKechney, Vice President of Engineering for F&F Productions. “Our clients have huge expectations that our equipment performs flawlessly, which is why F&F relied upon its inventory of Ikegami High Definition cameras to capture this historic nine-hour live event.”
With F&F’ GTX-11 HD Mobile unit parked at the Capitol and the GTX-12 – its identical twin – parked at ABC’ News Bureau in Washington D.C., the two sites deployed 14 Ikegami HDK-725P cameras in the cold, harsh weather to capture the scene as the nation’ political leaders arrived on the morning of January 20, 2005. “The reliability of the Ikegami cameras is second to none and they performed excellently,” said McKechney. “Ikegami’ HDK-725P is a top-of-the-line, full digital, native 720p HDTV portable camera system.”
The HDK-725P employs Ikegami’ newly developed 2/3-inch native 720p IT CCD’ for exceptional High-Definition image capture. The camera’ fully digital, high picture quality is also provided by Ikegami’ newly developed digital process ASIC’ (application specific integrated circuits), precision-designed at 0.18 micron with up to 38-bit quantization for internal digital processing. Non-linear processes such as gamma correction are performed digitally, ensuring consistent picture quality and stability.
The HDK-725P also features new HDTV system accessories that make it perfect for field applications, including the TA-79HD docking Triax Adaptor and CB-79HD CCU (camera control unit) side Converter Box. The CCU converter enables use of triax or fiber cable without any reconfiguration. Docking-type adaptors for triax or fiber cable make camera configuration quick and easy. And no local AC power is necessary because the CCU provides AC power for the full system. And for users wanting to configure the HDK-725P for studio use, Ikegami’ SE-79D System Expander allows for attachment of a studio lens and operation with a seven-inch viewfinder.
“There were five specific things we looked at as necessary criteria for the cameras we used at the Presidential Inauguration” McKechney explained regarding the HDK-725P’. These specifics included the camera’ ability to use triax, SMPTE fiber, or single-mode fiber. The camera also had to be native progressive. Viewfinder performance was also high on McKechney’ list of necessary features; it was essential to assist camera operators in framing and focusing during the nine-hour live telecast. “ABC had a vision to bring the nation to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration coverage; this mandated the cameras being placed in locations that were long distances from the truck, requiring the cameras to be used in stand-alone configurations, with utilization of all the controls and viewfinders,” McKechney explained. “The HDK-725P met all those requirements and the cameras performed exactly as we needed them to.”
“We have had Ikegami cameras since the early 1980′ and one of the most important reasons has been the reliability as well as the stellar service and support Ikegami has provided our company for all of the camera lines we have purchased throughout the years,” McKechney added.
F&F’ latest Ikegami purchase consists of 24 HDK-79EC Full Digital High Definition camera systems. Designed as a multi-standard, simulcast broadcasting camera to meet the format requirements of both HDTV (1080i/720p) and SDTV (480i/480p), the HDK-79EC uses the revolutionary CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) image sensor. CMOS technology offers several advantages, including smaller camera size, decreased power consumption, and multi-format and high-speed capabilities.