Neal Coffey, manager of operations and engineering, Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center at Syracuse University
MAYWOOD, N.J. — Syracuse University recently unveiled its new Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. An expansive $18 million facility, it will instruct the next generation of media professionals with four Ikegami HDK-95C portable CMOS camera systems, as well as four new HDL-57 one-piece multiformat HDTV cameras with 2.5-megapixel CMOS sensors. The integrator for this project was The Systems Group of Hoboken, N.J.
The Ikegami cameras will be in use across two soundstages and three control rooms, and will see extensive use by students across three departments: traditional radio/TV/film, broadcast journalism, and online journalism. Syracuse University had long experience with Ikegami cameras and didn’t hesitate to turn to them again for the Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center.
“University budget cycles can be few and far between — we have to make purchase decisions that we know we’ll be able to live with,” said Neal Coffey, manager of operations and engineering for Newhouse. “When evaluating cameras, reliability is the number-one consideration: That’s why we selected Ikegami.”
Tasked with preparing its students for best practices when they begin working in the real world, Syracuse’s Ikegami HDK-95C and HDL-57 cameras — both equipped with CMOS sensors — expose students to the broadcast-quality imagery.
“These are beautiful cameras,” Coffey said. “The pictures they create really benefit the students, when they see what current technology can do and the kind of content they can create with it.”
Part of Ikegami’s Unicam HD line, the HDK-95C HD portable digital camera is equipped with native multiformat 2.5-million pixel, 2/3-inch CMOS sensors. It also features an upgrade path to 24p and 3G formats, including 1080/60p and 4:4:4 24p.
The one-piece Ikegami HDL-57’s will see heavy use in newsroom applications at Newhouse. The HDL-57 provides clean picture quality in a small device with low power consumption. All native 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, and 1080/23.98p formats are available from the camera head.
Versatility is also a key component of the HDK-95C’s design: providing end-to-end digital processing, it features a low-profile docking camera head for fiber, triax, or wireless applications. Meanwhile, its multiformat capabilities gave Syracuse added value.
“We wanted an HD camera that would afford us optimal flexibility,” Coffey said. “This is a 60i plant, but we liked the upgradeable features on the HDK-95C, which allows us to move up to 1080p with a software update.”
Just as important to a university environment, where student users often subject cameras to extreme use, Ikegami’s customer service had passed the test with Syracuse.
“We’ve had Ikegami cameras in our plant before, and we’ve always been quite pleased with their support,” said Coffey. “The quick commissioning of these new cameras proved it again — it only took 1.5 days to complete. Having Ikegami in the classroom is an important part of their experience.”