MAYWOOD N.J., June 10, 2009 â€“ When a popular TV station also operates a full-service HD video facility with two busy studios, maintaining an efficient production workflow is an important consideration. At KGEB TV-53 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this challenge is met by using Ikegamiâ€™s GFCam HDS-V10 Flash Memory tapeless HD camcorder. Employing three advanced 2/3-inch CCDâ€™s and available in native 1080i or native 720p versions, the GFCam HDS-V10 records 4:2:2 digital video in the MPEG-2 MXF file format on removable Flash RAM media for maximum tapeless workflow efficiency.
â€œThe stumbling blocks of long ingest times from tape-based formats have been removed with the Ikegami GFCam HDS-V10 camcorder,â€? says Bill Lee, Director of Engineering for KGEB-TV, the flagship station of the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network located at the Oral Roberts University Campus. â€œBeing able to do a quick file transfer of footage from our 1080i GFCam into an NLE makes a lot of sense.â€?
Part of Ikegamiâ€™s new GFSeries tapeless Flash RAM HD production system, the GFCam HDS-V10 is a rugged, broadcast-grade ENG camcorder that records to durable GFPak Flash RAM cartridges manufactured by Toshiba, a world leader in Flash RAM. GFPaks support tens of thousands of rewrite cycles and are available in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacities. A 64GB GFPak can hold two hours of full-resolution 50Mbps 1920 x 1080/4:2.2 HD video. GFPaks feature a remaining-capacity indicator, a high-speed S-ATA interface, and a built-in USB 2.0 port for instant connection to leading nonlinear editing systems.
â€œFrom an editing standpoint, I really appreciate that I can take the GFPak out of the GFCam, connect it to the computer with a simple USB cable, and then drag-and-drop the files into Final Cut and go,â€? says Charmaine Lee, Director of Creative Services for KGEB. â€œInstead of dealing with the typical log-and-transfer process with other cameras, I can move straight to editing.â€?
Drawing from Ikegamiâ€™s long experience in having introduced the industryâ€™s first tapeless camcorder (the Editcam, in 1995), the new GFCam features such Intelligent Recording innovations as Retro Loop (so videographers never miss a shot) and a time-lapse function.
â€œIntelligent Recording features like Retro Loop are very useful,â€? notes Charmaine Lee. â€œIf you donâ€™t want to miss an event thatâ€™s once in a lifetime, you can just set up the camera in Retro Loop recording, and even if you press the RECORD button after the fact youâ€™re good to go. So if youâ€™re taping a building demolition or waiting for a world record to be broken, youâ€™ve got it with the GFCam.â€?
One of the latest new features of Ikegamiâ€™s GFCam is the ability to instantly export thumbnail clips via Bluetooth directly to a laptop application for fast logging, metadata insertion, and other workflow advantages.
â€œWe are excited about the prospective capabilities of the GFCamâ€™s Bluetooth interface, as announced by Ikegami at NAB 2009,â€? Charmaine Lee adds. â€œIt will completely change the logging of metadata files. It will be a wonderful thing to sit there with your laptop and input shot information as youâ€™re rolling. Having the metadata all ready from the field when you come back will add a level of convenience.â€?
The GFCamâ€™s superior Ikegami HD image quality is another aspect of the camera that Bill Lee points to as an important factor for KGEB, which also has four Ikegami HDK-79EC HD native multi-format HD CMOS camera systems.
â€œThe 1080i imagery of our GFCam is beautiful,â€? Bill Lee notes. â€œIt matches well with our Ikegami HDK-79â€™s, which are also gorgeous-looking cameras. The colorimetry is quite accurate. Itâ€™s clean, crisp, and not over-enhanced. The colors are vibrant without being oversaturated. We also like the form factor of the camera: it has a balance that makes it easier to use, especially for pans and tilts. Thatâ€™s a big factor in production.â€?
KGEBâ€™s two studios comprise a combined area of more than 11,000 square feet. As Bill and Charmaine Lee explain, having the workflow advantage of being able to instantly ingest 1080i GFCam HD into the stationâ€™s Final Cut Pro editing workstations is a big advantage when youâ€™re simultaneously managing student camera crews and the need to maintain a competitive visual edge.
â€œWorkflow and bang for the buck is what drives a lot of our decision-making,â€? Bill Lee concludes. â€œHaving a very flexible camera at a very effective cost point is a big plus for our station. We can go straight from shooting to editing to air with the Ikegami GFCam.â€?
Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc. is a leading supplier of professional broadcasting products in the Western Hemisphere. With U.S. offices in New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, the Ikegami name is recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art television cameras and closed-circuit TV equipment. Ikegamiâ€™s universal High Definition TV cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the transition to the High Definition Television Format.
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