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University of Tennessee Chooses Ikegami Cameras

College sports video upgrade

Ikegami HDK-95C at the University of Tennessee

MAYWOOD, N.J. — A fresh face on the University of Tennessee campus is the Ikegami HDK-95C portable CMOS camera system. UTenn is part of the SEC Network, a major force in sports broadcasting that reaches more than 90 million homes.

“The SEC Network also allows us to increase the volume of stories we tell,” said Barry Rice, assistant athletic director for broadcasting at the University of Tennessee. “Now we’ll push far beyond football and basketball. Suddenly volleyball, softball, baseball, soccer and all of our student athletes have a platform they’ve never dreamed could exist.”

Rice and his team selected the CMOS-equipped Ikegami HDK-95C HD portable digital camera, part of the company’s Unicam HD line. Equipped with native multiformat 2.5-megapixel, 2/3-inch CMOS sensors, the HDK-95C also features an upgrade path to 24p and 3G formats, including 1080/60p and 4:4:4 24p.

According to Ikegami, CMOS sensors now meet and exceed the performance of CCDs pickup devices in sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio and resolution. They continue to offer low power consumption, no vertical smear, and a high degree of format flexibility. With extensive ongoing research and development in this technology, the adoption of CMOS for broadcast camera use is now the trend.

Rice and his team had three priorities: look amazing on all formats, durable enough to take an SEC-size beating, and be cost-effective – a combination that the university evaluated carefully.

“The HDK-95C stood up to every test,” Rice said.