In Broadcast - June 2018 - 67
www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 8 - Issue 6 | June 2018
What's New in
Contributing Editor David Kirk examines
the push towards 4K as the new standard
definition for broadcast cameras...
he six months since we last
surveyed the newest cameras
and camcorders has seen quite a lot of
product announcements, notably at the
April 2018 NAB Show where the push
into High Dynamic Range (HDR) was
evident on many booths in the Central
Hall. 4K is also rapidly becoming the
new 'standard definition' in terms of
manufacturers' focus even if not yet
in terms of transmission. As for 8K?
Maybe next year, maybe not.
Arri has introduced a complete
large-format system based on a 4K
version of the company's Alexa sensor.
It comprises the Alexa LF camera,
Arri Signature Prime lenses, LPL lens
mount, and PL-to-LPL adapter. A
PL-to-LPL adapter offers backwards
compatibility with all PL mount lenses,
whether Super 35 or full frame. The
adapter attaches to the LPL lens
mount without tools, allowing crews
to switch between PL and LPL lenses
Arri has also introduced accessory
kits for the Sony, the Venice camera.
Basic Kits include a plate, a bridge
plate adapter, support rods, and a
quick release plate. Pro Sets come
with an additional top plate, a camera
centre handle and a rod mounting
Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema
Camera 4K is a handheld digital film
camera with full 4/3 HDR sensor, up
to 25600 ISO and a claimed 13 stops
of dynamic range. The camera has a
MFT lens mount, 5-inch touchscreen
monitor, 3D LUTs, four built in
microphones, mini XLR audio input
with phantom power, Bluetooth
wireless camera control and an HDMI
Blackmagic's 4K Pocket Cinema Camera
on set monitoring output. Images can
be recorded onto standard SD cards,
faster UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards
in either ProRes or RAW formats at up
to 60fps and windowed HD at up to
Camera Corps' DMR Head is a fully
remote controlled camera mount
Camera Corps demonstrated its
latest Qx HD camera, offering a more
advanced camera module with a 1/3inch CMOS Full HD sensor delivering
1080p60, 1080p50, 1080i and 720p.
Shutter speed range is 1/4 to 1/8,000
second, imaging sensitivity is F5.6 at
2000lux and minimum illumination
level is 1.5lux at F1.6.
Features include 3D noise reduction,
shading correction, enhanced IR
capability, an integral 18x zoom
lens, automatic exposure, auto white
balance, colour correction, edge
enhancement, noise reduction and
gamma control. Genlock allows easy
synchronisation with other equipment.
Combining the Qx with Camera Corps'
hybrid electro-optical links allows
operation across distances of five
kilometres or more.
Also making their NAB Las Vegas
debut were the Camera Corps
SIMPLY SMPTE MAX and the DMR
(Dual Minio Remote) head. SIMPLY
SMPTE MAX is remote fibre signal
transportation system with five 3G
feeds to support 4K and super-slowmotion applications operated and
powered over long distances.
Each system comprises two
units, base and remote. They
connect via a single SMPTE
311M hybrid cable capable
video and audio from one or more
cameras back to a production
control room. The same cable can
be used to deliver
AC mains power
(240volts at up to
base to remote.
Grass Valley's LDX has a 6x
Two XLR4 sockets, delivering up to a
(firmware licence) upgrade option
combined total of 50 watts at 12 volts,
are also available at the remote end.
existing quad-link SDI interface. The
The new DMR Head is a fully remote CU-HD1300F-S1builds on the features
controlled camera mount based on a of the original CU-HD1300F, combining
dual drive configuration which allows SMPTE fibre transport and multimotorised control of the lateral and, format HDTV support with intercom,
optionally, the vertical angle of a teleprompter return, and additional
counter-balanced carbon-fibre support signal connectivity in 2U. The CUarm. The arm itself can be up to three HD1300F-S1can
nativelymetres in length. An additional fully acquired 1080p video as 4K/UHD over
independent drive governs the camera single-link 12Gbps SDI or quad-link
pan and tilt angles.
The DMR Head is fully weatherproof,
Ikegami's HDK-99 is a fully digital
removing the need for a camera 3-CMOS HDR dockable camera for
operator to be exposed to all weather. portable and studio applications. It
It is compatible with many camera employs three 2.6-megapixel CMOS
makes and models, the default image sensors delivering high picture
recommendation being a Camera quality in HDR at Full-HD 1920 x 1080
Corps Clarity which can capture high resolution. HLG mode maintains
quality HD at up to 480fps for slow- the high contrast required for HDR
motion applications. Where slow- and conforms to the ITU-R BT.2100
motion is not required, the Antelope international standard. Signal-to-noise
Pico is recommended.
ratio is >62dB and sensitivity is a high
Grass Valley's LDX 86 HiSpeed is F11 (59.94Hz).
the company's first 3x speed camera
The sensors natively support 1080i
system to offer an upgrade path /59.94,
to a 6x super slow-motion and 4K 720p/50, 1080p/29.97, 1080p/25
camera system via GV-eLicenses. Live and 1080p/23.98. Also supported
standard-speed output is available are
in addition to the high-speed output. 1080i/119.88, and 1080i/100 3G HDTV
Features include flicker reduction formats. Integral to the HDK-99 is the
system and an extended colour Ikegami AXII processor which allows
gamut supporting ITU-R BT.2020. For fast and precise colour matching for
confined spaces, the LDX C86 Compact live multi-camera applications.
HiSpeed camera provides identical
A Lens Aberration Correction
performance to the LDX 86 HiSpeed function minimises resolution loss
except for AnyLightXtreme, extended and coloured edging caused mainly by
colour gamut and HDR, in a small optical chromatic aberration.
Hitachi announced an optional
firmware upgrade for
its SK-UHD4000 4K
system to enhance
and SDR acquisition.
New optional 12Gbps SDI
output capabilities for the
accompanying CU-HD4000 CCU
have also been added to its Full-HD HDR camera - Ikegami HDK-99