Ikegami GFCAM

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Ikegami-GF-webWith the transition to digital, high-definition broadcasting now gathering pace, video production professionals increasingly require highly capable, integrated solutions that seamlessly connect all parts of the video production workflow, from news acquisition in the field, through editing and archiving, to feeding edited programs to transmission platforms. The advanced system promoted by Ikegami and Toshiba brings ideal solutions to all of these processes. It offers a superior storage platform based on open standards, and delivers enhanced levels of productivity and innovation throughout the video broadcast workflow.

Commenting on the significance of the partnership, Masaki Matsubara, President and CEO of Ikegami said: “We look forward to promoting innovation in the broadcasting industry by working closely with Toshiba. The combination of our expertise in video production fields with Toshiba’s wide-ranging experience and technological excellence in broadcasting systems-especially master control facilities for broadcasters, transmitters, and play-out servers, plus its advanced semiconductor flash-memory technologies-promises an ideal partnership.”

Shunichi Kimura, Corporate Vice President and President and CEO of Toshiba’s Social Infrastructure Systems Company also remarked: “Our alliance with Ikegami, an industry leader in professional cameras, reinforces our efforts to strengthen Toshiba’s position in the global broadcasting industry. We look forward to providing broadcasters and production companies with high value solutions.”


Product Concept
The collaboration between Ikegami and Toshiba blends each company’s expertise to bring new levels of workflow innovation to all stages of video production. The total system comprises the “GFCAM”*1 Hybrid Tapeless Camera; “GFSTATION”*2, an entirely new central video management and recording system based on flash memory; and “GFSTATION PORTABLE,”*3 a portable version of GFSTATION. All image and sound data are recorded to “GFPAK”*4, a removable medium that can be used with all system components. The network connectivity of all system elements creates a highly efficient, highly productive tapeless environment.

Note 1: GFCAM, the newest member of the Editcam family, combines Ikegami’s unsurpassed image quality and flash memory technologies. GFCAM is a development code name.
Notes 2, 3, 4: GFSTATION, GFSTATION PORTABLE, and GFPAK are all development code names.

1. Flash Memory Solution

The new system’s main removable storage medium, GFPAK, used with the GFCAM, GFSTATION, and GFSTATION PORTABLE, is based on semiconductor flash memory. Flash memory offers distinct advantages over optical disc-based and other solutions: with no moving parts, it is rugged, highly impact- and vibration-resistant, and maintenance is easier and much cheaper; it is also a long-life, semi-permanent medium, supporting rewrite cycles in the order of tens of thousands, another significant factor in reducing running costs. GFPAK also integrates proprietary technologies and enhanced error protection that protect data integrity, and supports high-speed random access that boosts working efficiency.

A single GFPAK can store up to 128 minutes of HD images, affording ample recording time when used in the field.

Depending on the application, an alternative hard disk-drive based memory pack is also available. Both the flash-based and HDD packs have the same profile and interface and are completely interchangeable in system components.

2. Workflow Innovation
(1) Multitasking with GFSTATION

The GFSTATION is a multi-task platform built around high-capacity internal flash memory. It is the home for video sources transferred via a network to a non-linear editor, an import terminal for uploads from external sources, and an IN/OUT editor supporting instant direct editing during file transfer from a GFPAK. IN/OUT editing is also possible during recording, via the GFSTATION’s front-panel or its universal controller.

(2) Meta Data and Proxy Data Solutions
As the GFCAM records high-resolution image data, it also simultaneously records proxy video and other meta data. Proxy video, a low-resolution MPEG 4 mirror of the high-resolution image and sound, has the same time code as the original, and can be quickly delivered over a network, or accessed on location, for initial viewing and to support scripting and editing. By recording INPUT/OUTPUT points set by a PC, replay of materials according to these points is easily done either on GFSTATION or GF STATION PORTABLE. Other meta data recorded during acquisition supports workflow efficiency by logging all key facts on the shoot-the date, location, program name, and equipment used.

3. Open Solutions
Every component of the system is built around open standards, including such codecs and formats as MPEG2 Long GOP/I-Frame and MXF. This approach supports broadcasters and production companies in making a gradual transition from existing systems to a new tapeless environment, and also facilitates interoperability with diverse third-party equipment and systems. Ikegami and Toshiba will draw on this open standard approach in forging partnerships with developers of non-linear editors.

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Sony’s prototype single lens 3D camera

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This prototype camera from Sony is designed specifically to film 2 images from one lens. Set to debut at CEATEC next week, the HFR Comfort-3D records at 240 fps through just one lens instead of two thanks to a new half-mirror system that takes left and right eye images at the same time, better for capturing fast motion and providing viewers lacking polarized glasses a 2D picture with minimal blurring.


As you can see instead of using two lenses which brings it’s own problems, focusing being one of them, Sony have decided to run with one lens and two recording devices, this in my opinion makes the 3D camera not only aesthetically pleasing but is far more practical and should allow smaller camcorders in the future.

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Larry’s Tip of the Day

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IOV Show 14-15th October 2009

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VenueHall 2, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE
Opening times: 14th October 2009 – 10am till 5pm – 15th October 2009 – 10am till 4pm

2-weeks to go before the doors open!

Register for Free Entry Now
Make your way to Europe’s leading event dedicated to the professional videographer! 100s of products – 100s of deals!

Entrance to IOV2009 is open to IOV members and non-members alike. With literally hundreds of deals on all the latest professional video technology under one roof – there is no better time to See, Try and Buy!

Exhibitor List update
A late surge in stand sales has broadened the event even further. The list of exhibiting companies and supporting manufacturers continues to grow for IOV2009 – with more exhibitors to be announced in the final weeks before the doors open.

Keep an eye on the website for the latest details.

The IOV Awards Ceremony

Last few tickets remain!!!
7pm – 14th October
Sky Creations Lounge, Ricoh Arena

The IOV Awards Ceremony will take place at 7pm at the end of the first day of IOV2009. Hosted by TV Presenter, Maggie Philbin, the IOV Awards Ceremony consists of a prestigious gala dinner, followed by the awards presentations and culminating in live music entertainment until late.

This will be the first time the 2009 winners will be revealed for the Corporate, Wedding Day Film, Open, Documentary, Music Video and Film categories (see short-listed titles here). And, for the first time ever, there will also be a presentation made for the Best Overall entry!

Entrance to this event is only £49.95 per person, including complimentary wine on your table.

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72 LED light…£10 Maplin !

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72-LED-lightThis 72 LED light is 22cm long by 6cm wide by 3cm depth almost the same size as a £300 camera top light ! You see where I am coming from…as soon as you change it’s purpose ie. from a hand light costing £10 to a camera light… you now pay £300.

OK hands up this is far from a usable professional camera light though you could use it for highlighting a foreground subject in 5200K (daylight).

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