Ikegami, a globally active innovator in broadcast media technology, announces the integration of eight UHK-430 camera systems at Thai Parliament Television (TPTV), the national assembly radio and television broadcasting station of Thailand. The cameras are now in full use at the recently completed Sappaya-Sapasathan parliament house in Bangkok, allowing 4K broadcast quality coverage of legislative proceedings.
TPTV was launched in August 2006 for the main purpose of televising the sessions of the Thai House of Representatives and Senate. TPTV also airs political issues, educational and edutainment programs, both live and recorded. Its programs are transmitted via satellite and digital terrestrial platforms, distributed via YouTube as TPchannel.
4K was a crucial requirement for TPTV when choosing the cameras. Another was the need for IP connectivity, targeting future expansion. Ikegami UHK-430 cameras incorporate three 4K native sensors which allow them to capture content at very high quality. In addition to its 4K performance, the CCU-430 camera control unit has an IP interface. Plugging in an optional MoIP board makes IP network connection possible.
“These features were evaluated by TPTV and we believe they were the triggers of their decision,” comments Yasunori Kanno, president of Ikegami Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. “Ikegami has been promoting its visibility in the Thai market through local distributor B.E.C. Co., Ltd. (B.E.C.) via Ikegami Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. B.E.C has more than 25 years of experience with Ikegami and has achieved a high reputation for excellent after-sales support. We believe that was also a key factor in this project.”
Ikegami’s UHK-430 is a 4K-native camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR pro-cessing. Its three 2/3-inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3-inch broadcast lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses. In its standard form, the UHK-430 weighs just 4.6 kg. Dimensions are 149 mm wide x 243 mm high x 340 mm front-to-back.
An integrated Ikegami AXII processor enables the UHK-430 to deliver 40 gigabit/s un-compressed full bandwidth video transmission. The AXII also supports a wide range of features including 16-axis colour correction and focus-assist for 4K and HD video modes.
Designed for use with the UHK-430, the 3U 18.5 kg CCU-430 camera control unit supports easy migration from HD to 4K live production. Features include switchable 4 x 3G-SDI 4K output as well as HD output. An optional MoIP module for the CCU-430 allows 4K UHD video plus additional signals such as intercom and return-video feeds to be exchanged between the CCU-430 and a local IP network hub over a lightweight optical fibre instead of requiring multiple SDI cables. This enables easy and low latency signal distribution.